Category Archives: Countries and Regions

Smith-Madrone: Wine, Fire, and Economics in Napa

Stuart Smith, an outstanding Napa winemaker, studied economics at Berkeley before deciding to take winemaking seriously. He did graduate work in enology at UC Davis and in the autumn of 1971 bought a derelict, steeply sloped vineyard on the top … Continue reading

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Revisiting Sherry: Bodegas Dios Baco

Bodegas Dios Baco began with the Palomino family in the 18th century, but its fame began when Juan Vergara joined forces with Juan Palomino to create Palomino & Vergara, one of sherry’s most prominent historic wineries.  The winery was sold … Continue reading

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Current Releases from Sicily’s Mt. Etna

Some of Sicily’s most exciting wines are grown on the northern and eastern slopes of Mt. Etna [see map below] where we spent several days for our report on the Wines of Sicily.  Mt. Etna is one of the most … Continue reading

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The Wines of Ktima Avantis on Greece’s Evia Island

Ktima Avantis is located in the village of Mytikas on the island of Evia about 43 miles from Athens [see map below]. The Mountrichas family has grown grapes in this area since the 19th century.  Today the winery is managed … Continue reading

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Special Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers: Selections from the Finest Wines Reviewed in 2021

What to give a friend who appreciates and is knowledgeable about wine?  In this article, we give our recommendations based on the many fine wines we’ve tasted this year.  The list includes Champagne, Sparkling Rosé, California Pinot Noir, Napa Cabernet … Continue reading

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Vriniotis: Modern Greek Wines from the Aegean

Vriniotis is a modern family winery located in Evia (Euboea), which is among the Aegean Islands  in Central Greece.   It was established in the village of Gialtra in 2007 by 51-year old Konstantinos (Kostas) Vriniotis , although  the family’s association … Continue reading

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Winemaker Bill Brosseau’s 2019 Testarossa Pinot Noirs

Testarossa has been successfully making a wide range of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines for well over two decades, quite a feat in the ever changing and trendy world of fine wine.They work with some of the most renowned vineyards … Continue reading

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Contratto: Excellent Vermouths from the Piedmont

Made from 19th century recipes, the Contratto Vermouth and Vermouth-like aperitifs are some of the most appealing we’ve tasted. While often used as a base for cocktails, they’re also delicious by themselves over ice with a twist of citrus. The … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2021: Enjoy the Best of American Sparkling Rosés

There is nothing better than sparkling rosé to pair with the variety of dishes of the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The 15 wines listed below are the best of the American and Canadian sparkling rosés that we tasted earlier this year. … Continue reading

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The 2019 Testarossa Chardonnays from Central California’s Premium Vineyards

It seems like ages since we tasted with Diana and Rob Jensen at their winery in Los Gatos, but then almost everything pre-Covid seems to have happened a long time ago.  We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to again … Continue reading

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