If you want to make an impression as a relative startup in the California winemaking business, start by making two great Viogniers. That’s what Workman Ayer, whose production facilities are located in Santa Barbara, has done. The first one, called “Ipso Facto,” is a quintessential California Central Coast’s take on this... Read more →
Are we out of line for calling Smith-Madrone a “hidden” winery of Napa Valley, considering it was established in 1971? No, not until the world recognizes there may not be a better $50 Napa Cab for the money than Smith-Madrone’s. Not to mention they also produce one of America’s most essential white wines. What the heck... Read more →
New Year’s Eve will have come and gone in a flash, but that’s no reason to stop drinking Champagne. The special occasion, French bubbly made from Chardonnay and/or Pinot Noir grapes (and also, sometimes, Pinot Meunier) is the perfect drink of choice to ring out a year 2017 that was the most divisive in America’s history since... Read more →
It’s no secret anymore: Oregon—especially Oregon’s Willamette Valley—is a treasure trove of great Pinot Noirs. What many don’t know, however, is that for those who are money conscious when it comes to purchases of wine (and if this isn’t you, bless you—please continue enjoying your La Tâche and let us know how it is), Oregon,... Read more →
A winemaker for one of the foremost names in cult Napa Valley Cabernets packs it up. He ventures further north with his wife to make wines in the uncharted and less prestigious territories of Washington State. Why on earth would someone do that? Todd Alexander, former winemaker of a $500 cult Cabernet Sauvignon from Bryant... Read more →
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