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Vinessens 2016 “La Casica del Abuelo” Alicante

Vinessens is a small family-owned winery located in Spain's Valencia wine region. This particular bottle comes from the sub-region of Alicante and is sourced largely from a vineyard of 80-year-old Monastrell vines.  This is the type of Spanish wine that is so...

Julia’s Dazzle 2017 Pinot Gris Rose, Columbia Valley

Don't judge this wine by its bottle.  This is the type of packaging I'd expect for a White Zinfandel geared towards functional alcoholics that sell bedazzled dog leashes on Esty.  This is not such a wine: it's a project by winemaker Gilles Nicaul of Long Shadows...

Castelli del Grevepesa 2015 “Clemente VII” Chianti Classico

This tale starts with our protagonist leaving their sylvan homestead in search of their destiny. With an eye to making their mark in the world, they make their way to a sprawlingly romantic city on a hill.  After trials and tribulations, they succeed, but not in a way...

10 Tips For Food and Wine Pairings

Eating what you like with a glass of your favorite wine is a great idea; eating should be a pleasure. But food and wine pairings are not a solitary affair. When was the last time you saw a restaurant full of people eating alone? For most of us, it is a shared...

The Six Worst Food and Wine Pairings

  We learn from failure, not from success. And although food and wine pairings are subjective, and depend on the peoples’ taste and preference, some mismatches simply feel odd. A good pairing brings out the best in food, wine, or both; a bad one can easily do the...

Domaine Vetriccie 2017 White, Ile De Beaute

About Domaine Vetriccie Corsica is an interesting place. It's an Italian island off the coast of Tuscany, but it's a French territory.  The province  often seems like a hybrid between the two cultures. It's been a French municipality since the late 18th Century, but...

Italian Food and Wine Pairings

Italian food is beloved everywhere. Because of that, you will see sommeliers pairing Italian dishes with wine from nearly every country in the world. A good Chilean Sauvignon Blanc will match beautifully with minestrone, and an Oregon Pinot Noir tastes amazing with...

German Food and Wine Pairings

  In today's global economy, gastronomy is beyond generalizations.  No cuisine can be justly profiled with a list of a few traditional dishes. Like cultures, cuisines evolve, influenced by trends and new ideas. Germany is no stranger to the modern culinary...

Zenato 2015 Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore

Zenato Overview Alberto Zenato is the kind of guy who spends a day at a tiny Canadian winery because the elderly winemaker --a stranger with terminal cancer-- loves his wines. Alberto is a second-generation winemaker, taking the reigns from his father Sergio in 2008....

Wine School Newsletter #2736

Wine School Newsletter #2736 A few interesting classes are coming up. Let's start with the Great Ciders of the World. This is where some of the craziest, most interesting fermentaionalists are casting their black magic these days. It's time to get up to speed, all you...

Tenshen 2016 White, Central Coast

The Tenshen Overview Tenshen is a side project by two industry vets. Joey Tensley (Tensley Wines, Carina Cellars, Santa Ema) and  Alex Guarachi (Guarachi Family Wines, Guarachi Wine Partners) have been releasing Rhone-style blends under this label since 2014. When I...

Bodega Pujanza 2015 “Hado” Rioja

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza There is a solar system of wineries rotating around the ancient walled city of Laguardia in Alavesa, Rioja. At the outer limits is the massive Calatrava-designed Bodega Ysios.    The inner rings of wineries include Artadi and Palacio and...

Santa Julia 2017 “Magna” Red, Uco Valley

José Zuccardi's is the director of Argentina's Familia Zuccardi winery. We've reviewed their wines in the past. In the 1990s, he developed a new brand, Santa Julia, which was named after his only daughter. They do keep it in the family: his son Sebastián is the...

Chateau St. Jean 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma County

The American love of Chardonnay started in the 1960s with Chassagne-Montrachet: the elegant and beautiful white wines from that Chardonnay sweet spot in Burgundy, France.  When winemakers in Napa and Sonoma were looking for inspiration for a white wine, they cast...

Bersano 2012 “Badarina” Barolo

Bersano has the largest acreage of any private winery in the Italian Piedmont. Founded in the 19th Century, Bersano originally produced wine solely in the Asti province. Over the years, they now have 230HA  of vineyards, including properties in both Barolo...

Holiday Wine Guide 2018

I've included my holiday wine selections below. If you're thinking of a wine-soaked holiday season, I'd also like to recommend a few of our wine classes, as well. I just released our Top Wines of 2018 class. I intentionally left it off the front page until now, so our...

Rotie Cellars 2013 “Northern Blend” Red, Walla Walla

Eventually, Walla Walla is going to crush Napa Valley. It's not just climate change, it's the culture of the place. Rotie Cellars is a case in point. I've never seen winemaker/owner Sean Boyd in a perfectly clean pair of pants or sporting a manicure.  This dude works....

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