Category Archives: Sparkling Wine

Wine from Turkey: Vinkara in Anatolia

Turkey’s Vinkara winery was established by Ardiç Gürsel in 2003 in the Anatolia region, reputed to be the birthplace of winemaking at least 8 thousand years ago. The modern era of winemaking in Turkey began in the 1990s. In this … Continue reading

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South Africa’s Top Ten Sparkling Cuvées in 2020

Our just published report on South Africa’s Outstanding Sparkling Wines noted the high quality of the champenoise méthode (Méthode Cap Classique–MCC) bubblies made in the country. We also provided reviews of the many MCCs we tasted earlier this year. In … Continue reading

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Avondale: A Natural Leader in South Africa’s Paarl Wine Region

Avondale is one of the few South African wineries that uses Biodynamic and organic farming practices.  It is also a pioneer in natural winemaking methods including the use of clay vessels for fermentation. Avondale’s wines are authentic and very good. … Continue reading

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Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror … Continue reading

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New Sparkling Rosés from North America, Europe and South Africa

Sparkling rosé is made all over the world.  In this article, we review new releases from North America [California, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia] and Europe [Austria, France] and South Africa. Sparkling rosés come from numerous grapes—almost … Continue reading

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Wines of the East Coast: Rapid Progress on Many Fronts

The wines of the East Coast are making progress on many fronts.  Noteworthy improvements in the quality of East Coast wines and their unique character are attracting growing numbers of wine enthusiasts. Today, more than ever before, consumers along the … Continue reading

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Clarice’s New Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands & Flaunt’s New High Quality Brut

Clarice is a new project by veteran winemaker Adam Lee. Adam and his partner and spouse Dianna Novy who have been crafting wine since the mid-1990s.  They created the Siduri label in 1994 under which they produced first-rate Pinot Noirs … Continue reading

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Vergelegen: Modern Wines from a 300 Year Old Estate

Vergelegen is one of South Africa’s finest producers of premium wines. It’s located in an idyllic setting just 6 km from the sea with sloping mountainside vineyards, and winemaker André Van Rensburg is one of South Africa’s most passionate winemakers. … Continue reading

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Graham Beck: Exclusive Focus on Premium Sparkling

Industrialist Graham Beck founded his eponymous vineyard and winery in Robertson in 1983.  A few years later Pieter Ferreira joined Graham Beck, making his first sparkling wine  (called MCC or Methode Cap Classique in South Africa) in 1991. We visited … Continue reading

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Hermann J. Wiemer of the Finger Lakes: A Great American Winery

Hermann J. Wiemer is one of the pioneers of viticulture and winemaking in the Finger Lakes. A native of Bernkastel, Germany, he studied at the world famous Neustadt Viticultural Research Institute, took a winemaking job in the Finger Lakes, and … Continue reading

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