Tag Archives: Chardonnay

Peay Vineyards’ New Releases

Peay Vineyards is one of California’s finest producers of hand-crafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Established in 1996, it sits on an isolated mountain ridge along the “true” Northern Sonoma Coast (near the town of Annapolis) in the coastal fog … Continue reading

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Six Hats Fair Trade Wines from South Africa: Super Value with Equity

Fair Trade, of course, has the goal of improving the wages and working conditions of the farmers and workers in the developing world. In 2007, Charles Back (the famed owner of Fairview and Goats do Roam) helped the Citrusdale Wines … Continue reading

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Santa Maria Valley: New Chardonnay Releases from Sierra Madre

The Santa Maria Valley AVA is unique in its orientation to the Pacific. The Santa Maria River runs east to west emptying into the ocean at the city of Santa Maria, just north of the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The … Continue reading

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Freestone Vineyards: New Releases

Freestone Vineyards produces some of the finest cool climate wines along the Sonoma Coast. Last year we visited winemaker Theresa Heredia at the winery, located just five miles from the cold Pacific on the real Sonoma Coast. We tasted barrel … 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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Familia Schroeder: Wine and Dinosaurs in Neuquén

Roberto Schroeder’s ancestors emigrated from Germany in the early 19th century. Today Roberto is another kind of pioneer, developing an ultra-modern winery in Neuquén, a Patagonian province not previously known for fine wine. The area he selected, San Patricio del … 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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Llai Llai: Cool Climate Wines from Chile’s Bio Bio Valley

When we were in Chile a few months ago, we visited Vina Corpora (VC) and tasted its growing portfolio of wines from the Bio Bio Valley in the far south of Chile. There’s a strong French influence at VC, with … Continue reading

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