Freemark Abbey was founded in 1939, when three businessmen teamed up to buy a pre-existing Napa Valley winery, Lombarda Cellars. They gave it a new a name—a mash-up of their first names. So, unlike some other wineries in the valley, this “Abbey” ..
Stony Hill is one of Napa’s oldest, still-operating wineries.
Stony Hill represents both the history of Napa Valley and that region’s potential. I have heard so many winemakers around the world say “great wines are made in the vineyard.” But fe..
Yangarra Estate Vineyard features sandy soil which is great for old vine Rhone varieties
Yangarra Estate focuses on Rhone varieties grown on its own biodynamic vineyard in McLaren Vale. Their flagship is bush-vine Grenache. Yangarra Estate off..
A bottle of 2011 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte, empty before its time.
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte is a storied wine, often called on the world’s finest. It’s 100% Sangiovese. The grapes are from the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, but th..
Gosset Grand Milllesime, a premier vintage Champagne
2006 Gosset Grand Millesime Brut Champagne
Lemon-gold in the glass with tiny bubbles and gently creamy mousse, this recently released vintage Champagne offers a fruit-centric nose of poac..
A look at the vineyard blocks of Alta Colina
Alta Colina grows and makes Rhone-varieties in the Adelaida District AVA of Paso Robles. It’s a family business, started in 2003 when Bob Tillman bought 131 acres in the “high hills” of western Paso…
The growing season is long and dry, but winter can bring snow to the vineyards which average 3,300 feet in elevation.
Chateau Ksara is Lebanon’s oldest operating winery. (There are 40 wineries in Lebanon which produce 7 million bottles per year..
What wine would you pair with grilled kebab?
Wine pairing for grilled food presents unique challenges. The cooking process introduces flavors of smoke and, perhaps, char. There might be sweet or fruity sauces and a wide variety of foods being g..
Winemaker Susana Balbo with the concrete fermenters at her eponymous winery
Susana Balbo was the first woman in Argentina to earn a degree in enology. After 18 years working at Argentinian wineries such as Michel Torino, Martins and Catena Zapa..
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