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To strongly reiterate, “2013 for many wineries in Napa and Sonoma has produced the finest wines I have tasted in 37 years2013 a classic of power, intensity and equilibrium…” - Robert Parker

With everyone from wine critics to winemakers to wine collectors raving about this stellar vintage, I am always anxious to open a bottle, and the 2013 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay seemed particularly appealing one night this week when my husband was taking some salmon burgers off the grill.

Newton sources their Chardonnay from the Carneros region of Napa, on hills that roll toward the San Pablo Bay. This loc...

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Since the year 1860, the Boiron Family has impressively crafted wine at the property, and for the past six generations, the Domaine has been handed down from father to son, holding up to the tradition of the estate.

The 2012 Les Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vielles Vignes is an extremely elegant wine, which is drinking beautifully now, and should have another two decades of total longevity.  

Pronounced - (sha-toh-nuhf-doo-PAHP), and as the name suggests, this wine will surely POP! This spicy French red is packed with ripe flavors of black fruits, coffee, and pepper whic...

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1. We have found that the overall quality of the 2015 vintage is somewhere between very good and outstanding, depending on the appellation and producer. When we think about comparing the 2015 vintage to other memorable vintages, we believe that it falls somewhere between the power of 2005 and the accessibility of the 2009, but with lower alcohol levels, which makes it feel fresher and perhaps, even more pure.

2. The 2015 vintage is proving to be an especially good year for Right Bank producers. While many excellent wines were produced on the Left Bank, the overall consistency of quality in St. ...

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Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta is one of the founders of the so called ‘Super Tuscan’ wine, and his wine Sassicaia has become one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Located just south of Livorno in Tuscany sits the Tenuta San Gudio estate, and this is where Mario had the vision to plant Cabernet and Merlot vines. He thought the ‘rocky’ terrain mimicked the soil of Graves in Bordeaux and set out to produce a world class wine from these varietals.

The Marchese’s first couple vintages weren’t exactly considered hits to the critics, who were accustomed to drinking the lighter style...

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Burgundy and all of its different appellations can be a little daunting at times. I mean within Burgundy itself, it has 100 different appellations or AOCs (Appellations d’Origine Controlee) that can be broken down into four levels which includes, Regional, Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. So when I had the opportunity to try the 2011 Jean Marc Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru White Burgundy, I wanted to get to know more about the area that the wine comes from.

Of the 100 different AOCs that a wine from Burgundy can be classified from, there are 23 Regional appellations, wh...

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The property on which Castello dei Rampolla exists has been owned by the di Napoli family since 1739, but no vineyards were planted there until visionary Alceo di Napoli Rampolla inherited the farmland in 1965. By 1975, the first bottles of Chianti Classico were produced, but Alceo, who was always striving to create a greater wine, decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon to blend with the Sangiovese. With the help of friend and famed oenologist, Giacomo Tachis, the concept for one of the first “Super Tuscans” was born and Sammarco would eventually release with the 1980 vintage.

In 1991, Alceo unexp...

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Oreno, named after the river that runs through the property, is the flagship of Tenuta Sette Ponti. Wine Spectator has more than once placed Oreno among the best wines of the annual Top 100 Wines, right along with The Wine Advocate. An international-styled blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it delivers incredible quality coupled with great value. You’d be hard pressed to find this level of quality at this price point elsewhere in the world, namely Bordeaux. 

On this particular occasion, Sandy and I were “kid free” for the evening so we took advantage of our new-found freedom ...

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Finally! The weather is starting to warm which means it’s time to begin stocking your cellar with this season’s latest white Burgundy releases.  There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of chilled Chablis on a warm spring day.  In preparation for my upcoming spring gatherings, I thought it would be fun to taste one of Patrick Piuze’s 2014 Chablis just to see what I have in store for myself and my guests.

The up-and-coming Patrick Piuze is certainly making a splash in Burgundy.  Unfortunately, so far there has only been a very small production of each vintage, but they are all fantastic and ...

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Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro was founded in 1967, a time in Cortona that was not widely known for great wine. What was produced there largely went to inexpensive blends. That may have been where the story ended had it not been for a professor at the University of Milan, Attilo Scienza, who decided to test the potential of the soils for vine growing. Four years of studying brought him to the conclusion that Rhone varietals were the best match, and ten acres of Syrah were planted. Formal recognition followed in 1999 when the area achieved D. O. C.

This, too, could have been the end of the saga we...

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Not many people can trace their ancestry back to the 1500s, let alone a wine producer whose family started producing wine that people nowadays drink and see as some of the best wines in the world. That being said, I recently tasted the 2010 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino, which is one of the original producers of Brunello and even was one of the original founders to call Montalcino wines by the term “Brunello.” 2010 was an epic vintage for Brunello di Montalcino and received rave reviews from wine critics.

In 1555, the Costanti family was given land in what is now Montalcino. It wasn’t until T...

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