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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..
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..
2014 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 93 14.5% 750ml $75
This five-variety, Napa Valley blend is showing beautifully. Aromas of black cherry, black currant, gently toasted oak, caramel, scorched earth and milk chocolate rise effortless..
Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily made from estate fruit coming from the hilly vineyard blocks near the winery, in the Stags Leap District AVA, and a much flatter estate vineyard, Borderline. It lies about 2 miles away, still in..
Jim and Mary Dierberg brought more than 20 years experience as winery owners to the Santa Barbara County venture they began in 1996. In 1974, they had purchased the historic Hermannhof Winery in Missouri, located just west of their home town, St. L..
Dierberg’s Drum Canyon Vineyard high in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Dierberg Vineyards, based Santa Barbara County, produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from their estate vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon AV..
I sat down with winemaker Ryan Hodgins a couple weeks ago to taste a couple of his recent FEL Pinot Noir releases. They were very good. My reviews are below but, first, here’s some background on FEL which is a newish brand.
Australia has been a source of very good, value-priced wine since the early 1980’s. And I’m not talking about critter labels. I mean real wine—dry table wines which are varietally-correct and well balanced. For the most part though, the wines ..
Paso Robles tends to dominate mindshare when it comes to San Luis Obispo County wines. That’s logical, because there are so many wineries there and a lot of excellent wine. But we shouldn’t overlook the AVAs to the south in SLO’s cool zone: Edna Va..