Utiel-Requena: New Releases from an Historic Spanish Wine Region

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Utiel-Requena, located west of the city of Valencia, is one of Spain’s up and coming wine regions. It has 35 thousand hectares (86 thousand acres) under vine, almost double that of California’s Napa Valley and over one hundred producers. Long … Continue reading

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China Replaces US as Chile’s Top Wine Market

CHILE ExportsAs we noted in our recent report on Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution, Chile’s wine exports have grown at a phenomenal rate. Rapidly increasing exports to China is one of the reasons. Now, Wines of Chile reports that the value of wine exported to China in 2016 exceeded that of wine exported to the US for the first time ever. As recently as 2014 the value of Chile’s wine exports to the US was 75% higher than that to China. The growth in Chilean exports is partly due to the 2005 free trade agreement with China that eliminated duties on Chilean wine as of 2015. The Montesecano winery (publicity shown here) is just one of Chile’s many wineries benefiting from the expanding wine trade with China.

CHILE Montesecano China

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Saget La Perrière: New Releases from Pouilly, Sancerre, Chinon, and Muscadet

Saget LogoWe recently sat down with Arnaud Saget of Saget La Perrière to taste the latest releases of the wines his firm makes from estate vineyards at La Perrière in the Loire Valley and from long-term growers in Languedoc and elsewhere. Originally from Pouilly-sur-Loire, today the family’s estate vineyards run from Pouilly in the Centre Loire to Anjou [see map]. They produce a wide range of wines from entry level Vin de France wines to single vineyard wines from the Loire’s best growing areas. Le Château de la Mulonnière in Anjou is a relatively new domaine, acquired by the Saget family in 2003. Those wines are now being imported to the US for the first time, and we will review them later. Continue reading

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Chile’s Viña Tres Palacios: New Releases from Coastal Maipo

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Patricio Palacios

Tres Palacios is a boutique family winery established by Patricio Palacios near Melpilla in Chile’s coastal range just 35 km from the Pacific Ocean. It is the only winery in the small Valle de Cholquí, a sub-valley of the Maipo with alluvial clay soils. It’s a 250 hectare estate with 100 hectares planted to vines. The winemaker, Camilo Rahmer, has been with Tres Palacios since its inception; he previously made wine at Cono Sur in Chile and in California. About 80% of the Tres Palacios production is exported, with the US as its principal market. The wines are good quality and exceptionally good values. The Cholquí icon wine shows outstanding quality. The US importer is William Skurnik. Continue reading

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Wrath Wines: New Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

ART Wrath LogoSabrine Rodems (shown below with ceramic dolium) makes the excellent Monterey County wine at Wrath with the assistance of grower Steve McIntyre. Wrath Wines is located on the bench land overlooking the Salinas River and just across the river from the hometown (Salinas) of John Steinbeck, who, of course, wrote The Grapes of Wrath. Read more about Wrath in our earlier review articles on this blog and, also, in our Report # 29 The Wines of Monterey. Continue reading

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New Releases from Down Under: Zonte’s Footstep, 3 Sisters & A Brother, and Wakefield

A Wakefield Vineyard

Kangaroo Among the Vines (Wakefield)

Zonte’s Footstep

ART AU Zonte LabelZonte’s Footstep was established in 2003 in Langhorne Creek, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. We recently met up with Brad Rey, Director and Winemaker, to taste several of their new releases. Brad studied studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. The US importer is Artisans & Vines. Continue reading

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Superb Soave Classico from Coffele

ART Coffele FotoThe l’Azienda Agricola Coffele has 25 hectares of horse cultivated, organically farmed Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave and other vines growing on the hillsides of the Castelcerino Cru. Up to 400 meters in elevation, the vineyards are among the highest in Soave Classico with a mixture of calcareous and basaltic soils. As our reviews below show, the Coffele wines are outstanding.  Of course, we already knew that from our earlier report on The Wines of Soave. Continue reading

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Chianti Rufina from Fattoria I Veroni: 2011-2014

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The I Veroni Vineyards

I Veroni is one of the premiere wineries of the Chianti Rufina appellation. We review the latest releases and a vertical of the I Veroni Reserve. Continue reading

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Ten Astounding Things We Learned About Chilean Wine

We recently traveled to diverse parts of Chile to learn what’s new in Chilean wine. We saw vineyards being planted in extreme locations, adventurous young winemakers experimenting with new grape varieties and winemaking techniques, and a Chilean wine industry that continues to expand and, now, produce premium and ultra-premium wines that compete with the best in the world. To find out more, read our just published Report #60 Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution which includes reviews of over 300 wines. Astounding things #1 – #4 are given below. We’ll update this blog on a regular basis until all ten are listed. Continue reading

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Tuscan Coast Selections from I Giusti & Zanza

I Giusti & Zanza Vineyard in the Costa Toscana

I Giusti & Zanza Vineyard in the Costa Toscana

Located in the Fauglia Hills of the Tuscan Coast, 30 km north of Bolgheri and due west of Florence, I Giusti &Zanza Vigneti has 17 ha of densely planted, organically cultivated vines. We review their latest releases below.  Their vineyards benefit from the maritime influence of the Tyrrhenian Sea, just 25 km to the west. Paolo Giusti and Fabio Zanza bought the estate in 1995. Continue reading

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