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Holiday Toasts: Sparkling Rosés from Champagne and America

Champagne and sparkling wines are festive by nature and perfect for holiday toasts. Lively and effervescent, they literally “sparkle”. Rosé Champagnes and sparkling wines are especially festive. They not only have bubbles; many have a touch more fruity sweetness and … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell Winery: More New 2014 Releases: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel

This is the second installment of our reviews of Gary Farrell’s new 2014 releases of single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs and two single vineyard Zinfandels.  Readers who missed the previous reviews can find them here.  The wines reviewed here are … Continue reading

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Major New Releases from California’s Blue Rock Vineyard 2012-2014

Over the years we have observed enthusiastically  the steady development of this small winery in Alexander Valley.   Under the guidance of its founder and owner, Kenny Kahn, Blue Rock Vineyard has gone from strength to strength and today is among … Continue reading

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Testarossa Winery: New Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases

These new releases confirm once again that Testarossa Winery  is among California’s finest producers of premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.   As in previous years, it has released a bevy of outstanding handcrafted terroir-based wines from some of the top growers … Continue reading

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Wente: New Chardonnay Releases from Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco

Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country. Founded in 1883, the winery is now owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery produces premium wines sourced from nearly 3,000 … Continue reading

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery: New Releases of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon

The Schug Carneros Estate Winery was founded by Walter and Gertrud Schug, originally from Germany.  Prior to establishing their family winery in the early 1980s, Walter worked for E&J Gallo and Joseph Phelps. During his tenure at Phelps, Walter made … Continue reading

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Timbre Winery: New Releases from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

Timbre is the new name of an outstanding 10-year old winery called La Fenetre.  The winery is based in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2005 by winemaker, Joshua Klapper  and  friend Alex Katz.  Three years … Continue reading

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Establecimiento Juanicó / Familia Deicas: One of Uruguay’s Top Wineries

Establecimiento Juanicó is one of Uruguay’s largest and most successful wineries, thanks to the radical transformation, and large investment, undertaken by the Deicas Family after they purchased it in 1979. The winery makes the best-selling line of premium wines in … Continue reading

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Bodega Marichal of Canelones, Uruguay: Current Releases

Bodega Marichal was one of the first wineries we visited on our recent trip to Uruguay. Winemaker Juan Andrés showed us the wines and discussed the evolution of Tannat in Uruguay in recent years. His Tannat wines show the incredible … Continue reading

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French-Trained Chilean Winemakers: New Releases from Antiyal, Apaltagua, Domus Aurea, Maquis

No country in the Americas has been so strongly influenced by French winemaking as Chile. Aspiring Chilean winemakers go to France to study enology or work the harvests. And French winemakers and winemaking consultants go to Chile to make wine. … Continue reading

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