Category Archives: Red Wine

Bulgaria’s Very Modern Castra Rubra Winery: Michel Rolland Travels East

Bulgaria has created numerous new, state of the art wineries over the past two decades. None is more significant than Castra Rubra where globetrotting enologist Michel Rolland has played a lead role as consulting winemaker as well as in planning … Continue reading

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J Lohr Vineyards New Releases from Paso Robles, Napa & Arroyo Seco

Jerry Lohr is one of the California Central Coast’s wine pioneers. He started planting vines in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County in 1972 and now has 900 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other varieties planted there.  In … Continue reading

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Herdade do Rocim: New Releases from Portugal’s Alentejo

Located in the Baixo Alentejo with 70 hectares of vineyards (53 red, 17 white) and 10 ha of olives, Herdade do Rocim was founded by the late José Ribeiro Vieira. Today, his daughter Catarina Vieira and husband Pedro Ribeiro own … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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Selections from Argentina’s 2017 Vintage from Patagonia and Mendoza

This is our first report on Argentina’s 2017 vintage. The wines reviewed here from Aniello, Ricardo Santos, and Tercos are youthful wines that have seen only a modicum of oak aging. As a result, they are fresh and vibrant and … Continue reading

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