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DOMAINE SAUMAIZE-MICHELIN

  This Domaine is on a roll and making consistently wonderful White Burgundies at affordable prices. Located in Vergisson just south of Mâcon in Southern Burgundy, Roger and Christine Saumaize took over this domaine in 1978. They make numerous vineyard designated Pouilly Fuissés as well as Mâcon and Saint Veran. Here is some background on […]

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ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL – VINTAGE 2013

2013 RED BURGUNDY: A GREAT SURPRISE TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 2013 BURGUNDY VINTAGE DOMAINES AND NEGOCIANTS VISITED WINES TASTED AND TASTING NOTES 2013 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANÉE-CONTI HARVEST REPORT RECENT VINTAGES (2012 – 2007) HOW BURGUNDY IS TASTED FROM BARREL A SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF BURGUNDY INTRODUCTION I first started going to Burgundy to taste wines […]

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CALERA WINE COMPANY

Calera Is On A Roll!   I recently visited Calera Vineyards where I tasted a range of wines including all the estate Pinot Noirs from 2011 (which were bottled in April-May of last year with some released now and the others to be released later in the year), 2012 (which were bottled in April-May of […]

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RIDGE VINEYARDS

Without question, Ridge consistently produces some of the best red wines in California. They have been doing it for over 50 years and have a record that is unmatched by anyone in the state. Here is a history of Ridge taken from one of my earlier Ridge articles: The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in […]

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BIEN NACIDO ESTATE AND SOLOMON HILLS ESTATE

  Beginning in 2005 the Miller family, owners of the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Vineyards, began to make a small amount of wine under their new estate labels. Owners of Bien Nacido Vineyards since the 1970s, this vineyard has been the source of many great wines made by early wineries like Au Bon Climat […]

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RIDGE VINEYARDS AND TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD

  NEW RELEASES Ridge Vineyards and Tablas Creek Vineyard are two California wineries producing consistently first rate wine that every wine lover should experience. Recent articles have covered them in depth and if you missed the articles click here. Following are notes on recent releases. There are many wonderful wines here that represent very good […]

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TYLER WINERY AND CHANIN WINE COMPANY

Two Outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Producers For the past several years I have written about these two relatively new wineries that are driven by young men, Justin Willett and Gavin Chanin, who have a passion to make wines that are balanced and made in a very natural way. These are wines that show beautifully […]

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ALONG THE BURGUNDY TRAIL – VINTAGE 2012

      Table of Contents • Introduction • Domaines and Negociants Visited • Wines Tasted & Tasting Notes – Geoffrey Troy & John Brincko • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2012 Vintage Report • Recent Vintages (2012-2007) • How Burgundy is Tasted from Barrel • A Simple Explanation of Burgundy Introduction John Tilson I first […]

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WORLD CLASS CENTRAL COAST WINERIES: New Releases From Calera, Domaine Eden, Mount Eden Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, and Tablas Creek Vineyard

The Central Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) extends about 250 miles along the coastline of California from San Francisco in the north to Santa Barbara in the south. It is approximately 25 miles in width and covers some four million acres with just under 100,000 acres planted to wine grapes. The region has about 360 […]

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BERNARD PORTET’S NEW WINEMAKING PROJECT, HERITANCE

 After 40 Years as Clos du Val’s Winemaker, Bernard Portet Debuts Heritance, His New Winemaking Project Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Bernard Portet, renowned Napa Valley vintner, and talk with him about his new winemaking project, Heritance.  I had met Bernard years ago when he was co-founder and winemaker at Clos du […]

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