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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...)

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...)

The Genius of Soalheiro

Quinta de Soalheiro Melgaço, Portugal Quinta de Soalheiro On a sunny and cool spring-like day in the middle of the winter we headed to the northernmost reaches of Portugal to the Minho River which forms the border with Spain in Melgaço.  Looking... (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... (more...)

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