Monthly Archives: May 2020

Tavel: France’s Other Rosé

Tavel makes the “no wimpy wines” of the rosé world.  In sharp contrast with the popular, pale colored rosés of Provence, those of Tavel are gutsy, dark colored and deeply flavored rosés made from vines that struggle to grow in the … Continue reading

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South Africa’s Top Ten Sparkling Cuvées in 2020

Our just published report on South Africa’s Outstanding Sparkling Wines noted the high quality of the champenoise méthode (Méthode Cap Classique–MCC) bubblies made in the country. We also provided reviews of the many MCCs we tasted earlier this year. In … Continue reading

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Tenuta Santa Maria: New Valpolicella and Amarone Releases

The sixth generation of the Bertani family maintains the family tradition of producing quality Veronese wines at their Tenuta Santa Maria estate.  They make a range of wines from Soave to Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Ripasso and Amarone della Valpolicella.  The Gaetano brothers … Continue reading

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Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County’s Hawk and Horse Vineyard: 2008-2016

Hawk and Horse is a family-owned and operated, Demeter-Biodynamic certified vineyard located in the Mayacamas Mountain range of the Red Hills AVA of Lake County [see map below].  The 18 acre, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard has red volcanic soils and … Continue reading

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Clarice: 2018 Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands

We recently held a virtual tasting of the 2018 Clarice Pinot Noir with the talented veteran winemaker Adam Lee.  We originally planned to meet in Washington to taste the wines, as we had last year, but COVID19 got in the way … Continue reading

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Selections from J.K. Carriere of the Willamette Valley

Jim Prosser started the J.K. Carriere label in 1999 and in 2009 planted his own dry farmed, organically farmed vineyard on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.  In addition to Chehalem, he sources fruit from … Continue reading

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Napa’s Castello di Amorosa Spreads its Wings

This Napa-based family winery was opened in April 2007 by owner Dario Sattui.  It operates from an authentically built castle and winery situated in the hills just south of the city of Calistoga.  On our visit to the Castello a … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Quady North: America’s Most Serious Rosé

Herb Quady is arguably America’s most serious producer of rosé wines. He plants vineyards and sources fruit from vineyards specifically for making rosé, often using cooler, east facing sites.  He does mostly direct, whole cluster pressing and does small presses … Continue reading

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2Hawk Vineyard of Oregon’s Rogue Valley: New Releases

The 2Hawk Vineyard and Winery, located in the Bear Creek sub-basin of the Rogue River, is small but growing fast. In this article, we review some of their latest releases. With new vineyard plantings in an up and coming wine … Continue reading

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