Category Archives: Chardonnay

Damien Martin’s Wines from the Mâconnais

Robert Martin founded this domaine in 1982 in the village of Davaye. His son Damien joined in 2010, allowing them to expand their holdings to 20 ha of vines in the heart of the Mâconnais. They have Chardonnay vineyards in … Continue reading

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Maryland’s Boordy Vineyards: New Releases

Boordy Vineyards was founded in 1945 by Philip Wagner, one of America’s most influential post WWII winemakers. About a decade ago, Boordy’s current owner, UC Davis graduate Rob Deford began a major replanting of old vineyards, planting new vineyards in … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone’s Authentic Mountain Wines from Napa’s Spring Mountain

Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, Smith-Madrone has 38 acres of high altitude (1300-2000’) steeply sloped mountain vineyards with deep, volcanic-based soils.  Stuart Smith is one of Napa’s modern wine pioneers and has been one of the leading voices for … Continue reading

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Tongue Dancer: New 2019 Releases from Sonoma County

These two new releases from James McPhail’s Tongue Dancer are a welcome addition to the bevy of Sonoma County wines on the market. As we have written previously James is one of California’s top winemakers and Tongue Dancer is a … 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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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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Tongue Dancer Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

James Mac Phail, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers, is crafting some superb wines under a new project called Tongue Dancer. The unusual name was chosen to reflect his special interest in wines that have texture and mouth feel. Under … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases from Napa Valley and Sonoma County

The four wines reviewed here are exemplary of the depth and breadth of Francis Ford Coppola’s wine portfolio. This foursome offers excellent Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at an affordable price and two delicious proprietary red blends. The 2016 Eleanor … Continue reading

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Morgan: 2017 Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

Morgan is one of the Santa Lucia Highlands’ finest wineries. Year in and year out, it produces high quality wines at fair prices. The winery is owned and operated by veteran winemaker Dan Lee who has been crafting wine at … Continue reading

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