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..
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..
Most wine lovers know Codorniu Raventos as a producer of Cava. That’s understandable as, in 1872, Codorniu became the first winery in Spain to focus on sparkling production and essentially created the category of wine now known as Cava. The company..
The very positive evolution of Troon Vineyard is becoming more clear. Founded in 1972, it was the Applegate Valley’s first commercial winery and has long been a reliable producer. But, in recent years, it’s been making qualitative, and philosophica..
For decades, Alsace has been, for all intents and purposes, a white wine region. The distinctive characters of Alsace Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Blanc are international reference points. Until recently, Alsace Pinot Noi..
Napa Valley and its wines are so successful—and have been for decades—that it’s easy to forget how far the area has come from the 1960’s and 1970’s. There are very few Napa wineries which have been around for 40 years. Grgich Hills is among the pro..
Last year, at about this time, I was touring bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. One of my visits was with Bulleit at their historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery, just five miles from Louisville. Naturally, I sampled all three of the well-known Bulleit ..
In 2014, Byron changed directions to focus on vineyard-designates, primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from the top sites of Santa Barbara County. As of 2016, their assortment included 20 different vineyards. I met with winemaker Jonathan Nagy at ..
On April 27, I attended a lunch with new Luce technical director, Stefano Ruini and tasted through a number of past and current releases. My reviews of the latter are below. For my notes on the vertical tasting and more about the company’s history ..