last 20 tastings


May 19th 2017 – Benazzoli, Bardolino (2016)

Benazzoli, Bardolino (2016) Grapes: Corvina and Rondinella Geography: Veneto, Italy Appellation: Bardolino The wine growing land of Bardolino covers a total surface area of over 25.000 hectares, comprising 16 districts. The Bardolino wine area can be found between the eastern shore of Lake Garda and the moraine hills, in a typical mediterranean landscape. The unique […]


May 19th 2017 – 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 […]


May 19th 2017 – Domaine De L’Olivette, Vin de Pays du Mont-Caume Rosé (2016)

Domaine De L’Olivette, Vin de Pays du Mont-Caume Rosé (2016) Grapes: Grenache and Mourvèdre Geography: Provence, France Appellation: Vin de Pays du Mont-Caume Domaine de l’Olivette is a small, centuries-old farm in the heart of the Bandol zone in Provence. Low-yielding Mourvedre is carefully cultivated to ensure full ripeness, and hand harvested fruit is gently […]


May 19th 2017 – Château Laval, Costieres de Nimes Blanc Cuvée Noemie (2014)

Château Laval, Costieres de Nimes Blanc Cuvée Noemie (2014) Grapes: Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Costières de Nîmes Chateau Laval is located between the cities of Aries and Nimes in the southernmost reaches of the Cotes du Rhone. The estate was founded in 1947 by Paul Alcay and is […]


May 12th 2017 – Azienda Santa Barbara, Rosso Piceno (2016)

Azienda Santa Barbara, Rosso Piceno (2016) Grapes: Montepulciano e Sangiovese Geography: Marche, Italy Appellation: Rosso Piceno Le Marche, an eastern Italian region, sits between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Ancona, its capital, is a port city on the Riviera del Conero, an area with sandy coves, limestone cliffs and medieval villages. Pesaro is […]


May 12th 2017 – Barone di Villagrande, Etna Rosato (2016)

Barone di Villagrande, Etna Rosato (2016) Geography: Sicily, Italy Appellation: Etna Rosato Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella […]


May 12th 2017 – Ronco del Gelso, Bianco Latimis (2015)

Ronco del Gelso, Bianco Latimis (2015) Geography: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Appellation: Friuli Isonzo Friuli Venezia Giulia is a northeast Italian region bordering Austria, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. It’s home to the sharp-peaked Dolomite Mountains and vineyards producing white wines. Trieste, the capital, was once part of the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire. Winery Their vineyards are […]


May 5th 2017 – Cellers Sant Rafel, Montsant Joana Gernatxes (2010)

Cellers Sant Rafel, Montsant Joana Gernatxes (2010) Grapes: Garnatxa, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Montsant Pilar Just and Xavier Peñas grew up in what would become the Montsant D.O. region of Catalan. After studying economics in Barcelona, Xavier stayed in Catalan’s capital working for large companies through most of the 90s. In […]


May 5th 2017 – Doelas, Rías Baixas Albariño (2015)

Doelas, Rías Baixas Albariño (2015) Grape: Albariño Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Rías Baixas Lagar de Costa is a family run winery where the effort and dedication of three generations dedicated to the care of Albariño vines and the production of wine meet. The winery was built over a century ago and it has undergone several […]


May 5th 2017 – Salcheto, Toscana Rosato Unfiltered (2016)

Salcheto, Toscana Rosato Unfiltered (2016) Grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Mammolo, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot Geography: Tuscany, Italy Appellation: Toscana Award for Sustainable Viticulture Winner, Gambero Rosso Guide, 2014 There should be a synergy between the earth and all growing things, man included. At Salcheto they try to respect this relationship on a daily basis, […]

Gonnet rose

May 5th 2017 – Gonnet, Vin de Savoie Rosé (2016)

Gonnet, Vin de Savoie Rosé (2016) Grape: Gamay Geography: Savoy, France Appellation: Vin de Savoie Charles Gonnet is a talented winegrower/winemaker. His estate is located in the heart of the French Alps, in the Chambery valley. Vineyards are plated on limestone soil at 300m altitude. Produced from very old vines, wine shows great aromas of […]


April 28th 2017 – Château Coulonge, Bordeaux Supérieur Hommage Malbec (2014)

Château Coulonge, Bordeaux Supérieur Hommage Malbec (2014) Grape: Malbec Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Bordeaux Supérieur Features: Biodynamic Château Coulonge is located 50 km south-east of Bordeaux, in the commune of Mourens, between the river Garonne and the river Dordogne. This family estate has been passed down from generation to generation since 1804. In conversion to […]

brain bouilly

April 28th 2017 – Domaine Blain, Brouilly (2014)

Domaine Blain, Brouilly (2014) Grape: Gamay Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Brouilly Lucie and Marc-Antonin Blain (winemakers at Domaine Blain-Gagnard in Chassagne-Montrachet) present their first vintage in Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. They bought several parcels of old vines on the slopes of Mount Brouilly in 2014. Domaine Blain Sister et Frère has 6 hectares of […]


April 28th 2017 – Cochon Volant, Corbières Prestige Rosé (2016)

Cochon Volant, Corbières Prestige Rosé (2016) Grapes: Grenache and Syrah Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Appellation: Corbières Features: Organic Since Greek merchants first introduced the cultivation of vines to our area more than 2,000 years ago, the Corbières region of the Languedoc in the south of France has been a prime region for grapes and the making […]

macon solutre

April 28th 2017 – Domaine Auvigue, Mâcon-Solutré (2015)

Domaine Auvigue, Mâcon-Solutré (2015) Grape: Chardonnay Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Mâcon-Solutré The brothers Jean-Pierre and Michel Auvigue, who are the third generation of their family to produce wine in the Mâcon heartland, run this small Pouilly-Fuissé-based domaine of 6ha. They vinify 25 others by buying grapes. The grapes come from carefully selected vineyards from the […]


April 21st 2017 – Domaine Les Ondines, Côtes du Rhône La Buissonade (2015)

Domaine Les Ondines, Côtes du Rhône La Buissonade (2015) Grapes: Grenache and Syrah Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Features: Organic Domaine Les Ondines is situated in the village of Sarrians in the heart of the Vacqueyras appellation. The Ondes own 6 hectares in Côtes du Rhône, 18 hectares in Vacqueyras, and 12 […]


April 21st 2017 – Birichino, Vin Gris (2016)

Birichino, Vin Gris (2016) Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Rolle Geography: California, United States Appellation: California Birichino was established by Alex Krause and John Locke, two Bonny Doon veterans. Emphasizing old vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation (though they go as far afield as the Sierra Foothills), Krause and Locke craft their wines with […]


April 21st 2017 – Marcel Giraudon, Bourgogne Aligoté (2015)

Marcel Giraudon, Bourgogne Aligoté (2015) Grape: Aligoté Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Bourgogne Aligoté As the name suggests, Chitry-Le-Fort was once a fortified town. Marcel Giraudon draws upon centuries of family winemaking history in Chitry, using traditional methods to produce this enticing new arrival. Giraudon’s vineyards are located on hillsides of Kimmeridgian chalky marl (also found […]


April 21st 2017 – Monte del Frà, Bianco di Custoza (2015)

Monte del Frà, Bianco di Custoza (2015) Grapes: Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Cortese, and Tocai Friulano Geography: Veneto, Italy Appellation: Bianco di Custoza The heart of Monte del Frà is located in the village of Custoza on the morainic hills of Lake Garda, only 15km from Verona. By carefully selecting the land on which to plant […]


April 14th 2017 – Agostino Pavia & Figli, Grignolino d’Asti (2016)

Agostino Pavia & Figli, Grignolino d’Asti (2016) Grape: Grignolino Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Grignolino d’Asti Features: Sustainable Located in commune of Agliano Terme within Asti, Agostino Pavia began purchasing top vineyards in the 1950s, as many were abandoning vineyards in Piedmont and moving to cities for work. The vineyards are situated between 240 and 260 […]