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Jamie Kutch

Evolving From Strength to Confidence: The Wines of Jamie Kutch

I have written about the wines of Jamie Kutch several times here on Vinography. This is due, in part, to

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 King of Zweigelt: The Wines of Umathum, Burgenland

Austria, for good reasons, continues to be better known around the world for its white wines than its reds. It’s

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

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

Penché Winery, Napa: Recent Releases

As you might imagine, I get sent a lot of Cabernet from Napa. At first I eagerly anticipated the arrival

Garagiste Winemakers of Chile: Introducing MOVI

If I were Hugh Johnson or Jancis Robinson, I could clear my throat and begin my story with a distinguished

2007 Smith Madrone Riesling, Spring Mountain District, Napa

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

California’s Best Boutique Wines: Tasting Family Winemakers 2009

For those unfamiliar, Family Winemakers is a marketing association that represents family owned wineries throughout California. By virtue of its

Patz & Hall Winery, Napa: Current Releases

The story of two friends drinking late into the evening and fantasizing of one day owning their own winery has

Family Winemakers Tasting 2009: August 23, San Francisco

in San Francisco has as one of its many claims to fame that it is the single largest tasting of

Marin County Pinot Noir Tasting: June 13, Larkspur

Most of the major appellations of California tend to have their own large tastings, where members of the public have

Flowers Winery, Sonoma Coast: Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs

I love the places where wine grows in spite of the adversity heaped upon it by the place, the climate,

Peay Vineyards, Sonoma Coast: Current Releases

As a wine reviewer who gets paid next to nothing for his work, I have the luxury of only reviewing

2005 Peacock Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District, Napa

I have a hard spot in my heart for peacocks. Spending summers with my father in Sonoma County as a

Chikurin Karoyaka “Lightness” Junmai Ginjo, Okayama Prefecture

In many ways, sake production and winemaking couldn’t be more different — from the chemistry to the differences in how

New Cabernets from Napa

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist or an exploratory marine biologist. I had dreams of

Williams Selyem, Russian River Valley: Pinot Noir Current Releases

Great wineries not only make great wines, they do so consistently. This year-in-year-out maintenance of quality can prove quite difficult,

Merry Edwards Wines, Russian River Valley: Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs

Meredith “Merry” Edwards drives an SUV with a license plate that matches the title on her business card: Reina de

The Best Italian Wines: Tasting Tre Bicchieri 2009

I pride myself on my broad tastes in wine. I like wine from everywhere, and don’t believe I have a

2005 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa

I’ve been drinking wine for more than 30% of my life at this point, taking notes on wine for ten

2007 Cooper Mountain Vineyards “20th Anniversary Reserve” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

One of the great pleasures of wine appreciation will always be the process of tasting the wine of a single

Crackpots, Wackos, Nutjobs and Wine: a Winning Combination.

Some of the best wines I’ve ever had in my life seem to have one strange thing in common. They

Alfred Gratien Champagne, Epernay, France: Current Releases

The more good Champagne I have, the more it seems to me that you really get what you pay for.

Two Hands Wine, Barossa, Australia: Current Releases

One of the things I love about the wine world is the way in which it rewards people with vision,

2002 Bressan “Special Bottling” Pinot Nero, Friuli, Italy

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

Cadaretta Winery, Walla Walla, WA: Current Releases

I make it my habit to pay attention to new, small wineries. Generally that means seeking them out at public

2005 Hughes-Wellman Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Good wine is rarely made by accident. So much can go wrong in the winemaking process that to get something

2005 Piña Napa Valley “D’Adamo Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

If one were to speculate on the wine market as a savvy investor might in the small-cap stock market, the