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Mont Rosso

April 8th 2016 – Fongoli, Montefalco Rosso (2013)

Fongoli, Montefalco Rosso (2013) Grapes: Sangiovese and Sagrantino Geography: Umbria, Italy Appellation: Montefalco The Fongoli company was founded by Decio Fongoli Sr. in the early ‘900s. From its establishment, the activities included the production of wine and olive oil as well as farming and pig and cattle rearing activities. The property extends over 40 hectares […]

Lacrima Morro

April 8th 2016 – Lucchetti, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba (2015)

Lucchetti, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba (2015) Grape: Lacrima di Morro Geography: Marche, Italy Appellation: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Winery “Mario Lucchetti, helped by his wife Teresa, his son Paolo and his wife Tiziana, has become a reference point for Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wines. Potassium-rich, iron-poor soils help to create wines of great power and […]

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April 8th 2016 – Pico Maccario, Monferrato Lavignone Rosato (2015)

Pico Maccario, Monferrato Lavignone Rosato (2015) Grape: Barbera Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Monferrato Pico Maccario, a dedicated Barbera specialist, is found on the hills of Mombaruzzo in the Asti DOCG at an average altitude of 180 meters. Comprising one single, contiguous parcel, their vineyard covers 70 hectares and is the largest solely-owned vineyard in Piedmont. […]

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April 8th 2016 – Villa Sparina, Gavi di Gavi (2014)

Villa Sparina, Gavi di Gavi (2014) Grape: Cortese Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Gavi Located in Monterotondo, the heart of Gavi, Villa Sparina was founded by Mario Moccagatta. After taking over in 1997, Mario’s children Stefano, Massimo and Tiziana, have managed to put Gavi back on the map by dramatically reducing yields, introducing French barrique, renovating […]

Anka

April 1st 2016 – Vina Pargua, Pargua II Anka (2009)

Vina Pargua, Pargua II Anka (2009) Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carménère, and Syrah Geography: Central Valley, Chile In the language of the Mapuche word “Pargua” means “full moon”. “Anka Pargua” – strong and fascinating wine produced at the winery Viña Pargua. Winemaker Jean Pascal Lacaze and other workers wineries are making […]

maquis

April 1st 2016 – Viña Maquis, Valle del Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)

Viña Maquis, Valle del Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon (2012) Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Central Valley, Chile Appellation: Valle del Colchagua Located in the Colchagua Valley. The vineyard’s are surrounded by the Tinguiririca River and the Chimbarongo Creek. “Maquis harvest early, unafraid to make lighter bodied, herbal wines. This one, from a warm vintage emphasizes crunchy red […]

Calcu blanc

April 1st 2016 – Calcu, Valle del Colchagua Sauvignon Blanc (2014)

Calcu, Valle del Colchagua Sauvignon Blanc (2014) Grape: Sauvignon Blanc Geography: Central Valley, Chile Appellation: Valle del Colchagua The Maquis Vineyard Colchagua, a project that seeks to show its particular terroir, located in Palmilla. Maquis vineyards in Palmilla have the particularity of being like an island surrounded by the waters of Tinguiririca river and estuary […]

Apaltagua

April 1st 2016 – Apaltagua, Valle de Casablanca Chardonnay Reserva (2014)

Apaltagua, Valle de Casablanca Chardonnay Reserva (2014) Grape: Chardonnay Geography: Aconcagua, Chile Appellation: Valle de Casablanca Their vineyards are located throughout Chile. The winery is nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the prestigious Apalta district of the Colchagua Valley. The high altitude, granite and clay soils, warm days and cool nights climate, […]

guimaro

March 25th 2016 – Guimaro, Ribeira Sacra Tinto (2014)

Guimaro, Ribeira Sacra Tinto (2014) Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Ribeira Sacra Features: Organic Cultivated since Roman times, Ribeira Sacra’s steep, terraced vineyards are some of the most picturesque, and treacherous, to work in the world of wine – think Douro, Côte-Rôtie, or Mosel. In 1991 it was the young and ambitious Pedro Rodríguez that decided […]

dac

March 25th 2016 – Àlvaro Castro, DAC Tinto (2013)

Àlvaro Castro, DAC Tinto (2013) Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro Preto, and Tinta Roriz Geography: Beiras, Portugal Appellation: Dão Alvaro Castro, who is a civil engineer, inherited Quinta da Pellada, which dates back to the year 1570, in 1980. At the time, of his inheritance, he decided to make something out of the estate. He wanted […]

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March 25th 2016 – Douloufakis Nikos Winery, Vidiano Dafnios (2014)

Douloufakis Nikos Winery, Vidiano Dafnios (2014) Grape: Vidiano Geography: Crete, Greece Appellation: Crete In 1930, Dimitris Douloufakis became one of the first winemakers in Crete to produce wines professionally in his traditional, old winery. A consistent award winner, Dimitris’s grandson, Nikolas, now runs the winery carrying on his grandfather’s traditional practices but with more modern […]

malpei

March 25th 2016 – Bodegas Rubicón, Lanzarote Malvasia Volcanica Malpei (2014) Dry

Bodegas Rubicón, Lanzarote Malvasia Volcanica Malpei (2014) Dry Grapes: Malvasia and Muscat Geography: Canary Islands, Spain Appellation: Lanzarote Bodegas Rubicón is a centuries-old estate. To understand its history, one has to go back to 1570. That was the year when the oldest document still in their hands refers to the property. The modern history of […]

Haut Selve

March 18th 2016 – Château Haut Selve, Graves white (2014)

Château Haut Selve, Graves white (2014) Grapes: 50% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc, and 15% Sauvignon Gris (introduced for its interesting aromatic qualities when vinified in wood). Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Graves It was the biggest property in Bordeaux in the 19th century, with 860 acres. After being destroyed and abandoned, it became the only “new” […]

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March 18th 2016 – Domaine du Colombier, Red Chinon Old Vines (2013)

Domaine du Colombier, Red Chinon Old Vines (2013) Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc Geography: Loire Valley, France Appellation: Chinon The DOMAINE DU COLOMBIER has been in the Loiseau family for five generations. The entire surface of the 35-acre vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc. SoilClay-chalk and clay-siliceous soil Hand picked harvest / Selection of the finest […]

BAron

March 18th 2016 – Antonin Rodet, Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2013)

Antonin Rodet, Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2013) Grape: Pinot Noir Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Bourgogne Antonin Rodet offers wines for which the authenticity and quality are guaranteed by the passion and know-how of the winegrowers, winemakers and cellar masters who elaborate them.involved at the source with the winegrowers, chance has little place when it comes to […]

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March 18th 2016 – Ortas, Tradition Rasteau Côtes du Rhône-Villages (2013)

Ortas, Tradition Rasteau Côtes du Rhône-Villages (2013) Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Rasteau Around Vaison-la-Romaine, on the « Princes d’Orange » route is the village of Rasteau, a renowned place for winemaking. Surrounded by arid slopes, sunshine and exceptional grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre together with the characteristic stones […]

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March 11th 2016 – Tasca d’Almerita, Leone d’Almerita (2013) Sicilia

Tasca d’Almerita, Leone d’Almerita (2013) Sicilia Grapes: Catarratto, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay Geography: Sicily, Italy Appellation: Sicilia The History It was 1830 when brothers Lucio and Carmelo Mastrogiovanni Tasca bought the former stronghold of Regaleali, which lies on the borderline of the provinces of Palermo and Caltanissetta in the heart of Sicily. Much has […]

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March 11th 2016 – Leone de Castris, Five Roses (2014) Salento Rosato

Leone de Castris, Five Roses (2014) Salento Rosato Grapes: Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera Geography: Puglia, Italy Appellation: Salento Winery Overview Founded in 1665 by the Spanish Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos, in the Italian region of Puglia, Leone de Castris has been exporting wine since the beginning of the 19th century. The wines are the […]

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March 11th 2016 – Librandi, Cirò Duca San Felice Riserva (2011)

Librandi, Cirò Duca San Felice Riserva (2011) Grape: Gaglioppo Geography: Calabria, Italy Appellation: Cirò Winery Overview The Librandi winery is a modern enterprise founded in 1950 by Antonio and Nicodemo Librandi. Nowadays, the winery is run by Nicodemo, his two sons Paolo and Raffaele, his nephew Francesco and his niece Teresa. To this day, they […]

tavera

March 4th 2016 – Bodegas Tavera Garnacha (2012)

Bodegas Tavera Garnacha (2012) Geography: Castilla y León, Spain Grape Variety: Garnacha from old vines Finn mouth-feel and good concentration. This is a serious wine, with medium-high body and good backbone. On the nose it reveals very complex aromas, in particular those typical of the varieties, making the wine taster recall the most typical autumn […]