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#9 Wine of the Year – 2016 Fortune 1621

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Spotlight, Top 100 2018, Wineries|

Wine SpectrumTop 100  #9 Wine of 2018 2016 Fortune 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa |  Wine Spectrum 93+ | Buy Here As the second label for Darms Lane, a rising star Napa Valley producer whose Cabernets range $60-$90/btl…  at under $30/bottle Fortune 1621 renders an incredibly high level [...]

#10 Wine of the Year – 2013 Valdez Zinfandel

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|

Wine SpectrumTop 100  #10 Wine of 2018 2013 Valdez Zinfandel Zinfandel  |  Sonoma |  Wine Spectrum 93+ | Buy Here Robert Parker has dubbed Ulises Valdez “one of the finest vineyard managers in Sonoma” and he has worked with some of California’s best winemakers like Mark Aubert (Colgin, Aubert), Paul Hobbs [...]

5 Top Grower Champagne

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Wine World|Tags: , , |

In the wine industry there is a lot of talk about grower champagne… you might be seeing wine mags, bloggers and champagne buffs talk about a ‘grower revolution’ or the ‘rise of the grower champagne’. But what exactly is a grower champagne?  Did you know that most of the large [...]

All About Zinfandel, California’s Favorite Wine

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , |

Let's Learn About Zinfandel!  Zinfandel is a wine truly made famous by California although it has it's roots in Croatia. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry. The big, ripe red wine that comes from [...]

In the tradition of Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello comes another Great Super Tuscan by Querciabella

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Spotlight, Wineries|

Italy’s most acclaimed and coveted wines, with names like Sassicaia and Ornellaia and Tignanello are as recognizable among collectors as Screaming Eagle and DRC.  These wineries had a profound impact on winemaking in the region, and inspired a number of Tuscan wineries to begin experimenting with their own Super Tuscans. Broadly speaking, this meant incorporating Bordeaux [...]

All About Riesling: The Most Versatile White Wine

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , , , |

Riesling is one of the world’s most misunderstood and under appreciated wine grapes. (So is Chardonnay, but that’s another story.) This brilliant wine has unfortunately been associated with Germany’s mass exports of the 1970s and 1980s, or more recently with brands like Barefoot, and is typically assumed to be sweet. But while Riesling [...]

The World’s First Flat Wine Bottle

By | September 18th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , |

Back in 2016, when we first heard of the initial release of the world’s first flat wine bottle, the whole thing sounded like a really cool idea. Now it’s an award-winning idea as well. Last week, the Dow Chemical Company announced the winners of the 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation—billed [...]

A Tribute to One of California’s Most Beloved Vintners Ulises Valdez

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , |

Ulises Valdez, one of California's most beloved vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early Wednesday morning of a heart attack.  He was 49. Valdez was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in California. He was equally regarded as one of the most [...]

2016 Rhones: The Vintage of the Generation

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , |

AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE: OPULENT FRUIT, MELTING TANNINS, AND ENERGETIC FRESHNESS 2016 is a roaring success in the Rhône. It follows the excellent 2015 whose release saw an upsurge in interest in this classic French region of diverse expression. Where 2015 produced Northern Rhône Syrahs of remarkable depth and complexity, 2016 [...]

In Memory of the ‘King of Zinfandel’ Kent Rosenblum

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Varietals|Tags: , , , , |

Tributes have been pouring in since it was announced that Kent Rosenblum, the good natured veterinarian from Minnesota turned winemaking icon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night from complications following knee replacement surgery.  He was 74. Kent, a pioneer in the modern California Zinfandel movement,  was just a vet living in [...]