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Atalon Winery’s 2011 Vintage: Cabernet Sauvignon and Pauline’s Cuvée

  These two wines from Atalon aim to capture the diversity of Napa Valley as a winegrowing region by blending grapes from several vineyard parcels taking account of soil types, slopes, altitude and exposure.  The Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend … Continue reading

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Tedeschi’s Old World Style Selections: Napa Valley and Russian River Valley

These selections were crafted by the Tedeschi Family Winery located in Calistoga, Napa Valley.  The Tedeschi family originally emigrated from Italy to Providence, Rhode Island and ultimately settled in  Calistoga in 1919.   The current family estate was purchased by Eugene … Continue reading

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New Chilean Releases by Álvaro Espinoza: Antiyal, Kuyen, Coyam

When we last went to Chile we stopped by Antiyal, Álvaro Espinoza (pictured here) and Marina Ashton’s estate in Chile’s Upper Maipo Valley.  In the Chilean world of huge commercial wineries, Álvaro and Marina’s venture is unusual. Their estate is … Continue reading

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Belfield: A South African Boutique Winery in Elgin

South Africa is a country of old family wineries hundreds of years old and new boutique wineries only a decade or two old. An excellent example of the latter is Mike Kreft’s Belfield Estate, a boutique family winery located in … Continue reading

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Jordan’s Wine Pioneer: Omar Zumot and the Wines of Saint George.

It’s rare that one encounters a true wine pioneer. But Omar Zumot is undoubtedly the preeminent wine pioneer of Jordan. He had an early interest in winemaking and received his training in Ardeche while still in his teens, but it … Continue reading

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Chopin and Octagon at Barboursville: Wine and Music Pairing

Everyone talks about wine and food pairing. But what about wine and music pairing? We discovered this entirely new area of inquiry quite by accident yesterday. Luca Paschina, winemaker at Barboursville, invited us to a vertical tasting of the winery’s … Continue reading

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Yellow Tail: An Australian-Sicilian-American Success Story

Yellow Tail is a family winery (Casella Wines) in New South Wales that is one of the wine world’s most phenomenal success stories. It recently relaunched its Reserve line to offer its customers a step up in quality. A brand … Continue reading

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Castello di Amorosa La Castellana Super Tuscan

Who would believe it? A 13th century medieveal Tuscan castle with moat, torture chamber, and several hundred feet of elaborately carved underground wine caves sitting in the center of Napa Valley. A trusted friend recommended a visit, so I called … Continue reading

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Solano Cellars East Bay Winemaker Pair-Off

I had the opportunity to participate in yesterday’s East Bay Winemaker Pair-Off held at Solano Cellars in Berkeley. Five small but prominent East Bay garagiste winemakers showed their wines, which were paired with delicious cheeses, duck pastrami, glazed venison, and … Continue reading

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The Excellent Wines and Super Values of Bottega Vinaia and the Cavit Collection

This past week i-WineReview Editor Don Winkler and Publisher Mike Potashnik lunched at Eric Ripert’s West End Bistro with Andrea Faustini, winemaker for Bottega Vinaia and the Cavit Collection in Trentino, Italy and Massimiliano Giacomini, Export Manager. The luncheon was … Continue reading

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