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In the tradition of Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello comes another Great Super Tuscan by Querciabella

Italy’s most acclaimed and coveted wines, with names like Sassicaia and Ornellaia and Tignanello are as recognizable among collectors as Screaming Eagle and DRC.  These wineries had a profound impact on winemaking in the region, and inspired a...

All About Riesling: The Most Versatile White Wine

Riesling is one of the world’s most misunderstood and under appreciated wine grapes. (So is Chardonnay, but that’s another story.) This brilliant wine has unfortunately been associated with Germany’s mass exports of the 1970s and 1980s, or more...

The World's First Flat Wine Bottle

Back in 2016, when we first heard of the initial release of the world’s first flat wine bottle, the whole thing sounded like a really cool idea. Now it’s an award-winning idea as well. Last week, the Dow Chemical Company announced the winners of...

A Tribute to One of California's Most Beloved Vintners Ulises Valdez

Ulises Valdez, one of California's most beloved vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early Wednesday morning of a heart attack.  He was 49. Valdez was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard...

2016 Rhones: The Vintage of the Generation

AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE: OPULENT FRUIT, MELTING TANNINS, AND ENERGETIC FRESHNESS

2016 is a roaring success in the Rhône. It follows the excellent 2015 whose release saw an upsurge in interest in this classic French region of diverse expression....

In Memory of the 'King of Zinfandel' Kent Rosenblum

Tributes have been pouring in since it was announced that Kent Rosenblum, the good natured veterinarian from Minnesota turned winemaking icon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night from complications following knee replacement surgery.  He was...

The Best Wines for Football Season and Tailgating Pairings

Most of us insist on beer at a tailgate. That's how the knee jerks, anyway. But we are on a mission to bring together the disparate fan domains of football and wine. Because a good red will bring out the flavor in the condiments. Because Riesling...

The Explosion of Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

Native to Bourgogne, the Pinot Noir is a mysterious and complex varietal. It is the raw material of the greatest Bourgogne red wines, and has thus played a key role in the region’s worldwide reputation. It is the quintessential interpreter of...

Parador Cellars Delivers Spanish Style Wine in the Napa Valley

Steve Ventrello founded Parador based on his ‘fantasy’ that three seemingly compatible grape varieties would marry and wine up creating an exceptional wine.  He intuited that blending the very best of his favorite varietals – Napa Valley Cabernet...

The Most Popular Wines in Every State

There’s something special about wine. Whether you’re ending the workday with a glass of Chianti while you cook or sipping crisp Chardonnay in your favorite restaurant, the mere act of opening the bottle lends a sense of celebration. To determine...