Weingut Knoll: The Classicist

Weingut Knoll Unterloiben Wachau, Austria September 2016 The iconic Knoll label depicting Saint Urban – the patron Saint of vineyards and winemakers. Of all the wine producers in the Wachau, maybe none more than Knoll sets ablaze the attention... (more...)

The Genius of Soalheiro

Quinta do Soalheiro Melga  Read More →

Weingut Josef Jamek

JJJ – Weingut Josef Jamek The Doyen of the Wachau Joching, Austria September 2016 Landmarks like this one for “Ried Klaus” mark the border or start of a “Ried” or “Cru” Vineyard in the Wachau The... (more...)

Weingut Rudi Pichler

The Sage of Wosendorf Wosendorf, Wachau, Austria September 2016 The outstanding 2015 Riesling lineup from Rudi Pichler. When you have a connection to a wine producer from a special moment in your wine life, and when you finally visit him and he makes... (more...)

Austria: An Overview

The Wachau Valley & Vienna “Now We Are Three”  Read More →

Linden Vineyards

Middleburg AVA Northern Virginia Wine Country Greenstone (left) and granite are the two main soil types in the 3 Linden vineyard sites. Jim Law founded Linden Vineyards over 30 years ago and seems like the kind of guy that has his priorities in the right... (more...)


A Day Visiting the Toro Castilla y Leon, Spain Looking south from the village of Toro over the river plain of the Duero river. My first stop in Spain was to the most obvious place to go if you are leaving the Douro from the east, the Toro in Castilla... (more...)


“The Rebel of Laguardia” The entrance to the Artadi facility just outside Laguardia. On a beautiful October morning  Read More →

Lopez de Heredia

Haro, La Rioja October 22, 2015 In a courtyard along the Ebro River in Haro, one can visit many of the old Rioja stalwarts like Lopez de Heredia. The first appointment that I made for this trip was with a Bodega many in America consider to be the greatest... (more...)

Bodegas Vega Sicilia

Ribera del Duero October 21, 2015 The doors leading to the Vega-Sicilia Unico vinification room. The Ribera landscape is virtually desert, dry with red, brown and gray everywhere we looked on an overcast October morning on our way to visit the most revered... (more...)

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