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The White Burgundies of Louis Jadot from the Challenging 2018 Vintage

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

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The Wines of Aivalis of Nemea

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

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Hanzell Vineyards: Sonoma’s Historic Chardonnay Winery

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

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

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

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Dinner and Wine at Primo on Maine’s Atlantic Coast

Primo is the creation of Melissa Kelly, the first 2-time winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: North East which she garnered in 1999 and 2013.  This magnificent restaurant is located in Rockland, Maine, close to where we recently … Continue reading

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Bodegas Ochoa of Navarra: Current Releases

Bodegas Ochoa is a family run firm located in Olite, Ribera Alta, the center of the D.O. Navarra, and the ancient capital of the kingdom of Navarra. The Ochoa family has a long history of winemaking in Navarra; documents record … Continue reading

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Kistler Chardonnay: A Review of the 2018 Portfolio

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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Value Wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain and California

Most American consumers purchase wines that cost less than $20/bottle. In this article, we review inexpensive wines that we have recently tasted.  Many of them offer very good value.  They include wines as varied as Carménère and País from Chile, … Continue reading

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The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs of Ross Cobb: The 2018 Vintage

Winemaker Ross Cobb, who founded Cobb Wines with his father David in 2001, is a product of his father’s Sonoma Coast ‘Coastlands Vineyard’, as much as the grapes that are grown there. His father planted the vineyard in 1989, looking … Continue reading

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Passionate About Grenache

The International Wine Review is passionate about Grenache, and we join others in celebrating International Grenache Day on the 3rd Friday of September.  Over the years, we have prepared three major reports on Grenache focused on the growing importance of … Continue reading

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