Monthly Archives: July 2013

American Tempranillo: Strong Continuing Improvement

A number of American winemakers have the Tempranillo bug. We are seeing increasing plantings in Arizona, California, Oregon, Texas and Washington State, and a growing number of bottlings from dozens of producers, even though total production levels for the Tempranillo wines being produced here are still relatively small. Continue reading

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The Perfect Summer Drink? Riesling from Germany & Austria

Looking for the ideal summer drink? Do you feel like something juicy, light to medium in body, refreshing and low in alcohol? A drink you can enjoy before dinner, as an aperitif, but can also continue with through a meal, with tangy acidity that makes it a perfect accompaniment for all kinds of food? Look no further than Riesling from Germany or Austria. Continue reading

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New Zealand Pinot Noir: Balance, Complexity & Great Value

Pinot Noirs of this complexity, minerality and balance can hardly be found at this price level elsewhere, so Pinot lovers looking for really good wines at $25 and under owe it to themselves to begin looking “down under.”
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House of Krug and the Quest for Perfection

As they say at Krug, it isn’t one single thing that makes Krug’s wines so extraordinary—it is the cumulative effect of a host of small details. Founder Joseph Krug was driven to produce the best product possible in Champagne, a quest for perfection that has somehow been maintained and enhanced by thousands of choices made by his descendants over the years. The result are vinous masterpieces that are among the most reliable sources of pleasure and deep enjoyment not only from Champagne, but in the whole world of wine. Continue reading

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