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GREAT AMERICAN WINERY: GARY FARRELL | RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Like a steady stock in a volatile market, Gary Farrell Winery has maintained the quality of its brand over the course of 30-plus years. However, the buzz around the brand

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Argentina, Wine

Great Wine: Mendel Malbec

No question, one of the most superb Malbecs you’ll find in the 20-dollar range. There’s a palpable stamp of authenticity in the glass: an obvious handcrafted quality and a color—in

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California, Wine
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Great Wine: Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Add TURNBULL to the shortlist of Napa Valley wineries who seem to do no wrong. Go north on Highway 29 that runs through the heart of Napa wine country, and

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Italy, Wine
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Great Wine: Braida Moscato d’Asti “Vigna Senza Nome”

It’s a new day. It’s a new year. It’s a new life. And it’s time for feelin’ good. So, break out the Moscato! That irresistibly delicious semi-sweet white stuff that

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France, Wine

Great Wine: Demière-Ansiot Blanc De Blancs Champagne

It’s tempting to pit “grower” Champagnes against the large, formidable “negociant” Champagne houses and use words like “better” or “more authentic” or “unique” or “artisanal” to describe the growers. Rather

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Italy, Wine

Great Wine: Col de’ Salici Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

At the risk of being boring, here’s a few technicalities you should look for when purchasing Prosecco—that humble but so stylish bubbly from Italy—to improve your chances of ending up

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France, Wine
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Great Wine: Gérard Boulay Comtesse Sancerre

Surely, one of the great white wines of the world. Wine derived from the Sauvignon Blanc grape is often labeled into a corner as a dry and high-acid wine, implying

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Israel, Wine
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Great Wine: Recanati Wild Carignan Reserve

If you’re looking for a quintessential Israeli red wine, this is it. Carignan is the most widely planted grape in the country, thanks to a Rothschild who brought over a

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Bordeaux, France, Wine
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Great Wine: Chateau Coutet Sauternes-Barsac

The 2003 CHATEAU COUTET, a First Growth Bordeaux estate, was the Sauternes that hooked me on Sauternes—to me, the most special and uniquely aromatic and addictively alluring sweet white wine on

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California, Wine
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Great Wine: Frog’s Leap Merlot

Full disclosure upfront: we have an unabashed love for this winery. Why? Because owner and winemaker John Williams (yes, there is another well-known John Williams out there other than the

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Italy, Wine

Great Wine: Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia

A special wine for its deeply authentic Italianate character, even though the grapes are French. First of all, it’s from Bolgheri, a coastal region in Tuscany where two of the

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California, Wine
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GREAT AMERICAN WINERY: RAMEY WINE CELLARS | SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

If the history of wine could be made into a movie western, David Ramey would be the maverick of the American West. “I’m a winemaker. It’s all I’ve ever done

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