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The Authentic Spanish Wines of Alberto Orte

Alberto Orte Espejo is a talented Spanish winemaker who handcrafts unique wines from Spain’s indigenous grape varieties.  The grapes are primarily sourced from low yielding old vines grown in exceptional sites often at high altitudes in different regions of Spain.  Orte’s wines … Continue reading

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Bibbiano Chianti Classico: New Releases

Located in the commune of Castellina in Chianti, the 220 hectare Tenuta di Bibbiano is one of Chianti Classico’s historical wine properties. We’ve visited the estate and tasted several vintages of Bibbiano’s wines over the years. And we recorded an … Continue reading

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Proposed US Wine Tariffs Would Radically Change the Wine Market

The US is the world’s most important importer of wine, purchasing about $18 billion in wine in 2019.  So changes in the US market have outsize effects on countries that are the major exporters of wine. The US wine market has … Continue reading

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2019 Vintage Rosés from Around the World

Today, good quality rosé wines are made all over the world. In this article we focus on some of the most popular 2019 rosés on the market in the US.  The wines reviewed here are from Provence and other areas … Continue reading

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The Craig Stoller Collection: Sextant and Paris Valley Road

These wines form part of the Craig Stoller Collection created by owner and director of winemaking, Craig Stoller, and his wife Nancy. Craig is from a family of California vine growers and is a graduate in horticulture from Cal Poly.  He … Continue reading

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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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