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Arnaldo Caprai: Montefalco’s Champion of Sagrantino

We’ve had the opportunity to taste several vintages of Arnaldo Caprai’s Montefalco wines over the past year in Montefalco, Seattle, and Washington DC. These tastings as well as those of other producers lead us to conclude that this estate, led … Continue reading

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Fine Wine Books for the Holidays

Connoisseurs of fine wines love to read about wine and where it comes from. And when they travel, they like exploring new wines.  Here are a few suggested books on traditional and less well known wine regions like England, Georgia, … 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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New Releases from Bodega Marichal of Canelones, Uruguay

Tannat is Uruguay’s signature grape. Unlike the fiercely tannic Tannats of France’s Madiran region, those of Uruguay are accessible early on with rich flavors, good depth, and in the hands of the right winemakers, like Juan Andrés and Alejandro Marichal … Continue reading

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Spanish Wines from ARAEX Grands

In pre-Covid times we had lunch at Manhattan’s Tribeca Grill with Javier Ruiz de Galarreta, the founder and CEO of ARAEX Grands, and Michel Rolland, the French enologist who has influenced winemaking all over the world.  ARAEX Grands is a … Continue reading

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Italian Wines from the Cellar Paired with Roberto Donna’s Cooking

Roberto Donna, is one of the pioneers of Italian alta cucina in Washington DC, especially at Galileo. [If you are of a certain age, you may have seen the video of him with Julia Child in her program, In Julia’s … Continue reading

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The Rosés of Crete

The island of Crete is home to many indigenous grape varieties, some of which undoubtedly derive from those grown by the Minoans over four thousand years ago.  We recently visited Crete to meet the winemakers, tour the vineyards, and taste … Continue reading

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Jumilla’s Authentic Cuisine and Monastrell Wine

Gastronomia Jumillana is savory and honest country cuisine. It pairs well with the earthy, fruit wines made from Monastrell.  Some of the local dishes described below are unlikely to be found in restaurants outside Jumilla.  But they use some of … Continue reading

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Cathy Corison’s Elegant Cabernet Sauvignons from the Special 2018 Vintage

Cathy Corison makes some of the Napa Valley’s most elegant and refined Cabernet Sauvignons.  In this article we review her wines from the cool, long-ripening 2018 vintage, including the still to be released wine from the special, old vine Kronos … Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway, Pliny the Elder, Julia Child, Pope John XXIII & Others on Wine

Our favorite is from Ernest Hemingway: “As I ate the oyster with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and … Continue reading

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