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From a visit to one of my favorite wineries, Gargiulo Vineyards.
  • An Italian Legend

    February 17, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Mastroberardino Mastroberardino is a family-operated winery founded in 1878 in Atripalda within the Provincia di Avellino in the Campania region of southern Italy. While widely known for their production of Taurasi DOCG, Mastroberardino further cemented themselves into Italian viticultural history through tireless efforts to identify and protect native ancient varieties in Campania, particularly… Read more

  • An Italian Great

    February 16, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Marchesi Antinori and Tenuta Tignanello Marchesi Antinori traces its roots to 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri (Florentine Winemakers’ Guild) and the family has been making wine since through 26 generations. I recently reviewed one of the family’s other wines, the 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello… Read more

  • Textbook Small-Lot Syrah

    February 15, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Nicora Wines Nicora Wines was established by Nick Elliott and its name is a combination of his own name and his great-grandfather’s name, Ora. Nick’s great-grandfather utilized his entrepreneurial spirit to turn a passion into his own business, which inspired Nick to follow his own dream of creating a winery. No stranger to… Read more

  • Value Argentinian Malbec

    February 14, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Anko Anko (which means “high water” in the native Indian language of Salta, Argentina) is a small winery founded in 2008 by Fernando Saavedra Jr. and his father in mountainous northwestern Argentina. Along with Anko’s winemaker Alejandro (Colo) Sejanovich, Fernando strives to create terroir-driven Malbecs that display the unique growing conditions of Salta,… Read more

  • Revisiting an Old Friend

    February 13, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Gargiulo Vineyards Gargiulo is a small, family-owned winery in Oakville, Napa Valley that produces about 3,400 cases of wine each year from two vineyards. Owners Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo bought their first vineyard, Money Road Ranch, in 1992 to fulfill their winemaking dream, adding to the property in 1997 by purchasing the 575… Read more

  • Velvety Smooth Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    February 12, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Davies Vineyards Davies Vineyards is one of the most storied wineries in the Napa Valley, tracing their roots back to 1862 when Jacob Schram purchased 200 acres and began developing hillside vineyards. The winery, at the time called Schramsberg, greatly ramped up production by the late 1800s and proved a success, however after… Read more

  • A Friend of Henri Jayer Is a Friend of Mine

    February 11, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine Philippe Charlopin Domaine Philippe Charlopin was established by Philippe when he purchased his first vines in Gevrey-Chambertin in 1978. The son of a vigneron who rented vines rather than owned his own, Philippe comes from humble beginnings and started his own career as a vigneron-ouvrier in 1977. Throughout his early years, Philippe… Read more

  • Chianti Classico for a Remarkable Value

    February 10, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Marchesi Antinori Marchesi Antinori traces its roots to 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri (Florentine Winemakers’ Guild) and the family has been making wine since through 26 generations. While the historic epicenter of the Antinori “empire” rests in Tuscany and Umbria, over time the family purchased vineyards… Read more

  • Unique Blend from Walla Walla

    February 9, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: K Vintners K Vintners was established by Charles Smith as his first winery in December 2001. Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla, Washington, K Vintners produces small lot single vineyard Syrah and field blends of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viognier which are all picked by hand,… Read more

  • Yountville Hidden Gem

    February 8, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Kapcsàndy Family Winery Kapcsàndy Family Winery was established by Lou Kapcsàndy and is a small, family owned and operated estate in Yountville of the Napa Valley. An immigrant from Hungary, Lou arrived in the United States in 1956 and worked as a chemical engineer and manufacturer in the Bay Area of California and… Read more

  • Baby Grange

    February 7, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Penfolds Penfolds was founded in 1844 by Dr. Christopher Penfold, an English physician by trade, and his wife Mary. Penfolds is one of the oldest and most famous wineries in Australia, with the first vines planted by Dr. and Mrs. Penfold with cuttings they brought when they emigrated there. Over time Penfolds grew… Read more

  • Ridge Hits the Mark Again

    February 6, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Ridge Vineyards I’m traveling today, so I figured I would make this easy and review a wine whose backstory I shared earlier in History. Quality. Ridge. when I reviewed the 2015 GSM and Consistently Delicious Zin when I reviewed the 2012 Geyserville. If you are unfamiliar with this historic Californian wine estate, I… Read more

  • Fun Orange Wine for the Adventurous

    February 5, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Tre Monti Tre Monti was established in 1974 by Sergio and Thea Navacchia. Thea was a major driving force behind the winery throughout their inaugural decade-plus, and together with her husband Sergio became pioneers in a sense by planting large densities per hectare and experimenting with non-traditional vines. During the 1980s, the couple… Read more

  • Barolo That Won't Break the Bank

    February 4, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: G.D. Vajra G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 by Aldo Vaira and is named after his father Giuseppe Domenico. A few years earlier, in 1968 to be exact, Aldo joined a mass of student protestors in the streets of Turin however was discovered by his father and immediately sent to his grandparents’ farm… Read more

  • Pinot Noir From the Team Behind Far Niente

    February 3, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: EnRoute Winery EnRoute was founded in 2007 by the partners behind Far Niente Winery thanks to their passion for Pinot Noir. Since they stick to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at their Far Niente estate, the owners decided it best to create EnRoute in the Russian River Valley, an AVA within Sonoma County known… Read more

  • The Wine That Shocked the World

    February 2, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Chateau Montelena Chateau Montelena traces its roots back to 1882 when Alfred L. Tubbs purchased 254 acres of rugged land with the dream of turning it into vineyards. Tubbs first planted his vineyards before constructing the chateau in 1886 and bringing in a winemaker from France, and by 1896 the A.L. Tubbs Winery… Read more

  • Delightful South African Red

    February 1, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Paserene Paserene is a relatively new, small, and family operated winery founded by Martin Smith and Ndabe Mareda with the first vintage in 2013. The winery gets its name from the Latin word “Passeriformes”which is used to describe traveling birds including swifts and swallows, and Martin chose this name in homage of his… Read more

  • The Caymus of Pinot Noir

    January 31, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Belle Glos Belle Glos was established in 2001 by Joe Wagner, a fifth generation Napa Valley winemaker who grew up in the vineyards and worked alongside his father at Caymus Vineyards. With great admiration for Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, his grandmother and co-founder of Caymus Vineyards, Joe named his new endeavor in her… Read more

  • Powerful Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to Please Any Palate

    January 30, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Stags’ Leap Winery Stags’ Leap Winery was established in 1893 by Horace Chase and his wife Mary (Minnie) following Horace’s partnership with his uncle W. W. Thompson on procuring the land. Grapes were first planted on this property in 1872 by T.L. Grigsby of Occidental Winery (today it is known as Regusci Winery),… Read more

  • Promising Toro that Barely Misses the Mark Today

    January 29, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Bodega Teso la Monja Teso la Monja was founded in 2007 by Marcos and Miguel Angel Eguren, however the history of their family in Spanish winemaking stretches much deeper. The Eguren family has been cultivating vines and producing wine in Rioja Alavesa since 1870 and today carries their culminated knowledge down five generations.… Read more

  • Fun Bottling from BV

    January 28, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Beaulieu Vineyard Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the most historic wineries in Napa Valley, founded in 1900 by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande. I wrote about them previously in A Winery Synonymous with Napa Valley Itself when I reviewed the 2014 Tapestry Reserve, as well as in The Maestro when I reviewed… Read more

  • One of the Most Important Women in Wine

    January 27, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Merry Edwards Winery Merry Edwards Winery was established in 1997 by Merry Edwards and her husband Ken Coopersmith. However, Merry experienced quite a successful career before creating her namesake winery starting with her master’s degree in Food Science with an emphasis in Enology from UC Davis in 1973. After graduation, Merry fought to… Read more

  • Sonoma County Continues to Showcase Its Value

    January 26, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Cenyth Cenyth was established in 2009 as a collaboration between winemaker Hélène Seillan and musician/artist Julia Jackson (daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke). Hélène Seillan is the daughter of renowned winemaker Pierre Seillan, the man behind Vérité winemaking and their micro-cru philosophy, and the two of them work together at Vérité as… Read more

  • Quality Volnay Village

    January 25, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine Comte Armand Domaine Comte Armand (also known as Domaine des Epeneaux) was established in the late 18th century when Nicolas Marey took ownership of the 5 hectare monopole Clos des Epeneaux. In 1828, the property came into the Comte Armand family and Clos des Epeneaux remained the only source of their fruit… Read more

  • Yountville People Pleaser

    January 24, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Liparita Liparita was founded in 1880 by William Keyes, a geologist by trade who discovered remarkable soil for winegrowing on Howell Mountain. When Keyes established his winery, he named it Liparita in homage to Lipari Island off the coast of Sicily because the soils he planted his vines in reminded him of the… Read more

  • Buttery Surprise

    January 23, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Williams Selyem Williams Selyem is another winery with a homegrown, almost comical, origin story. During the 1970s, Burt Williams received several tons of free grapes from a grower with an abundance of fruit that would otherwise most likely go to waste. With his friend Ed Selyem, in 1979 the pair started making wine… Read more

  • Magnificent QPR for an Outstanding Albariño

    January 22, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Coto de Gomariz Coto de Gomariz is located in Ribeiro, a Spanish DO (Denominación de Origen) in the Avia River Valley in Galicia. Though Coto de Gomariz is proud to say they grow their vines in the oldest documented wine preserve in the Iberian Peninsula (it dates back to the 10th century), it… Read more

  • One of the Most Important Names in Burgundy

    January 21, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine Faiveley Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 as Maison Joseph Faiveley by Pierre Faiveley, a cobbler by trade who was also passionate about wine. Pierre worked his cobbler and wine merchant businesses side-by-side until the end of the 1840s when he decided to put all of his energy into the wine trade.… Read more

  • Beautiful Defiance

    January 20, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine de Trévallon Domaine de Trévallon as it exists today was established in 1950 when Jacqueline and René Dürrbach fell in love with Alpilles and purchased Mas Chabert and its adjacent property, Trévallon. Jacqueline was a French textile artist whose commissioned tapestry of Picasso’s Guernica by Nelson Rockefeller helped pay for the domaine, and… Read more

  • Outstanding Pommard from a Superb Vintage

    January 19, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine de Courcel I previously wrote about Domaine de Courcel in Rustic, Terroir-Driven Burgundy when I reviewed their 2009 Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers, though I will reproduce a brief history here and you can read my prior post for some additional notes on their winemaking processes. Domaine de Courcel was founded roughly… Read more

  • One of Spain's Most Exciting Wines

    January 18, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Envínate I previously wrote about Envínate in Vitality from Spain when I reviewed the 2018 Albahra, so today’s post will be short and sweet for your Saturday afternoon reading. If you haven’t read my prior post linked above, I recommend you do to discover the background of this incredible winery who is producing… Read more

  • Utterly Complex Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Franc

    January 17, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Jonata I previously wrote about Jonata twice, first in Why Wait for Screaming Eagle? when I reviewed the 2005 El Corazón de Jonata and then in Santa Ynez Sangiovese when I reviewed the 2010 Tierra. Long story short, if you haven’t read these prior posts, Jonata is owned by Stan Kroenke who also owns… Read more

  • Delicious Mourvèdre from Bandol

    January 16, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine de la Tour du Bon Domaine de la Tour du Bon traces its history back to 1925 when a couple purchased a working farm that consisted of vast countryside and olive trees. During the 1930s, the property hosted pigs, sheep, bees, fig and olive trees, and vines that would ultimately take over… Read more

  • Fun Carmenère for a Great Price

    January 15, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Viña Tarapacá Viña Tarapacá was founded in the Maipo Valley at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in 1874 by Don Francisco de Rojas y Salamanca, under the name Viñas de Rojas. A renowned winemaker, Don Francisco received his first wine accolade at Viñas de Rojas in 1875 (Silver Medal at the International… Read more

  • Burgundian Elegance in Oregon

    January 14, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Beaux Frères The groundwork for Beaux Frères occurred in the late 1980s when Michael Etzel discovered an 88 acre pig farm for sale on Ribbon Ridge in the Northern Willamette Valley, Oregon. Though he and his family lived in Colorado at the time, Michael decided to purchase the farm with brother-in-law Robert Parker… Read more

  • Value Cotes du Rhône

    January 13, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine de Coste Chaude Though the estate stretches further in history, Domaine de Coste Chaude as it exists today was remodeled during the 1960s and André Guichon, a wine merchant from Chambéry, bought it in 1969. The estate again changed hands in 1994 when it was purchased by the Fues family and they… Read more

  • Gotta Get That Money (Road)

    January 12, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Gargiulo Vineyards Gargiulo is a small, family-owned winery in Oakville, Napa Valley that produces about 3,400 cases of wine each year from two vineyards. Owners Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo bought their first vineyard, Money Road Ranch, in 1992 to fulfill their winemaking dream, adding to the property in 1997 by purchasing the 575… Read more

  • Utterly Elegant, Aged Bordeaux

    January 11, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Château Léoville Las Cases Château Léoville Las Cases is a historical Bordeaux estate rated as a Second Growth (Deuxième Cru) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Though the estate used to be much larger and is one of the oldest in the Médoc, it was split up between 1826 and 1840 as… Read more

  • Historical Châteauneuf-du-Pape – for a Great Value!

    January 10, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Château La Nerthe Château La Nerthe was established in 1560 by the Tulle de Villefranche family, though they had lived in Avignon since the 14th century. Located in the Provence region in southeast France, Château La Nerthe sits about 80km north of Marseille and occupies 92 hectares of vines in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.… Read more

  • Remarkably Profound Oregon Pinot Noir

    January 9, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Antica Terra Antica Terra was established in 2005 by Scott Adelson, John Mavredakis, and Michael Kramer, three friends and partners who had collaborated before and dreamed of owning a vineyard together. This being said, vines were first planted in 1989 on the property, an 11 acre vineyard on pre-historic seabed in the Eola-Amity… Read more

  • Baby BOND

    January 8, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Mascot Wine Mascot Wine was “founded” in 2008 with their first commercial release, however this wine was produced by Will Harlan years beforehand to be shared with family and friends. The Mascot started as Will’s personal experiment, born from the youngest vines of Harlan Estate, Promontory, and BOND when he convinced the winemaking… Read more

  • Nobility in Piedmont

    January 7, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Cordero di Montezemolo The Cordero di Montezemolo winery traces its roots to 1340, however the Cordero di Montezemolo family is of Spanish origin and did not settle in Piedmont until the mid-1400s. Though the family has deep roots in Piedmont, they did not find foundation in wine but rather in printing/typesetting businesses as… Read more

  • A Fierce and Violent Storm

    January 6, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Realm Cellars Realm Cellars was founded in 2002 with a focus on producing high-quality, limited production Bordeaux blend and single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. I previously wrote about them back on October 23, 2019 in “This Blessed Plot, This Earth…” when reviewing the 2016 The Bard. For further details on their wines, inspiration… Read more

  • Young and Exciting NorCal Pinot Noir

    January 5, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Trail Marker Wine Co. Trail Marker Wine Co. was founded in 2012 by Drew Huffine and Emily Virgil, a husband and wife duo. Drew originally studied English during his undergraduate and Masters programs, however after working for the Colorado Wine Company and being encouraged by Kent Humphrey of Eric Kent Wines to work… Read more

  • The Steve Jobs of Wine

    January 4, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Paul Hobbs Winery Paul Hobbs Winery was founded in 1991 by Paul Hobbs with his initial release of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon from purchased fruit. Paul grew up in upstate New York on a working family farm and orchard, so one could say agriculture was in his blood from an early… Read more

  • The Beginning of Modern Winemaking in Napa Valley

    January 3, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Heitz Wine Cellars Heitz Cellars was founded in 1961 by Joe and Alice Heitz with the purchase of a small 8.5 acre vineyard planted to Grignolino in the Napa Valley. Joe was previously enlisted in the US Air Force during World War II, though afterwards he started taking classes at UC Davis in… Read more

  • The World's Most Famous Champagne

    January 2, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Louis Roederer Louis Roederer is based in Reims, France and was founded in 1776, though the estate did not achieve its namesake until 1833 when Louis Roederer inherited the Champagne house from his uncle. During the mid-1800s, Louis took a visionary approach by overseeing and mastering every stage of his wine’s creation while… Read more

  • Diamond Mountain Perfection

    January 1, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Lokoya Lokoya was founded in 1995 by wine industry visionary Jess Jackson. Though Jackson had a well-established portfolio of wineries beginning with Kendall-Jackson in 1974, he established Lokoya to produce four distinct bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the Napa Valley’s most famous mountain appellations. 24 years later, Lokoya produces some of… Read more

  • Striking [Red] Oil in the Russian River Valley

    December 31, 2019 by

    Today’s Story: Twomey Cellars Twomey Cellars was founded in 1999 by Ray Duncan and his son David following Ray’s successful founding of Silver Oak Cellars in 1972. Though Ray’s background is in oil entrepreneurship (he founded Duncan Oil in Colorado), he started buying land in the Napa and Alexander Valleys during the 1970s with the… Read more

  • The Maestro

    December 30, 2019 by

    Today’s Story: Beaulieu Vineyard Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the most historic wineries in Napa Valley, founded in 1900 by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande. I previously wrote about their history in A Winery Synonymous with Napa Valley Itself back on December 8, and if you are unfamiliar with the winery or their history… Read more

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