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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... (more...)

Graham’s & Dow’s

The Symington Dynamic Duo Graham’s Port Lodge, Porto & Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim, Pinhao, Douro Valley 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... (more...)

E. Guigal

Guigal Spring Tasting New York City April 2017 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... (more...)

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...)

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, when you finally make the visit to them and... (more...)

Austria: An Overview

The Wachau Valley & Vienna “Now We Are Three” Patron Saint Urban watching over us here at Weingut Knoll.  When we travel for an extended time in a wine region I like to post a short overview of our experiences.  When planning this trip... (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...)

Toro

Toro 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... (more...)

C.V.N.E.

Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España La Rioja Alta, Haro The CVNE badge decorates one of the original limestone building that dates back to the late 1800s. The last visit scheduled in Rioja was to one of the old stalwarts…  Read More →

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