Category: Boutique Wines

15 Years of Argentina’s Finest Malbec

There was a time early in my wine drinking life that I did not care for Argentine Malbec. I frankly

The Evolution of Furmint: Tasting with Zoltan Demeter

I returned to Hungary this past Spring, and on my brief visit to the Tokaj region, I didn’t miss the

Tokaji Barta: The Old King in a New House

Few traditional wine regions in the world can avoid something of a sneer when contemplating those with new money and

Jamie Kutch and the Refinement of California Pinot Noir

“I was always a hobby person as a kid, but I I would push them beyond where anyone would normally

The Lodi Zinfandel Revolution Continues

Let me begin with total honesty. I fell out of love with Zinfandel. When I first got into wine, I

Small is Beautiful: The Champagnes of Savart

The famous designers Charles and Ray Eames, in the employ of the then young company named IBM, once created a

Lost Treasures in the Sierra Foothills: The Wines of Renaissance Vineyards

Soon after gold was discovered in California in 1848, and word spread east, more than 80,000 prospectors descended upon the

Tasting Integrity: 25 Years of Corison Napa Cabernet

“This is how integrity tastes,” I found myself concluding as I tasted through 25 years of Cathy Corison’s efforts to

Drink Different: Highlights From the 7% Solution Tasting

One of the “worst” mistakes any wine lover can make involves the wine drinking equivalent of getting stuck in a

Drinking Time Itself: The Champagnes of Anselme Selosse

The world’s greatest winemakers almost always have something in common with their wines. This would be expected, of course, as

A Singular Expression: The Champagnes of Cédric Bouchard

When I first met the improbably youthful Cédric Bouchard six years ago on his first visit to the United States,

A Man, an Island, and a Bottle of Grüner: The Wines of Rudi Pichler

“I am not a modern winemaker,” says Rudi Pichler, as we walk through his compact, and yes, very modern winery

The Superb Grace of Old Vines: Drinking Janasse

In a region where castles crumble to ruins on the hills, and the vines outlive their farmers, one of the

Flirting with the Ecstatic: The Wines of Nikolaihof, Austria

There are certain places in this world that feel as if they exist outside of time. Or perhaps they exist

Setting a New Bar for Oregon Pinot: Brittan Vineyards

Expressed briefly, making a great wine is rather simple. You find the right piece of ground; you put the right

A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal

“I have been condemned to death four times,” says the man that everyone calls Senhor Baron with a smile that

Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey

In the pantheon of global wine regions, Portugal doesn’t rank among the most storied, at least as far as the

The Dark Queen of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Domaine du Pégau

She may be the Dark Queen of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but the darkness doesn’t come from her. In fact, Laurence Feraud is

Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets

It sounds like the beginnings of a joke: how do you hook a wine writer? The answer, it turns out,