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From a visit to one of my favorite wineries, Gargiulo Vineyards.

Bourgogne Blanc of Exceptional Quality at a Great Price

Today’s Story: Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey To say Pierre-Yves Colin was a rising star turned legend in Chassagne-Montrachet over the last decade or so might be an understatement. Pierre-Yves started working with his father Marc Colin (the Burgundian legend in his own right) in 1994 and became winemaker until the 2005 vintage when he decided to branch … Continue reading “Bourgogne Blanc of Exceptional Quality at a Great Price”

Young but Incredibly Promising Riesling From One of Saar’s Great Names

Today’s Story: Weingut Peter Lauer Weingut Peter Lauer is a very highly regarded producer of German Riesling in the Mosel’s Saar region, and it has been in the Lauer family since 1830. Today the estate is run by fifth generation Florian Lauer who took over in 2006, but his father Peter remains involved in the … Continue reading “Young but Incredibly Promising Riesling From One of Saar’s Great Names”

Syrah With an Incredible Sense of Place but Missing a Few Key Components

Today’s Story: Marie et Pierre Bénetière Marie et Pierre Bénetière is a very small family-owned and operated wine estate located in the Northern Rhône appellation of Condrieu. As a native of Condrieu, Pierre developed a love and passion for Viognier at a young age and set his sights on making wine for a career. Pierre’s … Continue reading “Syrah With an Incredible Sense of Place but Missing a Few Key Components”

A Fun New Variety for Me

Today’s Story: Ciavolich Ciavolich is a historic winery situated in the town of Miglianico in Italy’s Chieti provence, and they are dedicated to the indigenous varieties of Passerina, Cococciola, Pecorino, Trebbiano, and Montepulciano. The Ciavolich family traces their roots back to about 1500 when they were wool merchants of Bulgarian origin, though they migrated to … Continue reading “A Fun New Variety for Me”

Rather Youthful Showing for a Historic Port at 36 Years of Age

Today’s Story: Dow’s Port Dow’s is one of the most highly-regarded producers of Port, with the family-owned house tracing its roots back to the year 1798. Bruno da Silva, who was a Portuguese merchant from Oporto, moved to London and created a wine importing business concentrated on the Port trade from his native land. He … Continue reading “Rather Youthful Showing for a Historic Port at 36 Years of Age”


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