Category: Boutique Wines

Friuli Meets California: The Wines of Arbe Garbe

You can take the boy out of Friuli, but you can’t take the Friuli out of the boy. One quick

Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick

I’ve decided that Matthew Rorick, despite his muscular frame and the weathered crow’s feet of a classic California surf bum,

Icon Wines of Napa: A Tasting

What would you do if someone offered to hold a tasting of all the best Cabernets in Napa according to

Matthiasson Wines, Napa: Current Releases

If there is anything that could be described as a fabric of winemaking influence in Napa, it consists of a

Drinking The Past: The Wines of Zorah, Armenia

Wines are always a link to our past. At the very least they tell a story of a previous season,

An Obsession With Pinot: The Wines of Jamie Kutch

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

Schlossgut Diel, Nahe, Germany: Current Releases

When Caroline Diel was seven, she was old enough to wonder whether or not her father loved her as much

From Blogger to Winemaker: The Wines of Two Shepherds

The longer I write about wine, the more roads to passion I discover. It was only a matter of time,

Weingut Dönnhoff, Nahe, Germany: Current Releases

Some great wines obscure their own greatness, and seemingly get noticed out of the corner of your eye, and then

Eva Fricke, Rheingau, Germany: Current Releases

Eva Frick’s eyes are the same shade as her electric turquoise tennis shoes. They are so arresting that it can

Benanti Winery, Sicily: Current Releases

Few places so viscerally evoke their terroir as do the vineyards on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. Especially

Massican Wines, Napa: Current Releases

Let’s begin with the fact that, in my opinion, Dan Petroski makes the single best bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in

Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases

Andrea Franchetti is worrying about a door. It’s two days before the Contrada dell’Etna, the main seasonal tasting of Etna

Fromm Winery, Marlborough, New Zealand: Current Releases

When was the last time you thanked the Cold War for giving you a great glass of wine? It’s not

Keplinger Wines, Napa: Current Releases

One of the most often proclaimed credentials for winemakers in California consists of having been trained in the Old World.

Pietradolce Winery, Solichiatta, Sicily: Recent Releases

, and sat down to a bowl of her rustic pork ragu and freshly made pasta, and practically burst into

Framingham Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand: Current Releases

Sometimes the true story of a winery is not found in its history, tracing back the ownership from generation to

Bressan Mastri Vinai, Friuli Izonzo, Italy: Current Releases

I’m not entirely sure why some of the best wines in the world are made by people who are more

Frank Cornelissen, Etna, Sicily: Upcoming Releases

, watching the backhoe dig out the foundations of his second generation winery in the shadow of the little village

Churton Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand: Recent Releases

Sometimes we head off into the world searching for our heart’s desire only to return home to find that what

Stella di Campalto, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy: Current Releases

Some stories are just about enough to make you believe in fate. Fifteen years ago, no one in their right

2009 Ladera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa

I’ve been drinking wine for nearly 50% of my life at this point, taking notes on wine for almost 20

Te Whare Ra, Marlborough, New Zealand: Current Releases

“I think if I hear ‘wine must be such a great lifestyle’ one more time,” says Anna Flowerday, “I think

Kapcsándy Family Winery, Napa: Current Releases

Napa has a way of turning modest dreams into major productions. Lou Kapcsándy and his wife Bobbie decided to retire

Bilancia Wines, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand: Current Releases

New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay wine region nestles up against the astonishing natural harbor that lends the area its name, sprawling

The Best of Napa’s 2011 Cabernets: Tasting at Premiere Napa Valley

This past Saturday, Napa Valley held what the Napa Valley Vintners association refers to as its “Annual Bake Sale.” The

Man O’War Vineyards, Waiheke Island, New Zealand: Current Releases

Under painfully blue skies and across the turquoise waters of the Hauraki Gulf on a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland,

Best of the West: Tasting the Wines of the Extreme Sonoma Coast

What are the most exciting wines being made in the state of California? From nooks, crannies, ridges and ruffles of

2007 Shafer Vineyards “Hillside Select” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District, Napa

In a family wine business, one of the most crucial moments in the history of the enterprise will always be

2011 Tatomer “Paragon” Gruner Veltliner, Edna Valley

When you meet some winemakers, who are seemingly making a living at a pursuit borne entirely of passion, it’s hard

Smith Madrone Winery, Napa: Current Releases

There are more legends, stories, fairytales, and fables than anyone could count that all involve some guy up on a

Pasaeli Winery, Izmir, Turkey: Current Releases

At the age of 17, Seyit Karagozoglu was far from home. For three years he had been away from his

Kocabag Winery, Cappadocia, Turkey: Current Releases

From the small airport of Nevsehir you must cross the Kizilirmak or “the red river,” the longest river in Turkey

Cobb Wines, Sonoma Coast, CA: Two Vineyards, Four Vintages

When we are children, we don’t necessarily comprehend what our parents do for fun, and when we do, we rarely

Highlights from the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Event

I attend a lot of public tasting events for the same reason I tell my readers to attend them. They

Vivier Wines, Napa: Current Releases

Most winemakers have some story of how they discovered wine. It’s quite commonplace in Europe to simply grow up in

MORIC, Burgenland, Austria: Current Releases

One of the greatest pleasures in the life of the truly wine-curious emerges in the revelatory taste — that moment

2007 Ruston Family Vineyards “La Maestra” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

I love Napa and its wines, but the bits of it that are truly dear to my heart tend to

Domaine Coffinet-Duvernay, Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy: Some Current Releases

Burgundy is nothing if not consistent. The unbroken line that the region traces back through thousands of years of winegrowing

2009 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa

In some quarters, speaking of the greatness to be found in California Chardonnay will earn nothing but sniggers and the

Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile’s Old Vine Carignane

As a child, the lure of archeology cannot be denied. Fantasies of discovering ancient treasures fuel the dreams of many