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..
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..
Shafer is best known for their impressive red wines, principally Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Stags Leap AVA. Don’t overlook Shafer Chardonnay though. Also an estate wine, but from their Red Shoulder Ranch property on the Napa side of the Carneros ..
Founded as a monastery by Carthusians from Provence at the turn of the 13th century, Scala Dei is one of the oldest wine producers in Western Europe. It’s located in Priorat DOQ, home to dense and powerful red blends. Owned by Codorniu Raventos sin..
Yesterday’s article featured very fine, luxury Cava from Codorniu Raventos. Today we look at Viña Pomal Rioja, one of the brands produced at Bodegas Bilbainas.
The history of Bodegas Bilbainas goes back to 1859, though the company didn’t take th..