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Wine Solutions

Dedicated to discussing the enjoyment of wine through wine tasting, collecting,
studies and travel, Wine Solutions is Toms wine consulting company.
"The Blog" is the writing outlet for many of the experiences provided by Wine Solutions.
Franz Hirtzberger Franz Hirtzberger
Franz Hirtzberger
The King of Spitz Franz Hirtzberger Wachau, Austria The 2015 Riesling lineup that day with the Steinporz Weissburgunder. My first ever official wine producer visit in the Wachau wine-growing region of Austria took place at the venerable Weingut Franz Hirtzberger in the cooler section of the Wachau in the village of Spitz. Franz Hirtzberger (Sr.) also happens to be one of the original founding members of Vinea Wachau, the regulatory body of winemaking in the Wachau. Weingut Franz Hirtzberger wa ...
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Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: Montevertine Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: Montevertine
Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: Montevertine
Visiting Montevertine Radda in Chianti The Montevertine Cantina Tasting: 2014 Le Pergole Torte, 2014 Montevertine, 2015 Pian del Ciampolo On a recent trip to Tuscany, I had decided to focus on the wine producers in and around the Chianti Classico region for the core of the visits. Tuscany is huge, and you need to focus on specific regions, or even sub-regions, to ease the burden of driving too much or not having enough time for a well-paced visit. I was based in Barberino Val D’elsa and w ...
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The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert
The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert
A Visit to MacDonald & Detert Oakville, Napa Valley Alex MacDonald For the longest time, I have wanted to see for myself the To-Kalon vineyards, to be surrounded by its treasured vines and walk its hallowed soils.  I wanted to experience first hand what it is about this particular vineyard that makes the wine produced from it so famous.  Should it be the most famous vineyard in all of America, as many think it is?  Many of America’s most lauded wines from the past 150 years have come ...
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Graham’s & Dow’s Graham’s & Dow’s
Graham's & Dow's

In February I made my first wine-related work trip to Portugal and third overall. I had the chance to check out the newly renovated Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim in the Douro and the Graham’s Port lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the Douro river from Porto

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E. Guigal E. Guigal
E. Guigal

Recently I had the pleasure to taste some of the most heralded wines from the Rhone valley made by the Guigal family of Ampuis, in the heart of Cote-Rotie.  Legendary #Syrah wines have been made by 3 generations of the #Guigal family, as well as great #Viognier from #Condrieu

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Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: Montevertine

Visiting Montevertine Radda in Chianti The Montevertine Cantina Tasting: 2014 Le Pergole Torte, 2014 Montevertine, 2015 Pian del Ciampolo On a recent trip to Tuscany, I had decided to focus on the wine producers in and around the Chianti Classico region for the core of the visits. Tuscany is huge, and you need to focus on specific regions, or even sub-regions, to ease the burden of driving too much or not having enough time for a well-paced visit. I was based in Barberino Val D'elsa and was going to keep it to specific sub-regions on a single day or try to stop on my way back from a...