• 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...


  • Chianti Classico Riserva - Football's favorite wine

    To understand the pedigree of these wines, you need to understand a little bit of their ...


  • The Wines of Germany 101

    Old world wine countries are challenging to describe. Simply put, too much is going on and too much has gone on there for brief summaries to be of much help...


  • Wines of Chile 101

    Chilean wine has had an interesting past few decades in the established markets of the northern hemisphere. The UK in particular has enjoyed these wines for...


  • The Wines of Argentina 101

    Argentina has emerged as one of wine’s great success stories of the 21st century, which might be disappointing to the Argentines who have afterall been at...


  • Cal-Italians

    When you travel around the world visiting wine regions as often as not you simply have your expectations fulfilled. Think about it. You travel to Piedmont to...


  • Murcia, Spain

    The deservedly prized wine grape of all three DOs is the hearty Monastrell. Comprised of small, dense clusters, the red wine grape Monastrell thrives in the...


  • In Search of Style

    We are led to believe that in addition to each winery’s house style, wines convey a sense of place. This idea, referred to by its French name: terroir,...


  • 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...


  • PVA: Austrian Gruner Veltliner

    We're back with some great reports from Snooth's favorite online authors. Each attended the recent Wine Writer's Seminar Series offered during the People's...


  • Italian White Wines for Spring

    Enotria, the land of vines, was the ancient Greek name for Italy and a very appropriate one at that. Today much of Italian white wine is dominated by a...


  • Dunn Winery

    The wines of Randy Dunn really need no introduction. First with Caymus Vineyards, where Randy was the winemaker from 1975 through 1985, and then with his...


  • Sonoma, aka Pinot Country

    In some ways, California is an odd place when it comes to wine. Regions tend to become associated with a particular variety: Napa with Cabernet, Santa...


  • 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...


  • Pays d'Oc Event Recap

    We’ve all heard the name Pays d’Oc, and many of us are familiar with the history of the appellation, born as a replacement for the Vins de Pays country...


  • Region of the Year 2012

    Wine writers like to give out awards. Sometimes, those awards are for wines that win comparative taste tests, a dubious proposition in many ways. Other...


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