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piqueras

April 20th 2018 – Bodegas Piqueras, Almansa Black Label (2014)

Bodegas Piqueras, Almansa Black Label (2014) Grapes: Syrah and Monastrell Geography: Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Appellation: Almansa Their winery is family owned and this is the fourth generation of the Piqueras family to have overseen the property since it was established in 1915. The Piqueras winery is in Almansa, in south-east Spain, some 40 miles from […]

Hecht

April 20th 2018 – Hecht & Bannier, Côtes de Provence Rosé

April 20th 2018 – Hecht & Bannier, Côtes de Provence Rosé Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah Geography: Provence, France Appellation: Côtes de Provence Formed in 2002, Maison Hecht et Bannier produces wines that are reference points for the Languedoc, Roussillon and Provence, France’s largest and most confounding winemaking region. Founders Gregory Hecht and François Bannier: […]

cinerino

April 20th 2018 – Marziano Abbona, Langhe Bianco Cinerino (2015)

Marziano Abbona, Langhe Bianco Cinerino (2015) Grape: Viognier Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Langhe The Abbona family discovered Viognier in the Rhone Valley. The desire to reproduce the excellence they found in France returned with them to the hills of Dogliani, and thus began Cinerino. The wine’s name comes from the grey herons that occasionally stop […]

Miaudoux

April 20th 2018 – Château Miaudoux, Bergerac Blanc Sec (2017)

Château Miaudoux, Bergerac Blanc Sec (2017) Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle Geography: Southwest France, France Appellation: Bergerac The Bergerac wine-growing region, a subregion of South West France around the town of Bergerac in the Dordogne department, comprises 93 communes. Its boundaries correspond more or less with those of the Arrondissement of Bergerac, immediately east […]

decero

April 13th 2018 – Finca Decero Winery, Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon (2014)

Finca Decero Winery, Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon (2014) Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Within five years, Finca Decero has become recognized not only for having one of the highest quality vineyards in all of Mendoza, but also for catapulting into an elite group of the most highly regarded producers in Argentina. The wines all come […]

les-lauzeraies

April 13th 2018 – Les Lauzeraies, Tavel (2017)

Les Lauzeraies, Tavel (2017) Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Tavel The Tavel Appelation: “Rosés from the Southern Rhône offer a marked contrast to their cousins from Provence. Typically deeper in color and fuller in body, Rhône rosés, led by the Tavel appellation, offer the stuffing to match with grilled summer fare while still keeping a […]

gallura

April 13th 2018 – Cantina del Vermentino, Vermentino di Gallura Funtanaliras (2016)

Cantina del Vermentino, Vermentino di Gallura Funtanaliras (2016) Grape: Vermentino Geography: Sardinia, Italy Appellation: Vermentino di Gallura Cantina del Vermentino is a wine cooperative in Sardinia founded in 1956. About 350 members cultivate 500 hectares of vineyards in Monti, Telti, Olbia, and Loiro Porto San Paol, all in the immediate hinterland of the beautiful Costa […]

columbier

April 13th 2018 – Domaine du Colombier, Petit Chablis (2016)

Domaine du Colombier, Petit Chablis (2016) Grape: Chardonnay Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Petit Chablis The Domaine du Colombier has been a family property since 1887, handed down over several generations. In 1957 Mr Guy MOTHE started to specialize in vinifying Chablis. Today his three sons, Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent work the 55 hectares of vines […]

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April 6th 2018 – Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Pic Saint-Loup Tour de Pierres Rouge (2015)

Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Pic Saint-Loup Tour de Pierres Rouge (2015) Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Appellation: Pic Saint-Loup Pic Saint-Loup gets its name from a crusader turned hermit, Saint Thieri Loup, and a limestone peak (‘Pic’) that overlooks the vineyards. In 1992, when the Ravaille brothers (Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc) […]

weingut

April 6th 2018 – Weingut Heinrich, Neusiedlersee Red (2015)

Weingut Heinrich, Neusiedlersee Red (2015) Grapes: Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, and St. Laurent Geography: Burgenland, Austria Appellation: Neusiedlersee Winery Overview Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with 2 ½ acres of vineyard purchased from Gernot’s family. His early work in the family winery, like most of that generation, was purely an agricultural pursuit with […]

loimer-zweigelt-rose

April 6th 2018 – Loimer, Rosé (Austria)

Loimer, Rosé (Austria) Grape: Zweigelt Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria Appellation: Kamptal Fred Loimer’s wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in Austria. He began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture. His estate near the village of Langenlois in the Kamptal […]

brunier_pigeoulet

April 6th 2018 – Vignobles Brunier, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet Blanc (2014)

Vignobles Brunier, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet Blanc (2014) Grapes: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Clairette Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Vaucluse Vignobles Brunier embodies the ensemble of the holdings by the Brunier family, notably Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Domaine La Roquète, Domaine Les Pallières (along with Kermit), and Le Pigeoulet des Brunier. Vignobles […]

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March 30th 2018 – Monteforche, Merlot Carantina (2015)

Monteforche, Merlot Carantina (2015) Grape: Merlot Geography: Veneto, Italy Appellation: Veneto Not long ago Alfonso Soranzo set aside the horn he had trained to play since childhood to pick up a plow and get to work in the vineyards. He manages a small property with his father in the Colli Euganei, southwest of Padova, crafting […]

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March 30th 2018 – Travignoli, Chianti Rufina (2015)

Travignoli, Chianti Rufina (2015) Grape: Sangiovese Geography: Tuscany, Italy Estate owner Giovanni Busi respects the particulars of Rufina’s climate, weather and soils. As distinguished from the better-known Classico zone, he is sure that the Rufina terroir produces singular Sangiovese. He should know. His family has owned the property for centuries. A warm, dry climate moderated […]

lambrusca

March 30th 2018 – Lini, Labrusca Rosé Lambrusco

Lini, Labrusca Rosé Lambrusco Grapes: Lambrusco Salamino and Lambrusco Sorbara Geography: Emilia-Romagna, Italy Appellation: Emilia The Lini family has been making Lambrusco in Correggio since 1910. With that century of experience they have created an unequaled line-up of top-quality dry Lambrusco, including the rare and much-celebrated Lambrusco Salamino metodo classico. Fabio Lini, highly-respected among his […]

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March 30th 2018 – Fougeray De Beauclair, Bourgogne Blanc L’Ormichal (2014)

Fougeray De Beauclair, Bourgogne Blanc L’Ormichal (2014) Grape: Chardonnay Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Bourgogne Located on the outskirts of Dijon, in the northernmost reaches of the Cote de Nuits, this family-owned estate offers exceptional quality and great value. Fixin is an appellation on the rise among those who love Burgundy but shy away from the […]

weinert

March 23rd 2018 – Bodega y Cavas de Weinert, Mendoza Carrascal Tinto (2013)

Bodega y Cavas de Weinert, Mendoza Carrascal Tinto (2013) Grape: Malbec Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Mendoza Founded in 1975 by Bernardo C. Weinert, Bodega y Cavas de Weinert is located in Mendoza, Argentina. The estate vineyards are located in the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and Tupungato. The vines are 25-100 years old and […]

Zerran

March 23rd 2018 – Bodegas Jorge Ordóñez & Co., Zerran (2014)

Bodegas Jorge Ordóñez & Co., Zerran (2014) Grapes: Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Syrah Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Montsant D.O. Montsant, falset, capital of Priorat. This town is situated in the southeastern part of the region, in a valley surrounded by the Sierra del Montsant and Sierra de Llaberia mountains. Located in the watershed of the Siurana […]

evoe

March 23rd 2018 – Schnaitmann, Evoé! Rosé

Schnaitmann, Evoé! Rosé Grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Trollinger, and Blauer Portugieser Geography: Württemberg, Germany Schnaitmann is located in Fellbach, which is located in the Wurttemberg region of Germany. Rainer Schnaitmann follows a 500 year old family tradition of winemaking when in 1997, he launched his own label. Sixty one acres of estate vineyards are […]

trignon

March 23rd 2018 – Château du Trignon, Côtes du Rhône Roussanne (2016)

Château du Trignon, Côtes du Rhône Roussanne (2016) Grape: Roussanne Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Roussanne grape While not the easiest to grow, this aromatic white grape is known for its elegant character. It is often blended with Marsanne but is the only one of the two allowed in Chateauneuf du Pape. […]