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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...)

Wine & Soul

  Wine & Soul Pinhao Valley, Cima Corgo Douro Valley, Portugal September 2, 2013   Sandra Tavares da Silva, winemaker and vineyard caretaker of Pintas at Wine & Soul Wine & Soul was our first Quinta visit the morning after... (more...)

Quinta do Crasto

  Quinta do Crasto Pinhao, Cima Corgo Douro Valley, Portugal   Quinta do Crasto estate hilltop Nestled in the heart of the Douro Valley, Quinta do Crasto sits high on the crest of a hilltop with beautiful terroir that overlooks the... (more...)

New Jersey Wine

Discovering the Outer Coastal Plain Wine Region of New Jersey Pinot Noir grapes in a Tomasello vineyard Not long ago before summer got into full swing, I ran across a tweet from the New York Times about how some great wines were being... (more...)

Le Cercle Rive Droite 2012 NYC

Le Cercle Rive Droite 2012 Vintage Bordeaux Barrel Tasting New York, NY “From Barrel to Bottle”      Tasting newly vinified wine from barrel as it is maturing is better understood when tasting multiple... (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...)