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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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Selections from J.K. Carriere of the Willamette Valley

Jim Prosser started the J.K. Carriere label in 1999 and in 2009 planted his own dry farmed, organically farmed vineyard on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.  In addition to Chehalem, he sources fruit from … Continue reading

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Napa’s Castello di Amorosa Spreads its Wings

This Napa-based family winery was opened in April 2007 by owner Dario Sattui.  It operates from an authentically built castle and winery situated in the hills just south of the city of Calistoga.  On our visit to the Castello a … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Quady North: America’s Most Serious Rosé

Herb Quady is arguably America’s most serious producer of rosé wines. He plants vineyards and sources fruit from vineyards specifically for making rosé, often using cooler, east facing sites.  He does mostly direct, whole cluster pressing and does small presses … Continue reading

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2Hawk Vineyard of Oregon’s Rogue Valley: New Releases

The 2Hawk Vineyard and Winery, located in the Bear Creek sub-basin of the Rogue River, is small but growing fast. In this article, we review some of their latest releases. With new vineyard plantings in an up and coming wine … Continue reading

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Le Cadeau Vineyard: New Releases from Willamette Valley

Le Cadeau Vineyard is one of Willamette Valley’s premier family wineries.  Established in 1997 by founders Deb and Tom Mortimer, Le Cadeau  was one of the early pioneers in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains, dedicated to producing high quality Chardonnay and Pinot … Continue reading

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Sonoma’s Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery: Special Terroir, Special Wines

In 1994 Lester and Linda Schwartz began planting their Fort Ross vineyard on Sonoma’s high coastal ridge overlooking the Pacific. Today they have 32 small blocks on 53 acres that range from 1200 to 1700 feet in elevation with marine … Continue reading

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