Category Archives: Great Winemakers

Jean-Philippe Colmant’s Superb South African Sparklers

In the 16th century, French-speaking Huguenots from France and Southern Belgium emigrated to South Africa where they planted vines and made wine.  Four hundred years later, the French-speaking Belgian, Jean-Philippe Colmant followed in their footsteps, locating in the picturesque town … Continue reading

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Great Winemakers: Andrea and Chris Mullineux of the Swartland

Andrea and Chris Mullineux seem a bit young to be called great winemakers, but it’s a title they’ve justly earned. Not only did we give them rave reviews in our Report # 30 The Wines of South Africa, but the … Continue reading

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David Lake: Patriarch of Washington State Syrah

David Lake (1943-2009) was one of the most influential pioneers in the history of the Washington State wine industry. He is credited with producing Washington State’s first vineyard-designated wines as well as the state’s first Syrah.

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Great Winemakers: Rudi Bauer of Central Otago’s Quartz Reef

We recently had the opportunity to retaste the Quartz Reef wines of Rudi Bauer.  We previously tasted his sparkling wines in our Sparkling Wine Report and his Pinot Noirs in our New Zealand Pinot Noir Report. Our tastings of his … Continue reading

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Great Winemakers: Stefano and Giuseppe Inama of Veneto’s Soave

Inama is revered as one of the top producers of high quality Soave. Our reviews at the bottom of this article show why. We recently visited Stefano Inama at his winery to find out how he makes such superb wines. … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Young Winemaker: Ayana Misawa of Japan’s Grace Wines

The Grace Winery in Katsunuma One of the greatest pleasures of traveling the world of wine is meeting young winemakers of great promise.  On last month’s trip (which we recently wrote about) to Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture where its vitis vinifera … Continue reading

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Great Winemakers: David Ramey of California

David Ramey has one of California’s most impressive winemaker resumés and is a member of the small tribe of scholar-winemakers who systematically research and experiment how to make better wine.  Of course, impressive resumés don’t guarantee impressive wines, but as … Continue reading

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Great Winemakers: Roberto Cipresso, Master of Brunello

Roberto Cipresso is one of Tuscany’s most illustrious enologists, wine writers and wine educators.  Although he is widely recognized and awarded for his winemaking and writing talents within Italy, he is not well known among wine enthusiasts in the United … Continue reading

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