Category Archives: Wine Type

Sherry and Port: Recommendations for Drinking and Giving

There’s no better time of year than now to drink fortified wines than when the temperatures sink, and the winds blow cold.  It’s the perfect time to sit by the fireplace and open a bottle of Sherry or Port to … Continue reading

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New Releases of Colonial Styled Madeiras from Vinhos Barbeito & the Rare Wine Co.

Since 1998 Mannie Berk of the Rare Wine Co. has worked with Ricardo Freitas of Vinhos Barbeito to express the styles of Madeira drunk in the US colonial period. Different styles of Madeira became popular in different colonial cities. Cities … Continue reading

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Verdad: Spanish Varieties from the SLO Coast

Verdad Wine Cellars is the brainchild of winemaker Louisa Sawyer Lindquist.  Verdad is a small (<3 thousand cases) winery focused on Spanish varieties like Albariño, Garnacha, Graciano and Tempranillo.  Louisa got her start in wine on New York’s Long Island, … Continue reading

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New Releases from Pellegrini-Olivet Lane of the Russian River Valley

The Pellegrini family emigrated from Lucca, Italy, to Santa Rosa, California, in 1915 and soon began growing grapes and making wine. Sixty years later Robert Pellegrini established the 60 acre Olivet Lane Vineyard in the Santa Rosa Plains, planting two-thirds … Continue reading

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Beau Marchais 2021 Pinot Noir: The Unexpected Ending of a Beautiful Collaboration

These three bottlings of Pinot Noir recently released by Beau Marchais are of a project launched  in 2019 by two seasoned winemakers, Adam Lee of California and Philippe Cambie of France.  Their joint venture brought together the talents of one … Continue reading

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The Extraordinary Wines of Domaine Economou: Artistic Winemaking in Crete

Yiannis Economou is one of Greece’s preeminent winemakers.  He combines deep knowledge of winemaking with a unique sense of artistry and produces original, beautifully crafted and refined wines. His domaine is located on Sitia in eastern Crete where he sources … Continue reading

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Douloufakis: One of Crete’s Outstanding, Pioneering Wineries

Located in the village of Dafnes just south of Heraklion and east of the Psiloritis mountain range with vineyards at 350-400m, Douloufakis is one of Crete’s best producers. Nikos Douloufakis (shown here), the pioneer of Vidiano, now regarded as the … Continue reading

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Hugh Johnson’s 2023 Pocket Wine Book

This is the 46th year of Hugh Johnson’s annual wine book, the most popular guide in the wine world. Amazingly enough, it’s still published for sale as a small hardback volume (available as an e-book) rather than an online subscription.  … Continue reading

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West Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir: Not Just for Summer

The rosés of Pinot Noir being made in California and Oregon are substantial wines suitable for drinking the year-round.  In this article, we review some of our favorites from the 2021 vintage.  Most of them are cultivated and fermented specifically … Continue reading

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Pelliegrini’s Three Shades of Pinot Noir

The Pellegrini family emigrated from Lucca, Italy, to Santa Rosa, California, in 1915 and soon began growing grapes and making wine. Sixty years later the family established the Olivet Lane Vineyard in the Santa Rosa Plains. Today, Alexia Pellegrini, the … Continue reading

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