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

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 varietals, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, and […]

All About Riesling: The Most Versatile White Wine

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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 can make some of the […]

The World’s First Flat Wine Bottle

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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 as “the industry’s longest-running independently […]

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

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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 warm and loving personalities in […]

2016 Rhones: The Vintage of the Generation

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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 has produced what many growers […]

In Memory of the ‘King of Zinfandel’ Kent Rosenblum

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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 San Francisco’s East Bay when […]

The Best Wine Pairings for Football Season and Tailgating

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Most of us insist on beer at a tailgate. That’s how the knee jerks, anyway. But there are great wine pairings for football and we are on a mission to bring together the disparate fan domains of football and wine. Because a good red will bring out the flavor in the condiments. Because Riesling matches […]

The Explosion of Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Grape

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Native to Bourgogne, the Pinot Noir grape is a mysterious and complex varietal. It is the raw material of the greatest Bourgogne red wines, and has thus played a key role in the region’s worldwide reputation. It is the quintessential interpreter of terroir, and is capable of capturing every nuance of the land on which it […]

Parador Cellars: Spanish Style Wine in the Napa Valley

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Steve Ventrello founded Parador Cellars based on his ‘fantasy’ that three seemingly compatible grape varieties would marry and wined up creating an exceptional wine.  He intuited that blending the very best of his favorite varietals – Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, along with the premier grapes of Spain and Italy, Tempranillo and Sangiovese – would yield a singular wine of […]

The Most Popular Wines in Every State

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There’s something special about wine. Whether you’re ending the workday with a glass of Chianti while you cook or sipping crisp Chardonnay in your favorite restaurant, the mere act of opening the bottle lends a sense of celebration. To determine which types of wine are most popular by state – from Merlot to Malbec, Sauvignon […]