Category Archives: Red Wine

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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Sonoma’s Spann Vineyards: New Releases from the 2013-14 Vintages

Spann Vineyards is a small artisanal winery owned and operated by Peter and Betsy Spann.  Their vineyards are located in the Mayacamas Mountains on a steeply terraced mountainside in Glen Ellen. They dry farm their vineyards and strive for low … Continue reading

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Maso Cantanghel of Trentino: Current Releases

In 2006 Lorenzo Simoni and his son Federico purchased a small 2 hectare (now totaling 6 hectares) vineyard called Maso Cantanghel in the village of Civezzano, located in a high mountain valley east of Trento. They viewed its high altitude … Continue reading

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Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine by Daniele Cernilli

If you have room for only one book on Italian wine, this is the one to have. Daniele Cernilli (Doctor Wine)  is Italy’s foremost wine critic. He created and edited Gambero Rosso for 24 years before beginning his new annual … Continue reading

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Warwick Wine Estate of Stellenbosch

We visited winemaker Nic van Aarde last week at the attractive Warwick Wine Estate on Hwy 340 north of Stellenbosch.  Warwick produces about 120 thousand cases annually from both estate and purchased fruit. They’ve decided that Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties … Continue reading

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