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A Spanish Wine For Every Course

Reviews of Capcanes Flor del Flor de Primavera 2010 and some Kosher for Passover Spirits.
Until a few decades ago, Spanish wines were discounted as not worthy of attention to those outside of Spain. But things began to shift: an improving economy in the 1980s, an influx of innovative winemakers, and an expansive rejig of

A Dramatic Transformation For One California Winery

A look at the Zaca Mesa Winery.
Once known only for characterless, cheap and cheerful quaffs, the Zaca Mesa Winery now produces incredibly flavorful wines from varietals like Syrah, Roussanne and Viognier. Located in California's Santa Barbara County, specifically the Santa Ynez Valley, Zaca Mesa planted its first vines — a mishmash of varietals including

A Glass Of Red Warms Body And Soul

Reviews of red wines from Phelps, Castello di Amorosa, Quivira, Frei Brothers, St. Clement and Tempra Tantrum.
Winter weather is best faced with a glass of red wine. Properties like Joseph Phelps Vineyards provide the comfort of consistent high quality. Its flagship Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006 would make a wonderful gift since it needs a

The Land Down Under Produces Wonderful Wines

A review of some recently released Australian wines.
Look to Australia when choosing a wine to complement a winter meal or for snuggling beside a cozy fire. Many of the latest Australian releases have a remarkable complexity along with their characteristic bold fruit profile. While some (like the 2006 Craneford Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2006

Invigorated Spain Bears Fruit

A look at some enjoyable Spanish wines.
Spain has more than 50 official wine-producing regions where 60-plus different grapes are used to make red, white and sparkling wines. Until recently, Spanish winemakers were in a rut, confined by their adherence to ancient methods and antiquated equipment. But an infusion of capital and a new breed

Choosing A Wine For Thanksgiving

Some Rhone wine suggestions for your Thanksgiving feast.
The classic meal of roast turkey, stuffing and cranberries offers a variety of flavors that expands, rather than limits, the types of wine that can be served. Ideally, the wine should have good fruit flavors, refreshing acidity for balance and not be too tannic or oaky. Champagne

Australia’s Clarendon Hills Winery Uses Old Vines, Techniques

A review of recent releases from the Clarendon Hills Winery.
Like Curt Schilling in the World Series, winemaker Roman Bratasiuk is at the top of his game. The owner of the Australian winery Clarendon Hills is a Ukrainian émigré and former biochemist. The winery, located in the McLaren Vale region, was started in 1989. Bratasiuk