Tag Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

New Releases from William Cole Vineyards of Casablanca Valley

The William Cole Vineyards is a family-owned and managed winery started by Bill Cole. It has 129 hectares of vineyards in Chile’s cool climate Casablanca Valley, located just 45 kilometers from the Pacific.  Viviana Fonseca, a graduate of the University … Continue reading

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Top South African White Wine Values Under $20

As described in our recent Special Report on South African Value Wines, we recently evaluated over 175 South African wines imported to the US with a suggested retail price under $20.  All of these wines provide a very enjoyable drinking … Continue reading

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Joseph Phelps 2008 Insignia, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

When we last sat down with lead winemaker Damian Parker at the Phelps winery off Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley, we tasted a 2005, 2006, and 2007 vertical of the iconic Phelps Insignia, one of the best wines made … Continue reading

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Tudal Family Winery: New Releases

This Napa Valley property is producing some outstanding handcrafted wines in small quantities. For their “Vineyard Series” that is reviewed here, they source grapes from their own estate and purchase fruit from neighboring vineyards as well. Their Pinot Noir Bacigalupi … Continue reading

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Six Hats Fair Trade Wines from South Africa: Super Value with Equity

Fair Trade, of course, has the goal of improving the wages and working conditions of the farmers and workers in the developing world. In 2007, Charles Back (the famed owner of Fairview and Goats do Roam) helped the Citrusdale Wines … Continue reading

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The 2011 Vintage: First Releases from Chile and South Africa

We recently tasted the first releases of the Southern Hemisphere’s 2011 vintage to arrive in the States. We’ll be tasting a lot more on our upcoming trip to South Africa and will report on them later. The 2011 vintage was … Continue reading

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Southern Hemisphere Sauvignon Blanc Tasteoff

On April 10, 2010, the International Wine Review (IWR) in collaboration with Wine Concepts of the Newlands in Cape Town organized a blind tasting of Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and South Africa at The Boardroom in the beautiful Bistro 1682 … Continue reading

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The World Cup of South Africa Wines by the Glass

Everyone knows how difficult it is to find a restaurant or wine bar that serves more than a couple of mediocre wines by the glass, usually at an outrageous markup. Well, if you’re traveling to Cape Town for the World … Continue reading

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Mariano Fernandez Elected Head of International Wine Academy

The International Wine Review congratulates Mariano Fernandez, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Relations, on his election as Chairman of the prestigious International Wine Academy in Geneva, Switzerland. Mariano Fernandez, shown here with Secretary of State Clinton, has a life-long love of … Continue reading

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Blue Cove Wine from South Africa: Extreme Value

Blue Cove is a new label of high value wines being produced in South Africa for the mass market in that country and elsewhere. Thanks to Michael Bampfield-Duggan of Wine Concepts, I had the opportunity to taste the full portfolio … Continue reading

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