Tag Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

Jordan’s Wine Pioneer: Omar Zumot and the Wines of Saint George.

It’s rare that one encounters a true wine pioneer. But Omar Zumot is undoubtedly the preeminent wine pioneer of Jordan. He had an early interest in winemaking and received his training in Ardeche while still in his teens, but it … Continue reading

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Emiliana Natura: Naturally Inexpensive

  Viñedos Emiliana is the leader in organic and biodynamic wine production in Chile. A fewmonths ago we visited the biodynamic vineyards of Emiliana in the Casablanca Valley [pictured here—Don Winkler; Fernando Pavón, Emiliana; Mike Potashnik]. Organic usually means pricey … Continue reading

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Spann Vineyards: An Innovative Producer’s New Releases February 2011

Peter and Betsy Spann (pictured here) own and operate a wonderful, boutique winery in the Maycamas Mountains of Sonoma. We’ve been reviewing their wines for several years now. The Spanns dry farm their vineyards and strive for low yields, in … Continue reading

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Yellow Tail: An Australian-Sicilian-American Success Story

Yellow Tail is a family winery (Casella Wines) in New South Wales that is one of the wine world’s most phenomenal success stories. It recently relaunched its Reserve line to offer its customers a step up in quality. A brand … Continue reading

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Ecological Packaging: Pepperwood Grove Big Green Box Chardonnay and Cabernet SaCabernet Sauvignonuvignon

While attending the Society of Wine Educators 34th annual conference last week, we had the opportunity to taste a good quality California Chardonnay from Pepperwood Grove, one of the Don Sebastiani & Sons brands. What is most surprising, the wine … Continue reading

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Castello di Amorosa La Castellana Super Tuscan

Who would believe it? A 13th century medieveal Tuscan castle with moat, torture chamber, and several hundred feet of elaborately carved underground wine caves sitting in the center of Napa Valley. A trusted friend recommended a visit, so I called … Continue reading

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2007 Dominus: An Amazing 97 Points from IWR!

Our lunch with Christian Mouiex a few months back prompted this vertical tasting covering 20 years of Dominus, a California wine with a French spirit. The full results can be found at iwinereview.com. Included in the tasting was the 2007 … Continue reading

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Power and Elegance from Ribera del Duero

If you love the richness and depth of a top-rated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon but wish to expand your horizons a bit, try the muscular yet elegant Tempranillo based wines of Ribera del Duero. We’re currently tasting hundreds of these … Continue reading

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Solano Cellars East Bay Winemaker Pair-Off

I had the opportunity to participate in yesterday’s East Bay Winemaker Pair-Off held at Solano Cellars in Berkeley. Five small but prominent East Bay garagiste winemakers showed their wines, which were paired with delicious cheeses, duck pastrami, glazed venison, and … Continue reading

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The Excellent Wines and Super Values of Bottega Vinaia and the Cavit Collection

This past week i-WineReview Editor Don Winkler and Publisher Mike Potashnik lunched at Eric Ripert’s West End Bistro with Andrea Faustini, winemaker for Bottega Vinaia and the Cavit Collection in Trentino, Italy and Massimiliano Giacomini, Export Manager. The luncheon was … Continue reading

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