Tag: Pinot Noir

Winemakers Who March To A Different Drummer

Reviews of the Gvaot Gofna Pinot Noir 2011 and the Laphroaig 10-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
It is often said the best way to make a small fortune in the wine business is to begin with a large one. Indeed, winemaking is an inherently risky business. The weather, obviously, is unpredictable. Furthermore, wine is

Better Than Chanukah Gelt

Our Chanukah wish list including some kosher wines and a bunch of the great spirits we've recently enjoyed.
Chanukah gift-giving is really just an American transmogrification mimicking Xmas of the actual Jewish custom of giving Chanukah gelt (money). Still, we have nonetheless given in to modern convention and have compiled a list of a few

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

For This Year’s Seder, Pacific Northwest Offers Fine Wines

A review of Pacifica Evan's Collection Pinot Noir 2010 and Meritage 2010 along with reviews of two Tomintoul Single Malt Scotches.
Our next stop in the search for wines for this year's seder is the Pacific Northwest. Relative newcomers to winemaking, both Washington state and Oregon have evolved rapidly to become world-class sources of

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

Around the World of Wonderful Wines

A review of several Cru Beaujolais, some Pinot Grigios and New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
To appreciate the variety of notable wines being made around the world, try less familiar varietals or more familiar ones that come from different locations. Begin your journey in France’s Beaujolais region where the Gamay grape is made into remarkable, reasonably-priced

Chilled, Fruity And Complex Wines Work Well For Summer

Some summer wine recommendations including Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Summer wines should be fruit-filled and complex enough to be interesting without overwhelming the traditional warm weather foods. They certainly need to be chilled, even the red ones, which will bring out their fruit flavors and balance. Here are some suggestions.

Napa’s Oldest Winery Leads Industry

A review of Charles Krug wines on their 150th anniversary.
The 150th anniversary of the Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug, will be celebrated this summer. With a $21.6 million renovation of its winemaking facilities and vineyards under way, the winery is positioning itself to remain a leader of California’s wine industry. The winery’s story