Category Archives: Countries and Regions

Hermanos Hernáiz La Emperatriz Wines from Rioja Alta

In 1996 the Hernáiz family purchased part of the former estate of Spanish-born Eugénie de Montijo, Empress of France and wife of Napoleon III. The estate is located on one of the highest plateaus in the Rioja Alta, including its … Continue reading

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Freeman Winery’s 2015-2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast

Last week, we met with Ken Freeman, proprietor with his wife Akiko of Freeman Vineyard & Winery, to taste through his new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir releases from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. Ken and Akiko launched the … Continue reading

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Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet: High Altitude Selections from the Uco Valley

Located in the Tupungato district of Mendoza’s Uco Valley, this very high altitude estate (5249’) buffeted by the cool winds of the Andes was founded by Jean Bousquet in 1997 with a first release of wines in 2005. Today the … Continue reading

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Tannat and More from Uruguay’s Bodega Marichal

Juan Andrés Marichal is one our favorite Uruguayan winemakers, and these new releases of his don’t disappoint.  Bodega Marichal is a family-owned winery established in 1938 in the Canelones region located west of Montevideo.  We visited Juan at his winery … Continue reading

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Mt. Beautiful of North Canterbury: New Releases

David Teece, the founder of Mt Beautiful wines, grew up on a farm in New Zealand, studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and taught at Stanford and Oxford before settling down in Berkeley, California, where he is a professor … Continue reading

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Failla Spring Releases: 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah

These 2016 spring releases are a welcome collection of new California and Oregon bottlings from the talented winemaker Ehren Jordan and wife Anne-Marie Failla.  The 2016 vintage in California was a welcome relief from drought with a mild spring followed … Continue reading

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The Provence Rosés of Château de Roquefeuille

Château Roquefeuille is one Provence’s larger wine estates focused on producing high quality rosé.  Located in the heart of Provence just 30 km east of Aix-en-Provence, it consists of 202 hectares of clay and limestone soils planted to vines and … Continue reading

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Obrigado: Impressive New Releases from Portugal

Over the past two decades, Portugal has made dramatic progress in producing world class red and white table wines.  Today, in the Douro, the Dão,  Alentejo and other regions many  talented winemakers are  crafting exciting wines from an amazing myriad of … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone: Superb New Releases from Napa Valley

Smith-Madrone is a small family-owned and operated  artisanal winery in St. Helena.  It was founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith on a 200-acre ranch, partly planted as a vineyard over a century ago.  The Smith-Madrone estate vineyards sit on Spring … Continue reading

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Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: 2015-16 Releases from Russian River’s Cool Green Valley

 Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield have collaborated in making some of the Russian River’s finest wines since 1998. Steve does the farming, and today he manages over 1100 acres of vines spread over 80 vineyards , mostly in Green Valley … Continue reading

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