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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... (more...)

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...)

Esporao: The Gentle Ecological & Viticultural Giant

Esporao   Reguengos de Monsaraz Alentejo, Portugal   Vineyards and the estuary at Herdade Esporao      Our last appointment of the day was deep in the far southeastern section of the Alentejo region at the enormous Herdade Esporao. We were... (more...)

Spottswoode

Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery Visit  plus the 30/40th Anniversary Tasting  St. Helena, Napa Valley & New York City Welcome to the beautiful Spottswoode Estate      Spottswoode Estate... (more...)

“The Vineyardist”

“The Vineyardist” Diamond Mountain Napa Valley May 28, 2012      While researching our trip to Napa, I came across a new wine made by Mark Herold, who made wines in the late 90’s and early 00’s... (more...)

Napa Valley & Sonoma 2012

Napa Valley & Sebastopol (Sonoma) May 23-28, 2012      During our recent trip to Napa Valley (and one day in Sonoma), we met with some of the best producers of fine wine in Sonoma and the Napa Valley. We met with... (more...)

France – Part 3  Chateauneuf-du-Pape  Domaine du Pegau Domaine de la Janasse Chateau Mont Redon  Clos des Brusquieres Grenache vines surrounded by galets in CdP Day 4 was an exciting trip north of Les Baux to... (more...)

Wine News & Updates, 2007 Robert Foley Griffin, Wine Notes of Interest Recently I have been preoccupied with enhancing The Wine Forum from a simple blog to a real website with more features for you to learn and experience more about wine.  I... (more...)

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