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  • The Rootstocks of Italian Hospitality

    The Italians are well known for their hospitality. Some years ago, my American-born cousins went to a mountain village in Sicily in search of our late...


  • Being in Burgundy

    There is nothing like spending time in Burgundy. The villages and countryside are beautiful and timeless. The people are discreet but warm. Burgundy is like...


  • Wines Only from the Source

    Our world of wine roughly breaks down into three distinct categories. The vast majority of wines are produced using a handful of international varieties that...


  • Only In Piedmont

    I'm sitting here in Piedmont on a beautiful late spring day, lamenting the coming rains as well as the masses of tourists. The fact that this spring has been...


  • Morellino di Scansano

    It's relatively easy to find superior, satisfying wine if you’re free to pay top dollar. But for most of us that's usually not the case. Instead, we have...


  • Beringer Vineyards

    Those of my ilk tend to perpetuate certain notions. For example, the idea that smaller or newer is better, as if merely being either bestows some magical...


  • The Wines of Scarpa

    Casa Vinicola Scarpa is a venerable house, producing, among other wines, Barolo and Barbera that virtually no one in the States is familiar with. Not...


  • Beyond the Usual Suspects

    There’s more to Napa Valley than the big, well-established brands and “cult” producers of unobtainable Cabernet Sauvignon. There are hundreds of...


  • A Value Leader Among Wines

    Cabernet Sauvignon is Chile’s most cultivated grape, with more than 98,000 acres of vines planted. While the character of Chilean Cabernet varies, it often...


  • Thomas Fogarty in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    The Santa Cruz Mountains: not the first place that springs to mind when we think of the top appellations in California now is it? Of course, one of the...


  • Top 8 2010 Burgundies

    2010 Burgundies are hitting the shelves, or in some cases due to the marriage of limited quantities and high ratings, are slipping through the retail...


  • Top Ten Cabernet Sauvignons: Spotlight on Washington State

    Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended. This changes - and some would say completes - its distinctive profile. To showcase this iconic black grape, I wanted to...


  • A Tour of the Oregon Wine Harvest

    On the third day of the incredible Oregon Wine Harvest Tour through the gorgeous state I proudly call home, our group of wine writers was lucky enough to sit...


  • Rioja Reserva

    With the holidays fast approaching, this is the time of the year when most of us begin to look for wines that are a cut above our average, wines that deliver...


  • Top 9 Spanish Wines

    Spain is a huge country that produces tons of wine, but we often get caught up in tasting wines from only its most famous regions. I repeatedly hear what...


  • Top Portuguese Red Wines

    The wines of Portugal, and the red wines in particular, offer consumers a glimpse back in time. Many of the wines are still made in a slightly rustic style...


  • 2012 Harvest Snapshots

    2012 was a bit of an atypical vintage across Europe. The weather was difficult through the spring and early summer, and even later in some regions, which...


  • Mother Nature Meets WoMan: 2010 Red Burgundy in Your Glass(es)

    As I said in my post on 2010 Burgundian whites, this vintage is delicious. I discussed there how weather affects white and red wines differently. So far,...


  • 2010 Northern Rhone

    I don’t do Syrah justice on these pages. Coming from around the world, the wines often do not get the distribution they need because of a soft market. On...


  • Mother Nature Meets Wo/Man - 2010 Burgundy Whites in Your Glass(es)

    The 2010 wines from Burgundy are delicious. The weather affects white and red wines differently. I’ll start by pointing out why small weather events can...


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