Category: Red Wine

Hawkes Bay Merlot: Worth the Effort?

Continuing my coverage of my time spent last week in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, we come to the opportunity to

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

2004 Craggy Range “The Quarry” Bordeaux Blend, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

New Zealand is certainly a land of surprises. A relatively compact landmass, it seems to possess every possible topography and

The Legendary Wines of Napa: Tasting Notes

Last weekend I had the singular pleasure of co-leading a tasting with the title Legends of Napa Valley. I wrote

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

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

2009 Clos de los Siete Red Wine, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Fifty miles south of the city of Mendoza the valley of Tunuyan feels less like a valley and more like

Heimann Family Estate, Szekszard, Hungary: Current Releases

The Transdanubian hills in Szekszárd (pronounced sex-sahrd), rise up sharply off the Hungarian Plain, bounding up several hundred meters in

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

A Walk Through the Cote de Nuits with Allen Meadows

As some of you know, I spent last week at the (always) fabulous International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon’s Willamette

The Life and Wines of Jacques Lardiere

in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I attend this event periodically as a media guest, and enjoy the event’s relaxed style, fabulous

2008 Ovid Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley

I’ve learned a lot about many things in the course of meeting with Napa winemakers and writing about Napa wines

Futo Wines, Napa: Current Releases

In some ways the stories aren’t all that different. A wealthy businessman falls in love with wine at some point,

Napa Royalty: Tasting the Wines of Oakville

While often considered a single “place” when it comes to wine, Napa is hardly a monolithic growing region. Each of

The Beauty of Blaufrankisch: Tasting Wines from Leithaberg, Austria

My first tastes of Austrian red wine were without context, and I will admit, not favorable. In tasting through the

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy: Current Releases

You don’t get very far in a journey towards being a wine lover without hearing the words “Romanée-Conti” spoken with

Napa’s Best Cabernet: Tasting at Premiere Napa Valley 2012

It looks like the California wine industry is officially out of the recession. Yesterday, at the annual Premiere Napa Valley