Yearly Archives: 2020

Wine from Turkey: Vinkara in Anatolia

Turkey’s Vinkara winery was established by Ardiç Gürsel in 2003 in the Anatolia region, reputed to be the birthplace of winemaking at least 8 thousand years ago. The modern era of winemaking in Turkey began in the 1990s. In this … Continue reading

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Sangiacomo Wines: Current Releases from Sonoma

The Sangiacomos are third generation farmers in Sonoma with fifteen different vineyards and more than 100 individually farmed sites  located in Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap and Sonoma Valley. Until recently they exclusively sold grapes to the top wineries in Sonoma … Continue reading

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Eternal Wines: Current Releases from Walla Walla

Eternal Wines specializes in terroir driven, single vineyard wines from the Walla Walla and Columbia Valley appellations.  Established by professional sommelier and winemaker Brad Binko in 2014, Eternal Wines sources fruit from some of Washington’s most famous vineyards.  As our reviews below … Continue reading

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The Wines of Georgia: A First Look

Georgia is the cradle of human winemaking with archaeological evidence dating from 6 thousand BCE. Soviet collectivization largely destroyed traditional winemaking, but a wine renaissance focused on small producers and indigenous grape varieties began in the early 21st century, and … Continue reading

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Barbera d’Asti and Barbera d’Alba: Fresh, Fruity and Outstanding Value

The Barbera grape variety is high yielding, relatively easy to grow, and makes fresh tasting fruity, high acid wines.  Thought to have originated in Italy’s Piedmont region, today it’s grown throughout the world.  However, it’s still mostly grown in Italy where the … Continue reading

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Great Values in a Time of Pandemic: Selections from Chile

Chile has made its mark by producing and exporting wines of exceptional value.  With a pandemic raging, the economy shrinking, and many wine consumers unemployed, there’s a growing demand for affordable wines that offer real drinking pleasure. With this week’s announcement … Continue reading

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Copalli Rum from Heirloom Clones Organically Grown on a Single Estate in Belize

We usually only review wines, but Copalli makes its rum using many of the attributes of super premium wine—estate grown, organically cultivated, special clones pressed soon after harvest, carefully processed using state of the art techniques, and aged in oak … Continue reading

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Fine Wines from Roero in the Piedmont: New Releases from Negro Angelo e Figli

Located in Monteu Roero not far from Canale in the Piedmont hills, Negro Angelo e Figli is one of the oldest winemaking families of the Roero.  The family has cultivated vines since the 17th century and today has vines in Monteu … Continue reading

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Alvaro Castro: Outstanding Selections from the Dão

Alvaro Castro is one of the most accomplished winemakers in Portugal.  Since 1980 he has served as winemaker for his family’s properties at Quinta da Pellada and Quinta de Saes. Alvaro crafts elegant wines sourced from traditional varieties with minimal intervention … Continue reading

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Siduri Pinot Noir: Latest Releases from California and Oregon

Siduri is one of America’s preeminent producers of Pinot Noir. Under the guidance of founder Adam Lee, it produces a wide variety of vineyard designated premium wines and blends from celebrated vineyards in California and Oregon. Adam and his winemaker, … Continue reading

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