Yearly Archives: 2015

Tasting Trivento Malbec and Torrontés with Winemaker Germán di Cesare

Trivento is a large winery located in the Argentine province of Mendoza that produces a wide range of wines at diverse price points. Irrespective of price, the wines are always good quality and very good value. It has 3,185 acres … Continue reading

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Tasting America’s Best Sparkling Wines at Charlie Palmer

How do America’s top sparkling wines pair with food? This is one question we explore in our forthcoming report on America’s Sparkling Wines. To find out, we recently chose several top wines and invited the team at Charlie Palmer Steak … Continue reading

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New Releases from Sicily’s Donnafugata

The Donnafugata winery located in Marsala, Sicily, produces a wide array of wines made from indigenous and international varieties. We review selected recent releases below. They include several refreshing, light white wines made from autochthonous varieties like Grillo, Zibbibo, and … Continue reading

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The Finger Lakes Wines of Lamoreaux Landing

Lamoreaux Landing has rightfully won recognition as one of the best wineries in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Founded in 1992 by Mark Wagner, it has won accolades from the beginning when its 1993 Chardonnay won a national competition. Today … Continue reading

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Laetitia: Superb Sparkling Wines from the Arroyo Grande

Preparing our 2015 end of year report on American Sparkling Wine, we recently tasted the sparkling wines from Laetitia, located 6 miles south of Pismo Beach on California’s Central Coast. These are sumptuous wines that show unusual refinement while also … Continue reading

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The 2008 Domini Veneti Crus of Cantina Valpolicella Negrar

The Cantina Valpolicella Negrar may be Europe’s most quality-oriented cooperative. We tasted the 2008 Domini Veneti Crus for this article. We earlier tasted the 2005 vintage in our report on The Amarones of Valpolicella. These Amarones are made to express … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell Winery: New Releases from the 2013-2014 Vintages

The Gary Farrell Winery is one of California’s preeminent producers of distinctive vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Beginning in the 1980s, Gary Farrell began identifying vineyards to produce distinctive single vineyard Pinot Noirs. In 1982 he sourced grapes from … Continue reading

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The Winery San Francisco: New Releases 2010-2013

The Winery SF is a 20 thousand square foot winemaking facility located on a former Naval Base on Treasure Island, a man-made island that anchors the Bay Bridge midway between Oakland and San Francisco. The wines are crafted by the talented … Continue reading

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Colombera’s Indigenous Wines from the Piedmont

La Colombera is a boutique, Piedmont winery located  near Tortona, 78 km directly north of Genoa. It is owned by winemaker Piercarlo and daughter Elisa Semino.  They grow indigenous grapes like Timorasso and Croatina for the distinctive and delicious wines … Continue reading

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Wakefield of Australia: New Releases

Wakefield (Taylor’s)* is a family owned and operated winery that has been in operation for three generations.  It was founded over 45 years ago by Bill Taylor, a Clare Valley wine merchant, and he is still actively involved in its … Continue reading

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