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Teliani Valley: Outstanding Values from a Modern Georgian Winery

The country of Georgia has the world’s oldest winemaking tradition, over 8,000 years, yet they’re new to many consumers.  Georgian wines are increasingly appreciated by wine enthusiasts and the trade owing to their uniqueness and excellent quality to price ratios. Wines … Continue reading

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The Vineyards at Dodon: Organic Viticulture in Practice

Tom Croghan of the Vineyards at Dodon is a physician, a cellular immunologist and now, a winemaker. Tom’s theory is that “wine is the product of our relationship with nature”.  And his background in medicine has transitioned to his belief that … Continue reading

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Selections from Portugal: Affordable Current Releases

Portugal is home to 400 varieties of grapes, many of which make delicious wines and most of which are unfamiliar to the average consumer.  In this article, we review some current releases of white and red blends of Portuguese grape varieties … 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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New Releases from Maryland’s Linganore Winecellars

Founded in 1976 in Mt. Airy, Linganore is Maryland’s oldest estate vineyard and winery. With 80 acres of vineyards nestled on 230 acres of rolling countryside and an annual production of 40 thousand cases, Linganore is also Maryland’s largest winery. … Continue reading

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Wines to Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving

For most of us 2020’s Thanksgiving will be different.    Because of the COVID pandemic,  family and friends will not be gathering in  large numbers to celebrate.   Instead,  we’ll keep it smaller for the sake of everyone’s heath. Although we’ll … 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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Cottanera’s New Releases from Sicily’s Mt. Etna

Mt. Etna is one of the world’s most unique wine terroirs, as we discovered on our trip there for our report on The Wines of Sicily.  In this article, we review the current releases of one the most prominent producers, Cottanera. Located … Continue reading

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Albariños from the Palacio de Fefiñanes: Current Releases

Rías Baixas is famous for its Albariño, and the Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries of the Rías Baixas DO [Denominación de Orígen]. Established in 1904, today the winery is housed in … Continue reading

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Tezza: Current Releases of Amarone and Ripasso from the Valpantena Valley

100% organic certified, the Tezza winery in the Valpantena Valley northeast of Verona is now managed by the third generation of the family.  They undertook a major renovation of their 28 hectares of vineyards in the towns of Poiano, Nesente, and … Continue reading

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