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 ..
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..
While we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the United States today, our friends in New Zealand are raising a glass to Sauvignon Blanc. Those two celebrations match up nicely. Here are some specific suggestions for pairing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ..
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..
Yountville-based Stewart Cellars offers Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County and Bordeaux-variety wines from Napa Valley. Their three new, Spring releases came my way recently. They’re all good wines and my reviews are below. You can see m..
The recent Sonoma County Barrel Auction was a fun experience and featured some really lovely wines. In a blog for JJ Buckley yesterday, I gave an overview of the auction and then focused on multi-winery, multi-vineyard Pinot Noir blends which showe..
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..