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The Wines of Steindorfer: First Class Blaufrankisch and Pinot Gris from Burgenland

Steindorfer is a family estate  located in Austria on the eastern shore of Lake Neusidel between the towns of Illmitz and Apetlon.  This location is ideally suited for the production of sweet wines and Ernst Steindorder and son Roland craft … Continue reading

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The Crios Wines of Argentina’s Susana Balbo

Over the years we’ve had the privilege to taste wines with Susana Balbo both in Buenos Aires and at her winery outside Mendoza. Susana makes super-premium wines under her Susana Balbo, Nosotros, and Ben Marco labels at her Dominio del … Continue reading

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Failla and Day : Exciting 2015 Releases

Once again Ehren Jordan and Anne-Marie Failla (FAY-la) have crafted an exciting collection of 2015 releases of both their flagship Failla brand of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah and  Day, a relatively a new Zinfandel label.

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Testarossa Chardonnays from the 2015 Vintage

The Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, sources Chardonnay fruit from California’s best vineyards with special focus on Monterey’s Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Bill Brosseau makes the wines and works closely with Testarossa’s growers. While these wines express the sites they … Continue reading

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Friuli Wines from the Collio DOCG: Borgo del Tiglio

Nicola Manferrari is one of Italy’s great white winemakers. We recently visited Nicola at his winery in the small village of Brazzano located just outside Cormòns. Brazzano is the location of his special, old vine vineyards that produce the fruit … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale’s Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard: 2014 Releases

We recently had the opportunity to taste the 2014 releases of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale.   The four wines reviewed here showed very well  just as they did in the 2013 vintage, which we also tasted.   The wines … Continue reading

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Stadt Krems: New Releases of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling

Stadt Krems is one of Europe’s oldest wineries. We first tasted its wines for our Report # 25 The Wines of Austria. We recently met with Franz-Josef “Goose” Gansberger, who manages both Stadt Krems and Weingut Stift Göttweig, and eagerly … Continue reading

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Pellegrini Wine Company: Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This is our first acquaintance with the wines of Pellegrini, a family owned and operated wine company which began operations in Sonoma County after Prohibition.  In 1973 the family purchased a 70 acre plum and apple orchard on West Olivet … Continue reading

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Sonoma County’s Patz & Hall: New Releases from the 2015 Vintage

This winery, founded in 1988, is the product of a successful partnership of Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Over the past 25 years Patz & Hall has produced small lot and single vineyard wines focusing on … Continue reading

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Oregon Wine Continues its Growth Path in 2016

The Oregon Wine Board just published its annual vineyard and winery census, and it reveals continue growth in vineyard plantings, wine sales and economic impact of wine in Oregon. Compared to 2015, vineyard plantings grew by 2401 acres, or 8.6 … Continue reading

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