GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BONARDA

Bonarda (Charbono) is a black grape variety with a complicated history. Originally from Savoie, eastern France, it is now mostly planted in Napa Valley, California, where it is known as Charbono, and in Argentina, where it goes by the name Bonarda. In the vineyard, Bonarda is usually one of the last varieties to be harvested, […]

WINE LEGEND: Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Far Niente Winery was established in Napa Valley, California, in 1885 by John Benson. Today, the winery focuses on producing only the two varietal wines – Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. They have been growing and making Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly four decades, starting with the first Cabernet vintage in 1982. Their extensive experience has led […]

WINE TRAVEL: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley is a renowned Californian wine-producing region north of San Francisco, USA. It’s the most famous and prestigious wine region of the New World with hundreds of vineyards. Its wineries range from small, family-run estates to landmarks. Climate, geology and topography are three essential components in what makes Napa Valley a first-rate viticultural area. […]

WINE LEGEND: Quintessa 2016

“Quintessa is a temple to a single Bordeaux-style Rutherford wine.” – WINE SPECTATOR Quintessa Estate is located in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, California. It makes just one wine from its 113-hectare estate, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that consistently rates highly by critics. There are plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON ZINFANDEL

Zinfandel, also known as Primitivo, is a black-skinned grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in the USA from Europe in the mid-19th century and found its true home there. The State is perfect for growing this grape with warm, dry summers, cool nights, well-drained volcanic soils and all the rain coming in the […]

WINE LEGEND : CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON MONTE BELLON 1985

“We’re not in the driver’s seat. A wine consistently reflects the character of the vineyard and not the whim of the winemaker.”- Spirit of Ridge Vineyards  California Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello 1985 from Ridge Vineyards is stunning in expressing its terroir. This wine is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot grown on […]