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Aridus Wines from Arizona and New Mexico

The Aridus Wine Company sources its fruit from diverse vineyards in southeastern Arizona (mostly Cochise County) and New Mexico, including their 5,200 foot high, 40 acre estate vineyard along Turkey Creek in Pearce, Arizona. Owners Scott and Joan Dahmer began … Continue reading

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Single Vineyard 2015 Nebbiolos from Roero’s Malvirà

  Malvirà is one of Roero’s most prestigious wine estates. It produces some serious red wines made from the Piedmont’s Nebbiolo grape. In this article, we review their single vineyard Roeros, mostly from the 2015 vintage but also including a … Continue reading

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Buy Champagne Now Before Tariffs Hit: Twelve Top Values

The price of Champagne continues its rise, and proposed 100% US tariffs could put it beyond the reach of most wine lovers. The smart consumer will stock up on Champagne now. To help you, we’ve identified a dozen extremely good … Continue reading

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Bruno Paillard’s Exquisite Champagnes

Bruno Paillard accomplished what many thought impossible—creating a new, prestigious Champagne house from scratch.  Champenois by birth, he had the advantage of a family history of growing grapes in Champagne, and he began by working in the Champagne wine trade. … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Champagne (Sillery) & Food

In this article, we report on our tasting of the wine and food of Thomas Jefferson with special focus on Champagne and the recipes Jefferson acquired while living in France. Our tasting included the Champagne from one of his favorite … Continue reading

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Aniello: New Releases from Patagonia

Aniello is a family winery in the Mainque District of the Upper Rio Negro Valley in Argentina’s Patagonia region.  Its wines are cool climate in their freshness and minerality. They taste like nothing else from Argentina, and they’re very reasonably … Continue reading

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Chile’s Echeverria: Natural Wine and Much More

  Echeverria has joined the “natural” wine band wagon and judging by the 2019 Viogner and Cabernet Franc that we tasted, they’re among the leaders in Chile. Echeverria offers wines to suit everyone’s tastes, ranging from natural wines to the … Continue reading

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Karamoor Estate of Pennsylvania: Excellence Across the Vintages

Nick and Athena Karabots decided to transform their 250 acre Ft Washington estate into vineyards beginning in 2003 and ending in 2013. The estate’s 27 acres of high density (1600-2000 vines/acre) vineyards were planted with the advice of Lucie Morton.  … Continue reading

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The Wines of Babylon’s Peak in South Africa’s Swartland

Located in the Swartland not far from the wineries of Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst, Babylon’s Peak has been in the Basson family since 1919. Its most remarkable feature, aside from deeply rutted roads and a profusion of wildlife, is … Continue reading

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The Wines of Lawer Estates of Knights Valley

Lawer Estates is a Calistoga-based winery owned and operated by David and Betsy Lawer.   Originally from Alaska, the Lawers launched their operation in 2003.   With their extended family and the help of an experienced team of vineyard managers and winemakers,  … Continue reading

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