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Chardonnay: Terroir and Winemaking in Sonoma

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The White Burgundies of Louis Jadot from the Challenging 2018 Vintage

Posted on October 8 2021

Founded in 1859, Maison Louis Jadot is today one of Burgundy’s most important producers.  We’ve had the opportunity to taste Jadot’s wines both in France and here in the US.  Recently, we tasted several of their white wines from Burgundy, … Continue reading

The Wines of Aivalis of Nemea

Posted on October 7 2021

Aivalis is a small artisanal winery  in Nemea, a tiny  appellation in the Peloponnese of Greece.   Established in 1997 by Hristos  Aivalis  (pictured left with his son Sotiri) produces some of the finest Agiorgitiko  in Greece today and is  a … Continue reading

Hanzell Vineyards: Sonoma’s Historic Chardonnay Winery

Posted on October 5 2021

In this article we review the current Chardonnay releases of Sonoma County’s historic Hanzell Vineyards.  In 1953 James Zellerbach planted Sonoma County’s first commercial Chardonnay vineyard in the foothills of the Mayacamas after returning from Europe where he managed the … Continue reading

Ernest Hemingway, Pliny the Elder, Julia Child, Pope John XXIII & Others on Wine

Posted on October 2 2021

Our favorite is from Ernest Hemingway: “As I ate the oyster with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and … Continue reading

Kistler Chardonnay: A Review of the 2018 Portfolio

Posted on September 21 2021

Steve Kistler founded his eponymous, Sonoma winery in 1978 and produced his first vintage in 1979.  Although he was not the first Californian to make single vineyard Chardonnays, his carefully crafted wines from meticulously farmed (and seldom irrigated) vineyards fermented … Continue reading

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