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From a visit to one of my favorite wineries, Gargiulo Vineyards.
  • Lovely Young Sauternes From a Historic Producer

    October 21, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Château Suduiraut Château Suduiraut traces its roots back to 1580 through the marriage of Nicole d’Allard to Léonard de Suduiraut. Though the estate was destroyed during the Fronde civil wars of the mid 1600s, the current château was rebuilt later on but still during the 17th century. During the late 18th century, the… Read more

  • Everyday Drinking Syrah

    October 17, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: The Paring I previously wrote about The Paring when I reviewed their 2015 Red Blend, but I wanted to revisit the brand for the Syrah today. The Paring is like a “little sister” to Jonata and The Hilt, both wineries I wrote about previously, and is produced from blocks that are either too… Read more

  • Fresh, Vibrant, and Fun Coastal Chardonnay

    October 16, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Lady of the Sunshine Lady of the Sunshine was established in 2017 by Gina Hildebrand with a focus on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards in California’s Central Coast. Gina grew an appreciation and passion for wine growing up thanks to spending a lot of time at… Read more

  • Easy to Find Everyday Rioja

    October 15, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Bodegas Faustino Bodegas Faustino is a large, family-owned winery established in 1861 by Eleuterio Martínez Arzok in Oyón, Spain. Eleuterio purchased the manor house and existing vineyards of the property with a plan of producing wine and ramping up bulk production and improving quality over time. Around 1920, Faustino Martínez Pérez de Albéniz… Read more

  • Complex Primitivo From a Lesser-Known Region

    October 14, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Agricola Felline Felline was established during the 1990s by the Perrucci family in Manduria of the Puglia (Apulia) region of Italy. Under the leadership of Gregory Perrucci, Felline is a champion of older native Italian varieties such as Primitivo, Negramaro, Ottavianello, Malvasia Nera, and Sussumaniello. Though these older varieties and many wines coming… Read more

  • Great Value Italian Syrah

    October 13, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Tenimenti d’Alessandro Tenimenti d’Alessandro was established in 1967 by the d’Alessandro family when they acquired property in Manzano near Cortona in south-east Tuscany. Today the estate consists of about 30 hectares of certified organic vineyards, which are planted to Syrah, Viognier, and Sangiovese. During the 1980s, Tenimenti d’Alessandro experimented with a number of… Read more

  • Delightful Oregon Chardonnay With Burgundian Flair

    October 12, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Lingua Franca Lingua Franca was established in 2015 by Master Sommelier Larry Stone and his partners Dominique Lafon and winemaker Thomas Savre. Lafon is a legend of Burgundy in his own right, and his protégé Thomas Savre has many impressive names on his resume as well. Larry purchased Janzen Farm, which would become… Read more

  • Checking in on the Outstanding 2005 Bordeaux Vintage

    October 11, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Château Lynch-Bages Château Lynch-Bages is a historic Bordeaux wine estate established in 1749 by Thomas Lynch and his wife Elizabeth. In actuality, Thomas inherited the property itself through his marriage to Elizabeth. The estate was passed to their son Jean-Baptiste in 1779 upon his marriage, with Lynch-Bages remaining in the family until 1824… Read more

  • Beautiful and Opulent Right Bank Bordeaux

    October 10, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Vieux Château Certan Vieux Château Certan (VCC) is a preeminent Bordeaux wine estate established in the mid-1700s in Pomerol on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Though the early years are somewhat murky, the estate was founded by Jean Demay de Certan and the château itself traces to around 1770. Back then, the wines were bottled… Read more

  • Young but Delicious Single Cru Barbaresco at a Great Value

    October 9, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Produttori del Barbaresco I previously wrote about Produttori del Barbaresco, one of my favorite Barbaresco producers for wine that won’t break the bank, when I reviewed the 2016 Barbaresco. To recap: Produttori del Barbaresco was established in 1958 when, during widespread poverty of the 1950s, a priest in the village of Barbaresco gathered… Read more

  • Young but Immensely Promising Puligny-Montrachet

    September 25, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils The history of Domaine Bernard Moreau began in 1809 when Auguste Moreau built a cellar near the Champs Gain vineyard for ease when farming his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It wasn’t until the 1930s, however, under Marcel Moreau that the family’s holdings started to grow exponentially. For instance,… Read more

  • Restrained Carignan From Mendocino County

    September 10, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: LIOCO Wine Company LIOCO Wine Company was established in 2005 by Kevin O’Connor and Matt Licklider. Kevin is a former Wine Director of Spago Beverly Hills and Matt is a wine importer and salesman by trade, but the two desired to create wines that are not as heavy-handed as many modern offerings but… Read more

  • Sky-High Quality From a Regional Pinot Noir

    September 8, 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. I previously wrote about Paul and his winery’s history in The Steve Jobs of Wine when I reviewed the 2015 Katherine Lindsay Estate Pinot Noir, but… Read more

  • Sonoma Hillsides Syrah Reminiscent of Northern Rhône

    September 7, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Pax Mahle Wines Pax Mahle Wines was established in 2000 by Pax and Pam Mahle with a focus on Syrah and more “esoteric” varieties that can thrive in the cooler climate vineyards of Sonoma County and Mendocino. Pax and Pam moved to California wine country in 1997, though after a few years with… Read more

  • Refreshing Sauvignon Blanc for the Last Days of Summer

    September 6, 2020 by

    My Apologies… Before I jump into today’s story, I would like to apologize for the lack of wine content lately. The work from home life has caused the demands of my “day job” to rise (thanks to my desk being about 6 feet from my bed) and has eaten into the time I can spend… Read more

  • Outstanding Effort in a Tough Vintage

    August 5, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Château Montrose I previously wrote about Château Montrose when I reviewed the 2016 La Dame de Montrose in Incredible Value in a Second Wine, but I wanted to revisit the estate for the “Grand Vin.” Château Montrose is a historical Bordeaux wine estate located in Saint-Estèphe and established in 1815 by Etienne Théodore Dumoulin… Read more

  • One of My Favorite Valpolicella’s

    July 24, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Dal Forno Romano Dal Forno Romano is a family-owned and operated estate winery established in 1983 in Val D’Illasi by Romano Dal Forno. Though the winery is relatively new (built in 1990), the Dal Forno family has owned the property where their vineyards sit for four generations and produced wines previously for the… Read more

  • Opulent Pinot Noir From One of California’s Most Famous Vineyards

    July 22, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Bien Nacido Vineyards Bien Nacido Vineyards traces its history to 1969 when brothers Bob and Steve Miller (whose family had been farming in California since 1871) acquired what they thought was an ideal plot of land to plant vineyards. Bien Nacido, as the vineyard was named, was planted by 1973 (the first vintage)… Read more

  • Fantastic Representation of Albariño

    July 17, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: La Marea La Marea is a very small wine label focused on Spanish varieties in the I. Brand & Family Wines portfolio. Established by Ian Brand and his wife Heather, I. Brand & Family Wines consists of the labels I. Brand & Family (California inspired wines), Le P’tit Paysan (French inspired wines), and… Read more

  • Fun, Pure, and Delicious Trousseau

    July 16, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Arnot-Roberts Arnot-Roberts is a boutique winery established in 2001 by Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts, two childhood friends who grew up together in Napa Valley. I previously wrote about them when I reviewed their 2016 Que Syrah Vineyard in Boutique Syrah for the Explorer, which I felt is a wine for those… Read more

  • Food Friendly Value Italian Red

    July 15, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Pasetti Pasetti is a family-owned estate and winery established by Silvestro Pasetti, now in its fifth generation of winegrowing and winemaking. Though Silvestro and later his son Rocco worked largely on planting vineyards and battling Phylloxera, third-generation Franco began producing his own wines during the 1960s. Franco prided himself on growing healthy and… Read more

  • Burgundian Pinot Noir From Willamette Valley

    July 14, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Cristom Vineyards Cristom Vineyards was founded in 1992 by Paul and Eileen Gerrie in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley. I previously wrote about them when I reviewed their 2016 Estate Viognier in Textbook New World Viognier and I am excited to explore one of their single vineyard Pinot Noirs today. Cristom… Read more

  • Gamay With a Mind Blowing Value Proposition

    July 13, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Marchand-Tawse Marchand-Tawse is a Burgundian négociant created through a collaboration between Pascal Marchand and Moray Tawse. Both Pascal and Moray are French Canadians, making their success in Burgundy somewhat unusual. Pascal Marchand comes from a background in wine (after working a few years as a merchant sailor on freighters in the Great Lakes),… Read more

  • Mouthwatering Single Vineyard Chardonnay

    July 10, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Rivers-Marie Last week I enjoyed the 2015 Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir from Rivers-Marie so much that I decided to revisit the producer for a Chardonnay. To recap from my post last week, Rivers-Marie is a family-owned winery established in 2002 by husband and wife duo Thomas Rivers Brown and Genevieve Marie Welsh.… Read more

  • Another Delicious Bottling From Jolie-Laide

    July 8, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Jolie-Laide Today I return to another bottling from Jolie-Laide, a boutique winery established by Scott Schultz in Forestville, CA that I have written about several times already. If you missed my prior posts, my review of the 2016 Provisor Vineyard Grenache linked here contains the most in-depth background on Jolie-Laide and Scott, and… Read more

  • One of California’s Most Famous Cult Pinot Noirs

    July 6, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Marcassin Vineyards Marcassin Vineyards is an incredibly small “cult” winery established by Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer in 1990. Focusing entirely on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Marcassin produces around 2,500 to 3,000 cases of wine annually and a large majority goes to mailing list customers (with the waiting list said to… Read more

  • Gorgeous Rioja Blanco

    July 4, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: R. López de Heredia I previously wrote about R. López de Heredia, one of my favorite producers in Rioja, when I reviewed the 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva in One of My Favorite Rioja Producers Does It Again. LdH is a family-run winery established in 1877 by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta after… Read more

  • Rockstar Single Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot

    July 2, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Rivers-Marie Rivers-Marie is a family-owned winery established in 2002 by husband and wife duo Thomas Rivers Brown and Genevieve Marie Welsh. Thomas is well-known throughout California winemaking thanks to his consulting practices and winemaking stints with names like Schrader, Maybach, and Outpost, however Rivers-Marie is a personal project born in Pinot Noir. Working… Read more

  • Middle Tier People Pleaser From Napa Valley

    July 1, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: HALL Wines HALL Wines is a family owned and operated winery established by Kathryn and Craig Hall in the Napa Valley. The Halls purchased the Sacrashe Vineyard in Rutherford in 1995, though did not open a winery there until a grand opening in 2005. In between, however, the Halls acquired the Bergfeld Winery… Read more

  • Refreshing and Fun White From Santorini

    June 30, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Estate Argyros Estate Argyros was established in 1903 on the island of Santorini and today is run by fourth generation winemaker Matthew Argyros. The estate consists of 120 hectares with vines averaging 70 years old, all of which are ungrafted (original rootstock) thanks to the island’s inorganic soil providing immunity to Phylloxera. All… Read more

  • Beautiful and Traditional Napa Cab

    June 28, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Mayacamas Vineyards Mayacamas was established in 1889 by German immigrant John Henry Fisher and is located in the Mt. Veeder AVA of the Napa Valley. Fisher went bankrupt in the early 1900s, however, and the winery ceased production with the onset of Prohibition (although bootleggers are said to have made wine in the… Read more

  • Unique Grenache That Drinks Almost Like a Rosé

    June 27, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Whitcraft Winery I wrote about Whitcraft a few days ago when reviewing the 2016 Pence Ranch Clone 828 Pinot Noir, so I’ll make your Saturday reading light and move onto the tasting notes. If you missed my post about Whitcraft earlier this week, you can find it here. Today’s Wine: 2018 Stolpman Vineyard… Read more

  • Clean, Honest, and Burgundian Cali Pinot Noir

    June 26, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Ceritas Wines Ceritas Wines is a small, family-owned winery spearheaded by husband and wife duo John and Phoebe Raytek. John and Phoebe source their fruit from trusted vintners mainly in the West Sonoma Coast and Santa Cruz Mountains, with all sites practicing sustainable or organic viticulture. John is highly involved in the vineyards… Read more

  • Refreshing and Well-Made Bourgogne Aligoté

    June 25, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet I previously wrote about Jean-Claude Ramonet when I reviewed the 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jean in Exploring a Red From a Legendary Producer of White Burgundy. Domaine Ramonet was established in Chassagne-Montrachet in the late 1920s by Pierre Ramonet, and quickly became one of the preeminent producers of white Burgundy.… Read more

  • Beautifully Honest Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

    June 24, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Whitcraft Winery Whitcraft is a small, family-owned and operated winery in Santa Barbara, CA known for their traditionally made and “unadulterated” Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Established in 1985 by Chris and Kathleen (Barnato) Whitcraft, the winery started as a passion for both the craft of winemaking and the lifestyle. Chris learned from California… Read more

  • Outstanding Traditional Rosso di Montalcino

    June 23, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Biondi-Santi (Tenuta Greppo) Biondi-Santi (Tenuta Greppo) traces its roots to the mid-1800s when Clemente Santi realized the immense promise of the land and vineyards in the heart of Montalcino. A writer with a profound knowledge of chemistry, Clemente set about crafting wines built for long-term aging and utilized racking and barrel aging techniques… Read more

  • Rasteau That Unfortunately Does Not Live Up to the Hype

    June 20, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine Gourt de Mautens Domaine Gourt de Mautens was established by Jérôme Bressy in 1996 and is located in Rasteau of Southern Rhône. Though Bressy’s family owned vineyards in Rasteau for some time, the small AOC was not incredibly well-known. Jérôme’s father Yves converted his vineyards to organic viticulture in 1989 which allowed… Read more

  • Incredible Quality Just Outside Ribera del Duero

    June 19, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Galia Galia was established in 2009 as a personal project of vigneron Jérôme Bougnaud with the partnership of Daniel García-Pita of El Regajal. Though Jérôme comes from a lineage of winemakers in Cognac, France, he works extensively in Spain and particularly along the Duero River and just outside the official borders of Ribera… Read more

  • Fun and Delicious Grower Champagne

    June 13, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Domaine Francis Orban Domaine Francis Orban was established in 1929 by Léopold Orban in the small village of Leuvrigny, not too far from Epernay. Though Léopold initially sold his fruit to the larger houses of Epernay, he decided to branch out and make his own wines as one of the first Grower Champagne… Read more

  • Outstanding Value With a Long Life Ahead

    June 12, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Mastroberardino I previously wrote about Mastroberardino when I reviewed the 1968 Taurasi Riserva in An Italian Legend early this year. 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… Read more

  • Tasty Gewurztraminer From Centuries of Tradition

    June 9, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Maison Trimbach Maison Trimbach is one of the most notable winemakers in Alsace, established in 1626 by Jean Trimbach. Today Trimbach is under the guidance of Hubert Trimbach and his nephews Jean and Pierre, rounding out 12 generations of family ownership and shared knowledge. Pierre’s daughter Anne, the oldest of the 13th generation,… Read more

  • Legendary Aged Barolo Just Past Its Prime

    June 8, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Borgogno is one of the most legendary, time-tested producers in Piedmont, producing Barolo since their founding by Bartolomeo Borgogno in 1761. Though the estate always produced quality wines, it was Cesare Borgogno who launched the estate to new heights when he took over in 1920 by exporting the wines… Read more

  • High Quality New Zealand Pinot Noir

    June 7, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Fromm Winery Fromm Winery was established in 1992 by Georg Fromm and winemaker Hätsch Kalberer, with the intent of producing European-styled wines of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer. The vineyards and wines are 100% organic, and Fromm believes in allowing the fruit and terroir to speak… Read more

  • Outstanding Napa Sauvignon Blanc

    June 6, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Lail Vineyards Lail Vineyards was established in 1995 by Robin Daniel Lail, though her family’s history of winemaking in Napa Valley spans much further back in time. Robin is the great-grandniece of Captain Gustave Niebaum who founded Inglenook Vineyards in 1879, and his dedication to quality not only yielded some of the greatest… Read more

  • Incredible QPR From Chianti Classico

    June 5, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Castello di Monsanto Castello di Monsanto is a family-owned estate and winery in the Barberino Tavarnelle municipality of Chianti Classico. Aldo Bianchi was born in San Gimignano, however he left before WWII to seek opportunities in northern Italy. When Aldo visited Chianti again, however, he fell in love with Castello di Monsanto and… Read more

  • Powerful Zinfandel-Based Blend From Sonoma County

    June 4, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Wine Co. was established in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson in a converted chicken coop in his friend’s backyard. Though Bedrock has grown over the years, Morgan stays true to a mission of working with respected growers throughout the state of California in preserving and breathing new life into old… Read more

  • Traditional Brunello di Montalcino for a Great Value

    June 3, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Fattoria dei Barbi Fattoria dei Barbi is a historic estate in Montalcino, founded in 1790 by the Colombini family who were one of the region’s most influential and noble families. Though they established Barbi in 1790, the family owned land in Montalcino dating back to 1352 and first built Poggio alle Mura (now… Read more

  • Textbook New World Viognier

    June 1, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Cristom Vineyards Cristom Vineyards was founded in 1992 by Paul and Eileen Gerrie in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley. Established out of an appreciation of winemaking, the land, and Burgundy’s concept of terroir, Cristom is known for their estate Pinor Noirs. Cristom consists of eight estate vineyards totaling just over… Read more

  • Tasty Bordeaux Blend to Broaden Your Palate

    May 31, 2020 by

    Today’s Story: Viñas de la Erre Viñas de la Erre is a family owned and operated winery established in Valle de Guadalupe in 2009. The Erre family acquired the Hacienda San Martín Caballero back in 1985, however it functioned mostly as a family farm and way for the family to expand their legacy in Guadalupe.… Read more

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