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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... (more...)

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...)

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...)

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 the greatest... (more...)

Bodegas Vega-Sicilia

The First Growth of Spain Ribera del Duero October 21, 2015 Mr. and Mrs. Wine Solutions Tom & Lisa! When I was planning our trip to Spain, one Bodega stuck out as one I had to get on my itinerary: Vega Sicilia.  Arguably the most important wine... (more...)

Bodega Contador

The Wines of Benjamin Romeo San Vicente, Rioja The “Big 3” from Bodega Contador, the famed and controversial San Vicente Rioja producer. Our first actual visit to a wine producer in Rioja was to Bodega Contador in the village of San Vicente... (more...)

Quinta do Vale Meao

“A Ferreira Legacy Thrives” Douro Superior, eastern Douro Valley Vale Meao’s mid to lower elevation vineyards and olive groves spread out vastly along the banks of the mighty Douro river. Meao shares with a few other families in the... (more...)

Leading the Way Forward – Telmo Rodriguez

Spain in the Rise of the Terroir Age The Wines of Remelluri and Telmo Rodriguez   Welcome to Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Of all the visits we had scheduled in Rioja, Remelluri was the one I was looking forward to most in hopes of discussing... (more...)

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