Category: White Wine

Vinoptima: Too Much of a Good Thing

There’s no doubt that wine is romantic, and that this romance inspires and motivates consumers and producers alike, especially in

Vinography Unboxed: Week of April 8, 2018

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

Why Aren’t There More Central Otago Chardonnays?

Most wine lovers have heard a thing or two about Central Otago Pinot Noir. Found at the bottom of New

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

50 Years of American Sparkling Wine: The Schramsberg Odyssey

The famous sign that welcomes the world to Napa Valley hosts a quote by author Robert Louis Stevenson: “…and the

The Brilliance of Canadian Chardonnay

Less than an hour from Buffalo, New York, some of the best Chardonnay I’ve tasted in years is being made,

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

California Chardonnay According to David Ramey

“Some people say, ‘Why shouldn’t California Chardonnay be something else entirely, instead of like the whites of Burgundy’ and there’s

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

From the Quiet Garden: The Wines of Pichler-Krutzler, Wachau, Austria

Winemaker Erich Krutzler has carried a lot of baggage in his life. At 46 he is still a relatively young

The Great White South: An Introduction to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

One of the world’s greatest white wines is also one of its least known. The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape generally cross

Coastal Diamonds: The Rieslings of Oregon

About every two years, I get an invite to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The

Weingut Veyder-Malburg, Wachau, Austria: Current Releases

In Austria’s Wachau valley, it’s hard to pay attention to what winemakers tell you, especially when they’re talking with you

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

The Doctor is In: A Visit with the Mosel’s Dr. Loosen

Winding your way along the German Moselstrasse, tucked in between the curves of the river that the highway mirrors, and

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

Weingut Fritz Haag, Mosel, Germany: Current Releases

The Mosel River placidly winds its way from the heart of Germany to the northwest on its journey to join

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

Tasting the Stars of Trento: A Vertical Tasting of Cantine Ferrari

At the turn of the 20th century, people everywhere set their dreams adrift in the currents of a new era,

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

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

New Zealand and a Tale of Two Grapes

When you don’t have two thousand years of history proving which grapes grow best in your soils, how do you

Hawkes Bay Chardonnay Versus the World

Hello from the land of the Kiwi. As some of you know, I’m down here at the bottom of the

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

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

Treasure in the Hills: Tasting Oregon’s Rieslings

“Pssst. Hey buddy. Wanna taste some Riesling?” said the shadowy figure in the trench coat from behind a tree. I

Weingut Franz Hirtzberger, Wachau, Austria: Current Releases

Standing at the edge of the Danube on a cold spring day, gazing at darkening clouds above the picturesque church

Weingut Fred Loimer, Kamptal, Austria: Current Releases

“This can’t be the way, there’s nothing out here,” I hear myself saying as my traveling companion and I dutifully

Zoltan Demeter, Tokaj, Hungary: Current Releases

It’s hard to fathom what it must be like to have the world change beneath your feet overnight. When the

Weingut Nikolaihof, Wachau, Austria: Current Releases

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

Schloss Gobelsburg, Kamptal, Austria: Current Releases

It seems like they have always been there. For centuries, the monks have been rooted as firmly as their grape

Weingut Veyder-Malberg, Wachau, Austria: Current Releases

In Austria’s Wachau valley, it’s hard to pay attention to what winemakers tell you, especially when they’re talking with you

Weingut Nigl, Kremstal, Austria: Current Releases

If you begin in the medieval town of Krems, and turn your back on the Danube to instead follow the

2010 Grgich Hills Estate “Fume Blanc” Sauvignon Blanc, Napa

Visitors to Napa Valley, even those on their first trip, have a hard time missing the Grgich Hills winery, which

The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria’s Ruster Ausbruch Wines

It’s hard to imagine an age when wine might have literally been seen as treasure. Certainly those of us with

Weinlaubenhof Kracher, Burgenland, Austria: Current Releases

When it comes to dessert wines, most people have heard of Sauternes or ice wine (location unspecific). Perhaps some have

2006 Peay Vineyards Roussane/Marsanne Blend, Sonoma Coast

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