The north of Italy is home to that country’s most famous sparkling wines, including Prosecco (Veneto), Franciacorta (Lombardy) and Asti (Piemonte). Martini & Rossi is based in Turin, the capitol of Piemonte. The company is thus well-positioned to c..
I like wine, I like bubbles, and I like cocktails. But, until recently, Martini & Rossi hasn’t been a brand I’ve pursued. I remember ads, from the time I was a kid, for Martini & Rossi vermouths. And I’ve seen the name on glasses, umbrellas, and th..
Makers and lovers of Roussanne wines often say they are best consumed either very young or after ten years. In its youth, the variety’s pear and melon notes are fresh and vibrant. It’s gossamer aromas of chamomile and other subtle blossoms are at t..
Zenaida Cellars is located in Paso Robles’ Templeton Gap District AVA, which is distinguished due to the cooling ocean breezes which flow through that break in the coastal Santa Lucia Mountains. Zenaida Cellars’ 22-acre vineyard was planted in ..
Domaine Drouhin in Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Dundee Hills)
My reviews of two samples from Drouhin, a Pinot from Burgundy and a Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, are below. But first, here’s some background on the company.
In 1890, Joseph Dro..
Rusack Vineyards is a Santa Barbara County winery, based in the Ballard Canyon AVA. The primary Rusack estate vineyard includes 16.5 planted acres straddling Ballard Canyon Road on the valley floor. Its varieties include Syrah, Petite Sirah, S..
Gary Farrell wines have been exemplars of Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their first release in 1982. The winery, which opened in 2000 and offers stunning views of the valley and forest below, was an immediate hit as well.
Rombauer Vineyards recently released their 2016 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley. This is the first time Rombauer has made Sauvignon Blanc available on a national level. They produced Sauvignon Blanc in 2014 and 2015 as well, but in very small ..
People are rosé crazy right now. Sales have been brisk for some time but, with the heat over the past few months, bottles are flying off shelves. And it doesn’t hurt that rosé wines also play into two other, popular trends: less new oak and lower a..
Blake Gray recently opined that “austerity is in for Napa Carneros Chardonnay.” He based this on a tasting in which he and I both participated. We, and a handful of other experts, blind tasted 25 Napa Carneros Chardonnay from respected producers. W..