Category Archives: Countries and Regions

California’s Castello di Amorosa: Sangiovese and More

Napa Valley tourists may be attracted to the Castello di Amorosa by the faux 13th century Tuscan castle with moat, torture chamber, and several hundred feet of elaborately carved underground wine caves.  A much better reason, in our opinion, is … Continue reading

Posted in California, Countries and Regions, Red Wine, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Tagged | Leave a comment

Clarice 2019 Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands

Adam Lee continues on a roll with his Clarice wines.  The 2019 vintage produced somewhat riper and earthier wines than previously, but all three are first-rate and tasting great.  As in our review of the 2018 vintage, we found it … Continue reading

Posted in California, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Leave a comment

Domaines Ott: Outstanding 2020 Rosés

In this year’s annual rosé report, the International Wine Review evaluated more than 250 rosés from around the world.  Among the standouts are the rosés of Domaines Ott, a producer in Provence widely recognized for the high quality and individuality … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, France, Rosé, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Tagged , | Comments Off on Domaines Ott: Outstanding 2020 Rosés

Blue Rock Vineyard:  New Releases from Sonoma County

Blue Rock Vineyard  is a small artisanal winery in Alexander Valley that produces high quality  hand-crafted Bordeaux-inspired wines.  The owner of the winery is Kenny Kahn, a passionate vigneron who is one of a small group of producers in Alexander … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California | Comments Off on Blue Rock Vineyard:  New Releases from Sonoma County

Coca i Fitó: Refreshing Wines from Catalonia and Ribeira Sacra

Established in 2004, Coca i Fitó is an innovative winery which is crafting a wide variety of delicious (and beautifully labeled) wines sourced from Montsant and other appellations such as Priorat, Empordá  and Ribeira Sacra. Our first memorable encounter with … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, Spain, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Coca i Fitó: Refreshing Wines from Catalonia and Ribeira Sacra

Paso Robles’ Adelaida Vineyards: History (and Delicious Wine) in a Glass

Owned and operated by the Van Steenwyk family since 1994, Adelaida Vineyards is located in the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean.  The winery and vineyard are in the Adelaida district of the Paso Robles AVA … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Rosé, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged | Comments Off on Paso Robles’ Adelaida Vineyards: History (and Delicious Wine) in a Glass

Raventós i Blanc: Stunning New Releases

The house of Josep Raventós i Blanc was established in 1986 in Sant Sadurni d’ Anoia by Josep-Maria Raventós, a break away member of the Codorníu family, with the objective of making Cavas of exceptional quality. Today, Josep’s grandson Pepe … Continue reading

Posted in Champagne, Spain, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Comments Off on Raventós i Blanc: Stunning New Releases

Contratto of Alta Langa: An Impressive Showing of Metodo Clasico

Italy makes some of the world’s great sparkling wines.  We’re used to tasting the superb ones coming out of Franciacorta as well as Trento. Now, Piedmont’s Contratto joins this elite group.  Contratto was founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto, making … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, Italy, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Contratto of Alta Langa: An Impressive Showing of Metodo Clasico

Flowers Winery: New Releases from the Exquisite Terroir of the West Sonoma Coast

Walt and Joan Flowers are among the pioneers of the West Sonoma Coast.  In 1990 when they planted their first vineyard, most winemakers regarded their location near the Pacific as too cold for growing grapes. Time has shown the Flowers … Continue reading

Posted in California, Chardonnay, Countries and Regions, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Rosé, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , | Comments Off on Flowers Winery: New Releases from the Exquisite Terroir of the West Sonoma Coast

Priorat’s Vi de la Villa Wine Designation and the Black Slate Village Wines

Our wine reports and tasting articles show our enthusiasm for the wines of Priorat. ( see IWR Report  #28 The Wines of Priorat)    In this article we discuss the wines of the different growing regions of Priorat and taste … Continue reading

Posted in Red Wine, Spain, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on Priorat’s Vi de la Villa Wine Designation and the Black Slate Village Wines