Category: Gazette Newspapers

Villa Maria: From Humble Beginnings To Superior Wines

A review of the recently released Villa Maria Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
In 1961, George Fistonich planted grapes on 2 acres he leased from his father’s farm located in the upper region of New Zealand’s North Island. He released his first wines in 1962 and now is celebrating his 50th vintage as founder

Spring Brings Outdoor Recreation, Rosé Wine Season

Wine recommendations for picnics and outdoor concerts.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is a true national treasure. The almost 5 acres of available picnic space, an extensive and wide-ranging performance schedule and a liberal alcohol policy allowing patrons to bring their own wine and beer assures a wonderful experience without the over-charging for beverages

Customer Service A Top Priority For Department of Liquor Control

Montgomery County's Department of Liquor Control Emphasizes Customer Service
After Prohibition, every State and many local jurisdictions established their own rules regarding the sale and distribution of alcohol. Many Americans bristle at the thought of additional layers of governmental oversight and the agency that regulates wine, beer and spirits is often subject to criticism. However, these

Burgundy and Japanese Cuisine Prove A Perfect Paring

Red Burgundy is an ideal wine to serve with Japanese Cuisine.
Sake is the classic accompaniment to Japanese food. Often called rice wine, it actually is “brewed” from rice that has been “polished” to expose the underlying starch. Quality varies depending upon the amount of polishing and whether or not alcohol is added to develop

Napa Valley Family Produces Award Winning Wines

A look at the Wagner Family wines.
The Wagner family has been making wines in California’s Napa Valley since 1915. Its first winery flourished until 1920 when it was closed by Prohibition, and the family turned to farming, eventually growing grapes and making wines at their home. In 1972, Chuck Wagner and his parents Charles

Bubble Trouble Turns Into Elegant Sparklers

A sparkling wine review including the Pol Roger Brut Reserve "White Foil," the Mionetto, Lunetta, Voveti and Lamberti proseccos, JJ Vincent Cremant, Champalou Vovray Brut, Trapiche Extra Brut, and the J Vineyards Brut Rose and their 25th Anniversary Brut.
Bubbles in wine were once considered a fault, especially when the increased pressure caused the bottles

The Wines of Madeira Age Gracefully

A review of the Blandy’s 10-year-old Malmsey and the Blandy's 5-year-old Alvada Madeiras.
The wines of Madeira are among the world’s longest lasting, with examples more than 100 years old still exhibiting youthful freshness and balance. Located 400 miles off the coast of Morocco, the island began winemaking in the 1400s when Portugal’s Prince Henry

For the Love of Lombardy’s Lovely Wines

A review of wines from Italy's Lombardy region.
Italy’s Lombardy region has been producing wines for centuries. Bordered by the Alps to the north and the Po River in the south, Lombardy is a cool-climate location for wine production dotted with lakes that modulate the local temperatures. The area is best known for its aromatic