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De Krans: Outstanding Port-Style Wines from Calitzdorp

Sweet wines in South Africa have a long and storied history beginning in the 17th century with the planting of the first vitis vinifera in the Western Cape. Huegenot immigrants, religious refugees from France, played a critical role in establishing … Continue reading

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The Wines of Donum Estate in Los Carneros

Donum Estate is one of the finest producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Los Carneros.   Founded in 2001 by Anne Moeller-Racke, a pioneer in the development of Los Carneros as a wine growing region, Donum Estate is currently owned … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield Cool Climate Pinot Noir from the California Coast

Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield have collaborated in making some of coastal California’s finest Pinot Noirs since 1998. The source of most of their fruit is the Dutton Ranch, owned by the Dutton Family and comprised of 1150 acres of … Continue reading

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Mullineux Wines of the Swartland: It’s All About the Soils

Andrea and Chris Mullineux met in the vineyards of France where UC Davis grad Andrea and Stellenbosch grad Chris were doing post-graduation internships. They married, moved to the Swartland, and in 2007 established their highly successful winery. They consistently receive … Continue reading

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The Best Rosé Champagnes from our 2020 Champagne Report

Rosé Champagne is not just for Valentine’s Day.  It’s a great food wine—try it with pan-seared duck breast!  And, of course, it’s delightful to drink on its own. We tasted many rosés among the 250 Champagnes in our recently released … Continue reading

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Avondale: A Natural Leader in South Africa’s Paarl Wine Region

Avondale is one of the few South African wineries that uses Biodynamic and organic farming practices.  It is also a pioneer in natural winemaking methods including the use of clay vessels for fermentation. Avondale’s wines are authentic and very good. … Continue reading

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Damien Martin’s Wines from the Mâconnais

Robert Martin founded this domaine in 1982 in the village of Davaye. His son Damien joined in 2010, allowing them to expand their holdings to 20 ha of vines in the heart of the Mâconnais. They have Chardonnay vineyards in … Continue reading

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Maryland’s Boordy Vineyards: New Releases

Boordy Vineyards was founded in 1945 by Philip Wagner, one of America’s most influential post WWII winemakers. About a decade ago, Boordy’s current owner, UC Davis graduate Rob Deford began a major replanting of old vineyards, planting new vineyards in … Continue reading

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St. Helena: Heart of the Napa Valley

Located towards the north of the valley at one of its narrowest points [see map below], St. Helena is not the geographic center of the Napa Valley. But it is the historical heart of the valley, where Charles Krug and … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone’s Authentic Mountain Wines from Napa’s Spring Mountain

Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, Smith-Madrone has 38 acres of high altitude (1300-2000’) steeply sloped mountain vineyards with deep, volcanic-based soils.  Stuart Smith is one of Napa’s modern wine pioneers and has been one of the leading voices for … Continue reading

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