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Barolo and Barbaresco: Recent Tastings from Top Producers

The Langhe offers ideal growing conditions for Nebbiolo, and the producers we review here are among the finest at crafting both Barolo and Barbaresco.  Not only do they source from the finest vineyards in the region, they apply great talent … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Wines of Brazil

We recently had the opportunity to taste several Brazilian wines provided to us by Wines of Brazil. Brazilian wines are not as well known as those of Chile and Argentina, but it has been gradually gaining international recognition, especially for … Continue reading

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Collio’s Russiz Superiore: New Releases

Russiz Superiore is one of Collio’s most storied, family estates, and its wines are some of the most esteemed of Italy. We visited the estate and met with owner and winemaker Roberto Felluga while preparing our just-published Report #63 The … Continue reading

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Domaine Naturaliste of Australia’s Margaret River: New Releases

It’s been several years since we tasted wines in Australia’s Margaret River region, so when we learned that winemaker Bruce Dukes was visiting Washington DC we jumped at the chance to sit down with him to taste his wines. Bruce … Continue reading

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Beaujolais Climat Wines from Moulin-à-Vent: New Releases

Moulin-à-Vent is the most famous wine growing region of Beaujolais. Last month we traveled to Beaujolais to participate in a tasting of the current releases, including wines made from specific geographic areas called climats in addition to Moulin-à-Vent blends. These … Continue reading

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Prosecco, Prosecco Superiore, & Cartizze: Incredible Values from the Best Producers

Sales of Prosecco are exploding in the US, UK, Italy, and everywhere else where consumers seek sparkling wine at an affordable price. In this article, we review the best of the current releases.  Those who can afford to drink Champagne … Continue reading

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Current Releases of the Chateau du Moulin-à-Vent

Last month we traveled to Beaujolais to taste the new releases from the Moulin-à-Vent Grand Cru. While there we visited the Chateau du Moulin-à-Vent, which is named after the iconic windmill that sits adjacent to its vineyard. We tasted their … Continue reading

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Szigeti: Sparkling Wine from Austria

Sektellerei Szigeti is one of Austria’s most important producers of sparkling wine, or sekt, all made using the méthode champenoise, often with extended time on the lees. We recently met up with Peter Szigeti to taste the current releases and … Continue reading

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Friuli Isonzo: The Wines of Lis Neris

When 4th generation wine grower Alvaro Pecorari assumed management of the family’s San Lorenzo Isontino estate in 1982, he put the focus on quality. Today Lis Neris is widely regarded as one of Friuli’s outstanding wineries and one of the … Continue reading

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The Crios Wines of Argentina’s Susana Balbo

Over the years we’ve had the privilege to taste wines with Susana Balbo both in Buenos Aires and at her winery outside Mendoza. Susana makes super-premium wines under her Susana Balbo, Nosotros, and Ben Marco labels at her Dominio del … Continue reading

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