Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

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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Mt. Airy’s Black Ankle Vineyards: Maryland’s Vinous Star

When Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron established Black Ankle Vineyards near Mt. Airy, Maryland,  in 2002, little did they know it would become one of the East Coast’s premiere wineries. Today, they’ve developed a cult following, a large and growing wine … Continue reading

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Battuello Vineyards: A Napa Grower’s New Wines

In 1906 Italian immigrant Matteo Battuello arrived in America by steamship docking at Ellis Island.  Relatives in Napa Valley encouraged him to come to California, which he did, and in 1909 he purchased property in Saint Helena and founded Battuello Vineyards. … Continue reading

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Boordy Vineyards: New Releases from Maryland’s Historic Winery

Boordy Vineyards is Maryland’s oldest and most storied winery [see the story below). It’s also one of the most visible examples of the rapid rise in quality of East Coast wines.  We’ve reviewed Boordy wines on a regular basis and featured … 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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Cameron Hughes: An American Negociant Offering Wines of Superb Value

Cameron Hughes is a wine négociant who started his eponymous enterprise in 2001, buying excess, bulk wine from well-known California wineries, bottling it and selling it at Costco and other discount locations.  This business model works well when there’s surplus wine. … Continue reading

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Flora Spring of Napa Valley: Current Releases

Flora Springs is one of the Napa Valley’s storied wineries.  Located at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range in Napa Valley, it became famous in the 1990s, especially for its Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, its best known for its flagship wine, … Continue reading

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The Craig Stoller Collection: Sextant and Paris Valley Road

These wines form part of the Craig Stoller Collection created by owner and director of winemaking, Craig Stoller, and his wife Nancy. Craig is from a family of California vine growers and is a graduate in horticulture from Cal Poly.  He … Continue reading

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Napa’s Castello di Amorosa Spreads its Wings

This Napa-based family winery was opened in April 2007 by owner Dario Sattui.  It operates from an authentically built castle and winery situated in the hills just south of the city of Calistoga.  On our visit to the Castello a … Continue reading

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Crooked Path of Paso Robles: New Releases

Crooked Path Cellars is owned by Nancy and Craig Stoller and Vino Del Sol, importer and marketing agent of wines from Argentina, Chile and New Zealand. Craig is also CEO of Sunridge Nurseries, the only California-certified nursery block in the … Continue reading

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