Monthly Archives: December 2020

Trapiche Winery: Argentina’s Oldest and Finest

Trapiche is one of Argentina’s oldest and finest wineries.  Since its establishment in 1883 it has experienced phenomenal growth in parallel with the Argentine wine industry and today produces more than 3 million cases of wine annually in all price … Continue reading

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Sweet and Red Vermouth from Italy, Spain and America

Vermouth is growing in popularity, especially among younger people looking for a lower alcohol alternative to spirits.  Among all Vermouths, sales of red, or sweet, Vermouth are growing fastest.  While it can be used as a mixer for cocktails like … Continue reading

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Ringing in 2021 with Vintage Dated Ports

Ports are perfect for the Holidays, both for drinking by the fire and for giving to special friends. In this article, we report on some of our favorite vintage dated Ports. They include:  Vintage Ports, Single Quinta Vintage Ports, and … Continue reading

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The Farm Winery: 2016 Releases from Paso Robles

The Farm Winery is one of our favorite wineries in the Paso Robles AVA.   It’s owned and operated by old friends and Stanford Business School alumni Jim Madsen and veteran Argentine winemaker, Santiago Achaval.  Launched in 2009,  it produces … Continue reading

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Orgo: Premium Artisanal Wines from Georgia

Giorgi (Gogi) Dakishivili is one of Georgia’s pioneering modern-artisanal winemakers.  He’s best known today for his own label, Orgo, made using traditional techniques, including fermenting in qvevri (large, buried clay vessels).  These wines are some of the most highly sought … Continue reading

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Distinguished Riojas from Bodegas Roda and Telmo Rodriguez’ Bodega Lanzaga

Bodegas Roda and Telmo Rodriguez’ Bodega Lanzaga are winemaking perfectionists. We visited these two wineries for our last Rioja report, and we expect to revisit them soon.  Meanwhile, in this article we review their current releases, thanks to their importer … Continue reading

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Tongue Dancer Wines: New 2018 Releases from Sonoma County

Tongue Dancer Wines is a small project started with the 2013 vintage by James and Kerry MacPhail, past owners of MacPhail Family Wines in Healdsburg, CA. The MacPhails are passionate about Pinot Noir, and this project continues their fascination with … Continue reading

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Beau Marchais: New Expressions of California Pinot Noir

We recently had the opportunity to taste three outstanding Pinot Noirs released by Beau Marchais, a new project launched in 2019 by two seasoned winemakers, Adam Lee of California and Philippe Cambie of France.  Their joint venture brought together the … Continue reading

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Vermouth’s Resurgence as Aperitif: Dry and White Vermouths from Europe and America

Vermouth is enjoying growing popularity, including a number of American producers of attractively packaged, premium bottlings.  As shown in the graph below, sales in the US are on a strong upward trend (a 21% increase in US Vermouth imports in 2018 … Continue reading

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Chateau Bu-De: Cultivating Quality on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

In 2013, Brenda and Warren Dedrick purchased the 440 acre Bohemia Manor Farm located on the shores of the Bohemia River in Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  History shows that in 1660, 4 thousand acres of land, including the present day Bohemia Manor, … Continue reading

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