• Burlotto in 2010

    As many of you know, I am a big fan of the wines of the village of Verduno. I was introduced to this small hamlet largely because of the wines that Fabio...


  • Explore Argentina with Trapiche

    While there is a world of wine beyond Malbec, any discussion of Argentine wine really needs to at least touch on this noble grape. Whether you are looking...


  • Don & Sons for Father's Day

    It’s no surprise that wine will enter into my Father’s Day plans. Which wine is yet to be seen, as I’m going to let my Dad decide (it is his day), but...


  • Ch. Ste. Michelle - My Chateau

    For years, while I was in the retail wine business, people would ask me for food and wine pairing advice that ranged from the simple -- what wine matches Coq...


  • The Wines of Tetramythos

    The Tetramythos vineyards lie on the steep slopes of Mount Helmos, on Greece’s most southern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. When I visited in April, the...


  • Caves Jean Bourdy

    One of the oldest producers around, Caves Jean Bourdy has been making wine since 1475 in Arlay, Jura. We’re talking the Late Middle Ages. The mind reels....


  • Rene Barbier Wines

    Well folks, it looks like summer is here! When I was younger I spent my summers in Europe. It’s kind of funny how summer seems like the only time of the...


  • The Wines of Tenuta Valdipiatta

    Valdipiatta produces both Classic Sangiovese-based wines (with a bit of Mammolo and Canaiolo added for complexity and balance), as well as wines based on...


  • The Taste of Tapena

    The world of wine is a-changing. One of the most exciting changes is the move to wines that embody the spirit of their homeland. As we all search out great...


  • Vote For Your Favorite: Cameron Hughes

    I think everyone who joined us last week for this very special, inaugural video tasting would say that while the wines were great, Cameron Hughes' passion is...


  • The Barolo of Giacomo Conterno

    The wines made by Giovanni Conterno, Giacomo’s son, through the 1990s, and now made by his son Roberto, are virtually eternal monuments to everything I...


  • Patz and Hall Profile

    In California’s hyper-competitive wine world, it pays to have an advantage. Some producers try and spread their weight around by offering every wine under...


  • Dashe Cellars

    I was fortunate to share a meal with Mike Dashe -- and several of his wines -- some seven or so years ago. A mutual friend arranged the little soiree here in...


  • Rocking it with Roda

    Bodegas Roda is a new addition to the Rioja landscape. Nestled in the Alta Rioja among many grand old Bodegas, Mario Rottlant and Carmen Daurella had a...


  • Torbreck Wines

    Founded only in 1994, Torbreck has quickly emerged as one of Australia’s most acclaimed wineries. David Powell, a local boy by way of Adelaide, left a...


  • Michael Mondavi and Folio Fine Wine

    This, our third and final installment in the history of the Mondavi family in Napa Valley, is by necessity the shortest story I have to tell. It’s not...


  • The Mondavi Story Continues with Robert

    I left off last week after going through the first chapter of the Mondavi Story, which ended with the ongoing adventures of the Peter Mondavi Branch of the...


  • Tasting the wines of Montevertine

    During my recent visit to Tuscany I had a few properties that I was unable to coordinate a visit with. Among these I was most disappointed in missing the...


  • L'Aventure

    It may strike people as odd that someone who studied in Bordeaux, produced wine for his family’s estate there, and consulted for several other Bordelaise...


  • Domaine de Montille

    The Domaine de Montille is one of those wineries whose wines tend to polarize people. Their wines make no concessions to the immediately drinkable, lush, and...


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