Category: Wine Reviews

The Wines of the Flaming Fields

Without a doubt, there’s something special about volcanic wines. The fruit that grows on vines plunged into the remains of

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/22/23

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/15/23

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 12/25/22

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Ridge Vineyards: An American Wine Icon at 60

In 1968, a young Paul Draper was just beginning his career as a winemaker. After a brief stint making some

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 12/18/22

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The Ancient Taste: Notes on Some Georgian Wines

By tracing the DNA relationships between known grape varieties, and correlating those results with the radiocarbon dating of archeological discoveries,

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 11/20/22

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 11/13/22

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The Elegance of Age: Tasting South Africa’s Oldest Vines

Old vines make better wines. Like so many broad generalizations in the wine industry, that’s a verifiably false statement. Plenty

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 11/6/22

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 10/30/22

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Putting South African Chardonnay in a Global Context

Chardonnay. A grape both worshipped and reviled. It is the magical stuff of Montrachet, making $18,000 bottles of the most

The Way of Granite: Gideon Beinstock and the Wines of Clos Saron

In the most famous wine regions of the world, a tourist wandering the nicely manicured rows of vines that lead

An Afternoon’s Dalliance With Dão

Portugal remains one of the more under-appreciated wine-producing countries on the planet in my opinion. Even as it has recently

Red and Fresh: Tasting the 2020 Gimblett Gravels Vintage Selection

Gravel is a word used in conjunction with some of wine’s most hallowed ground. The gravelly clays of Bordeaux’s Left

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 9/18/22

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Pix—The Inside Story

American wine isn’t keeping up with the digital technology revolution, and it hasn’t been for a long while. I’m not

The Best Colorado Wines: Judging The Colorado Governor’s Cup

Judging wine competitions has always been somewhat thankless work. Sitting in what are often windowless, cold rooms for 8 hours