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A Nero d'Avola "MasterGlass" Featuring the Wines of Planeta

A Nero d'Avola "MasterGlass" Featuring the Wines of Planeta

The tasting seminar was dubbed a “MasterGlass” because Austrian glass manufacturer Riedel has created a glass specifically for Nero d’Avola wines.  Read More ==>

Alsace Wrestles with Sugar

Alsace Wrestles with Sugar

In n recent decades, residual sugar has crept into many of the region’s dry white wines.  Read More ==>

Micro-Lot Cabernet from Napa’s Rockiest Site

Micro-Lot Cabernet from Napa’s Rockiest Site

Cobbles reminiscent of the kind you find in the Southern Rhône aren’t the first thing you typically encounter in a Napa Valley vineyard. At Game Farm vineyard, owned and managed by Alex Vyborny and son Ben, it’s what differentiates their site from many others in Oakville. Read More ==>

Hidden Gems from Vinitaly 2018

Hidden Gems from Vinitaly 2018

It is not my intention to make a synthesis of Vinitaly, but to discuss some positive surprises, share the emotions and appreciation I felt in tasting a few of the many wines I tasted, and explore some interesting stories behind their Denominations of Origin, grapes, and producers. Read More ==>

The Essence of Piedmont

The Essence of Piedmont

In late January, the wines and seasonal cuisine of Piedmont arrived in San Francisco when Piedmontese winemaker Stefano Chiarlo hosted an evening of celebration marking the anniversary of his father Michele's 60th harvest.  Read More ==>

Trademarks for Rioja’s Single Vineyard Sites

Trademarks for Rioja’s Single Vineyard Sites

With the culmination of a process that began in 1998, DOCa Rioja ushers in a new era of visibility and greater flexibility for the producers of Rioja.


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The Sardinian Way

The Sardinian Way

Italy’s Mediterranean island is attracting worldwide attention for its wines,  but thus far it is resisting the temptation to abandon native grape varieties   to embrace wide-scale commercialization.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Cervaro della Sala

Celebrating 30 Years of Cervaro della Sala

Renzo Cotarella, CEO and Chief Enologist of Marchesi Antinori, recently hosted a trade tasting in Las Vegas to celebrate 30 years of Cervaro della Sala. As the six wines ranging from 1988 to 2015 were poured, he recounted the story of the iconic Italian white. Read More ==>

Sicily's Native Grapes and the Dawn of Italian Wine Culture

Sicily's Native Grapes and the Dawn of Italian Wine Culture

Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties differentiate its wines from the those in rest of Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. Read More ==>

Campania Update: Focus on Falanghina del Sannio DOC

Campania Update: Focus on Falanghina del Sannio DOC

No pyrrhic victories for the winegrowers of ancient Samnium. Read More ==>

New Act Protects New Zealand's Geographical Indications for Wine

New Act Protects New Zealand's Geographical Indications for Wine

It has taken 25 years of global success for the New Zealand wine industry to lock down place-name protection on a global level. Read More ==>

Horizons Left to Chase: Q & A with One Mind Institute's Brandon Staglin

Horizons Left to Chase: Q & A with One Mind Institute's Brandon Staglin

Deborah Parker Wong interviews Brandon Staglin, the nation’s leading consumer advocate for people who live with mental health conditions. Read More ==>

Finding Zinfandel’s Origins in the "Grape" Beyond

Finding Zinfandel’s Origins in the "Grape" Beyond

While Croatia’s wine growing regions may not be as well-known internationally as Napa and Sonoma, fascinating revelations at “I Am Tribidrag,” a first-ever global conference in the fashionable seaside town of Split may help change all that. Read More ==>

Upgrading Alentejo

Upgrading Alentejo

Portugal has never been identified by a singular table wine region. Alentejo is about to change that. Read More ==>

The Spanish Winemaking Regions to Watch—Now

The Spanish Winemaking Regions to Watch—Now

A sommelier shares his insights about why you should be buying and selling wines from Rueda and Ribera del Duero. Read More ==>

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