Birichino has only been around for 10 years but they have made a very reputable name in that short period of time. Alex Krause and John Locke decided early on through their wine making all around the world that they would focus on those varietals that they loved and not necessarily the popular ones planted in California. They are known for their big reds like Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault but I have always loved their Chenin Blanc.Continue Reading
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For 5 generations the Vrignaud family have been making some outstanding Chardonnay from Chablis and in 1955 they decided to plant grapes near the village of Fontenay-près-Chablis to continue this tradition. With Burgundy prices always on the rise it is nice to find steals under $30. 2016 was a difficult vintage with the late Spring frost and the hail storms in May.Continue Reading
If you look at a map of Italy, the Le Marche region is the mid-calf area of the boot. The Bucci family have been making wine in Le Marche for over 300 years. The Verdicchio grape is the most important and most planted varietal of that region and the Bucci family is synonymous with that grape. Ampelio Bucci will use newer techniques while maintaining the family’s historical presence in each bottle.Continue Reading
Greywacke has been a dream project for Kevin Judd since the early 90’s. He was the head winemaker for Cloudy Bay but after 25 years he knew he was ready to move on to his own project. Greywacke is the name of the gray, round stones that are located throughout New Zealand and are what inspired the name of Kevin’s winery.Continue Reading
Hartford winery is generally known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays but Don Hartford has always loved his Zinfandel. So it was no surprise when Wine Spectator put his 2014 Old Vine Zin as the #10 wine of the year in 2016 and his 2015 Zin as #21 the following year. Most of the vineyards that he uses for the old vine Zin are 80-100 years old and therefore speak not only of the varietal but also the history of the soil that they are planted in.Continue Reading
1882 is a perfect example of how you can make a great wine and honor the history of the winery with each bottle. When Francis Ford Coppola purchased the Inglenook vineyard and name, he strived to not only maintain the quality of wine that the vineyard was known for, but to pay his respects to Gustave Niebaum, the original owner. How can your Dad not love this wine?Continue Reading
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a region with a long and complicated history. It is located at the southern most point of the Rhone Valley of France and from 1309 to 1378 Catholic Popes called this region home. Eventually, the Papacy returned to Vatican City but not before making its mark on France, especially in the wine industry. There were 8 Popes during those 69 years, but it was Pope John XII who had the most impact.Continue Reading
In 1996 Jonathan Maltus started to source some of the grapes from the Mazerat sector in the St. Emilion area of Bordeaux. It wasn’t until 2008 that he purchased the entire area and produced the first vintage of Vieux Chateau Mazerat. He was already making the legendary wine called Le Dome from the same vineyard prior to 2008, so it was a foregone conclusion that this would become world class as well.Continue Reading
Alto Adige is a region that is nestled in the northern part of Italy just under Austria. This area of Italy is known for high quality Pinot Grigio but it also has a cool red varietal called Lagrein that is amazing. Lagrein has been around since 1500 AD but a majority of the plantings are in Alto Adige. It never really caught the attention of winemakers outside of the Alto Adige region but those wineries that do produce it make an exciting and diverse wine.Continue Reading