Monthly Archives: January 2023

New Releases from South Africa’s Tokara Winery

Located on the crest of the Helshoogte pass outside Stellenbosch, Tokara is one of South Africa’s most beautiful wineries with views of mountain vineyards from its tasting room.  Established in the early 1990s by financier GT Ferreira, Tokara cultivates 62 … Continue reading

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The New Wave Montefalco Wines of Cantina Cocco

Winemaker Ilaria Coco established this boutique Montefalco estate in 2008 and released her first vintage in 2014.  She makes her Sagrantino Montefalco with a feminine touch. The wines are non-traditional in that they are especially fresh and easy to drink … Continue reading

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Arnaldo Caprai: Montefalco’s Champion of Sagrantino

We’ve had the opportunity to taste several vintages of Arnaldo Caprai’s Montefalco wines over the past year in Montefalco, Seattle, and Washington DC. These tastings as well as those of other producers lead us to conclude that this estate, led … Continue reading

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Hedges Family Estate: Grand Reserve Red Mountain/La Haute Cuvée 1996-2019 Vertical Tasting

For aficionados of Washington’s most prestigious AVA for Cabernet Sauvignon, this tasting in Seattle was a delicious retrospective of Hedges top wine from 1996-2019. Few Washington wineries are old enough to provide a vertical set of wines spanning 25 years … Continue reading

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Current Releases from Montefalco’s Cantina Fratelli Pardi

The Pardi winery was established by three brothers in 1919 on the ground floor of the San Marco Hospital.  Like many Montefalco wineries, they initially specialized in making Sagrantino Passito. Today their great grandsons, the brothers Alberto Mario and Gianluca … Continue reading

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Zerbina Wines: New Italian Selections

Zerbina Wines is a Texas-based negociant  of wines  from Italy and other wine producing countries.   Their wines from Italy are sourced from vineyards in the Veneto, Tuscany, and other regions.  The wines reviewed here are produced in collaboration with winemaker … Continue reading

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Three Sticks: New Releases from Sonoma

Founded in 2002 by Bill Price (shown here), Three Sticks is part of Price Family Vineyards & Estates, and, so, has access to some of California’s best vineyards, including two of Sonoma’s most prestigious—Durell and Gap’s Crown.  In this article … Continue reading

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Monte Bluña: A Boutique Producer in Lisbon’s Arruda dos Vinhos DOC

Monte Bluña is a small, quality-oriented producer in the Arruda dos Vinhos DOC, which lies within easy commuting distance (30 km) of Lisbon. Monte Bluña is one of the region’s smaller producers with just 6 hectares of white (Arinto and … Continue reading

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