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TYLER WINERY

  I first became acquainted with this new winery just over 2 years ago. I was very impressed with the wines and the dedication and talent of owner/winemaker, Justin Willett. Here is what I had to say: Owner and winemaker Justin Willett started Tyler winery in 2005. Previously he had worked in vineyard management as […]

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THE VINEYARD OR THE WINEMAKING? WHAT REALLY MATTERS?

Allen R. Balik recently wrote an article in the Napa Valley Register entitled “Is it about the vineyard or the winemaking?”  That’s an often asked question. But, is it a good question or a bad question? I would say that it depends on your perspective. Here are some of the highlights of Allen’s article: Although […]

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GERMANY 2010 – A SPECTACULAR VINTAGE

Imagine if Philippine Rothschild had said that today’s supermarket Mouton Cadet was the equal of the 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, the estate’s flagship wine from a famed vintage. Hanno Zilliken, owner/winemaker of the famed German Saar estate Forstmeister Zilliken, made a similar statement, comparing his 2010 wines to a cellar aged 1983 gold capsule Auslese, a prized late harvest wine from a highly praised vintage.

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THE AHWAHNEE ANNOUNCES ITS 30TH ANNUAL VINTNERS’ HOLIDAYS STELLAR LINEUP WITH 33 WORLD-CLASS CALIFORNIA WINERIES

The Ahwahnee, AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, located in beautiful Yosemite Valley, will welcome 33 of California’s leading vintners for its 30th annual Vintners’ Holidays event series, kicking off November 6. Celebrating three decades of excellence in winemaking in the gorgeous setting of Yosemite National Park, Vintners’ Holidays will be held over a series of eight sessions from November 6 to December 8, 2011.

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NEW RELEASE TRADE TASTING – NEW ZEALAND WINES

I recently attended a new release trade tasting in Los Angeles for New Zealand wines. Some 26 wineries were represented and there were well over 100 wines available to taste in a 3 hour period. These types of tastings are a way to get a general idea of the wines. But, for me, they are not an opportunity to write detailed notes on each wine.

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One New Star Producer For White And Red Burgundy, Revisiting An Old Favorite Producer For Affordable White and Red Burgundy, And Trying To Get Back A Best In Class Rosé

One New Star Producer For White And Red Burgundy, Revisiting An Old Favorite Producer For Affordable White and Red Burgundy, And Trying To Get Back A Best In Class Rose

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Thoughts On Provenance

Reading John Tilson’s notes on the Old Burgundians’ tastings makes one appreciate provenance. I think that when it comes to appreciating Burgundy, New Yorkers and much of the Eastern wine drinking public came late to the party when it came to appreciating wines from the Cote. New York, like Paris, has always been a Bordeaux town.

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