Yearly Archives: 2019

Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror … Continue reading

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New Sparkling Rosés from North America, Europe and South Africa

Sparkling rosé is made all over the world.  In this article, we review new releases from North America [California, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia] and Europe [Austria, France] and South Africa. Sparkling rosés come from numerous grapes—almost … Continue reading

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2018 Vintage Rosés from Spain and Portugal

This article on the rosés of the Iberian Peninsula is one of a series covering the vintage 2018 rosés currently in the American marketplace. We earlier published an article on Tavel rosés titled Tavel: The Rosé of Kings. Future articles … Continue reading

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Cristal Champagne Through the Ages

We recently dusted off one of those special bottles in our cellar and opened it on an equally special occasion—a dinner with friends of fresh oysters, osso buco, and risotto milanese. That bottle was the Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Champagne, … Continue reading

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Tavel: The Rosé of Kings

The “Rosé of Kings”, Tavel has been the world’s most famous producer of rosé for over 200 years, although wine has been made here since Roman times.  It is said that Tavel was the favorite wine of King Philippe IV, … Continue reading

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Morgan: 2017 Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

Morgan is one of the Santa Lucia Highlands’ finest wineries. Year in and year out, it produces high quality wines at fair prices. The winery is owned and operated by veteran winemaker Dan Lee who has been crafting wine at … Continue reading

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Boordy Vineyards: Reaching New Heights in Maryland

Boordy Vineyards, Maryland’s first modern commercial winery, was founded in 1945 by Philip Wagner,  author of the 1933 book American Wines and How to Make Them. While Wagner’s wines won praise, he became best known for his advocacy of the … Continue reading

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Di Giovanna: New Releases from Sicily

Sicily’s Di Giovanna winery has 56 hectares of organically certified vineyards spread across five different vineyard sites at relatively high elevations in the DOCs of Contessa Entellina and Sambuca di Sicilia. Two vineyards are located in the Monte Genuardo Nature … Continue reading

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Wines of the East Coast: Rapid Progress on Many Fronts

The wines of the East Coast are making progress on many fronts.  Noteworthy improvements in the quality of East Coast wines and their unique character are attracting growing numbers of wine enthusiasts. Today, more than ever before, consumers along the … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield Spring 2019 Portfolio Review

Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield have collaborated in making some of the Russian River’s finest wines from Dutton Ranch vineyards since 1998. The source of most of their fruit is the Dutton Ranch, owned by the Dutton Family and comprised … Continue reading

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