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Saget La Perrière: New Releases from Pouilly, Sancerre, Chinon, and Muscadet

We recently sat down with Arnaud Saget of Saget La Perrière to taste the latest releases of the wines his firm makes from estate vineyards at La Perrière in the Loire Valley and from long-term growers in Languedoc and elsewhere. … Continue reading

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Chile’s Viña Tres Palacios: New Releases from Coastal Maipo

Tres Palacios is a boutique family winery established by Patricio Palacios near Melpilla in Chile’s coastal range just 35 km from the Pacific Ocean. It is the only winery in the small Valle de Cholquí, a sub-valley of the Maipo … Continue reading

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Wrath Wines: New Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

Sabrine Rodems (shown below with ceramic dolium) makes the excellent Monterey County wine at Wrath with the assistance of grower Steve McIntyre. Wrath Wines is located on the bench land overlooking the Salinas River and just across the river from … Continue reading

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New Releases from Down Under: Zonte’s Footstep, 3 Sisters & A Brother, and Wakefield

Zonte’s Footstep Zonte’s Footstep was established in 2003 in Langhorne Creek, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. We recently met up with Brad Rey, Director and Winemaker, to taste several of their new releases. Brad studied studied winemaking … Continue reading

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Superb Soave Classico from Coffele

The l’Azienda Agricola Coffele has 25 hectares of horse cultivated, organically farmed Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave and other vines growing on the hillsides of the Castelcerino Cru. Up to 400 meters in elevation, the vineyards are among the highest in … Continue reading

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Chianti Rufina from Fattoria I Veroni: 2011-2014

I Veroni is one of the premiere wineries of the Chianti Rufina appellation. We review the latest releases and a vertical of the I Veroni Reserve.

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Ten Astounding Things We Learned About Chilean Wine

We recently traveled to diverse parts of Chile to learn what’s new in Chilean wine. We saw vineyards being planted in extreme locations, adventurous young winemakers experimenting with new grape varieties and winemaking techniques, and a Chilean wine industry that … Continue reading

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Tuscan Coast Selections from I Giusti & Zanza

Located in the Fauglia Hills of the Tuscan Coast, 30 km north of Bolgheri and due west of Florence, I Giusti &Zanza Vigneti has 17 ha of densely planted, organically cultivated vines. We review their latest releases below.  Their vineyards … Continue reading

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Twenty-Five Years of Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: 1988-2013

First made in 1987, Don Melchor is Chile’s original icon wine. We recently tasted several vintages between 1988 and 2013 as part of our research for Report #60 Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution.  The surprising results of the tasting are given at … Continue reading

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Eben Sadie’s Very Old Vine Wines from South Africa: The 2015 Vintage

Eben Sadie is often proclaimed as South Africa’s most original and talented winemaker. 2015 is cited as one of South Africa’s greatest vintages ever. And the vineyards that Eben sources fruit from for his Ouwingerdreeks [Old Vine Series] are among … Continue reading

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