Category: Boutique Wines

Poised for Greatness: Tasting The Evolution of Anderson Valley

Given all the fuss that has been made about Pinot Noir in the post-Sideways era, you would think that Mendocino’s

When Stones Speak: The Wines of Domaine des Ardoisières

Some truly great wines sneak up on you, sip after sip, taste after taste—deepening, resonating, and ultimately resolving into your

The Soul of Refinement: Recent & Upcoming Releases from Corison Winery, Napa

There most definitely was a time, not so long ago, when you couldn’t begin an article about one of Napa’s

The Forest Dreams of the Savoie Vine: The Wines of Domaine Curtet

Can you taste integrity? Spend enough time thinking and talking about wine, especially great wine, and inevitably you have to

Three Men, One Shovel: The Single-Vineyard Cabernets of La Pelle

Earlier this year, I wrote up an extensive report on many of the new (to me) producers of Napa Valley

Cold Soul, Warm Heart: The Wines of Alma Fria

There’s one type of article I write here on Vinography that produces equal parts exhilaration and anxiety: when I decide

A Stellar Season: Tasting the 2019 Vintage Through Premiere Napa Valley

As we have all been experiencing, the pandemic changed everything. So it was no surprise when the Napa Valley Vintners

Forging a New View of Sonoma Valley: Introducing Gail Wines

There comes a point in some people’s careers where the only thing left to do is to make some wine.

A Voice From the Fog: Current Releases From Peay Vineyards

There aren’t many wineries in California about whom I can confidently say that I’ve tasted pretty much every wine they’ve

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 4/4/21

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig through the pile of wine samples that show up asking to be tasted.

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/3/21

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 12/20/20

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 12/13/20

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of

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Finding and Buying Napa’s Rarest Wines

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Napa’s so-called “cult” wines—expensive, limited-production wines that are only sold to mailing-list customers, some of whom

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The Progress of Consistency: A TOR Wines Retrospective

There’s lucky and then there’s damned lucky. Tor Kenward has basically had his dream job since the age of 29.

Napa History in Three Acres and Three Vintages

Some people have beautifully manicured front lawns. Some people have barely manageable jungles. And some are lucky enough to have

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 8/23/20

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of

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The Inertia of Integrity: The Wines of Edmunds St. John

Sometimes, a simple question is enough to change the course of a life. For Steve Edmunds, that question, posed by

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The Reincarnation of Pinot Noir: Adam Lee’s Clarice Project

If you went looking for a poster child, rags-to-riches wine success story in California, you’d be hard-pressed to find a