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: Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 1999

“It is simply one of the world’s elite wines.” – Robert Parker Le Pergole Torte 1999 is a brilliant wine from Montevertine winery located in Radda, in the Chianti hills in Tuscany. The winery was started in 1967 when Sergio Manetti bought the property and planted five acres of grapes with the idea of producing […]

WINE TRAVEL: Moon Mountain District in Sonoma

The Sonoma Valley is considered with perhaps the widest range of wine grapes, the most dramatic contrasts of terrain, and the longest history of any wine growing region in Sonoma County, California, United States. The vineyards are planted in diverse grape varieties – from Alicante to Zinfandel, with both Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING THE SOUTHERN RHONE VALLEY

The Rhône Valley vineyards are located on both sides of the Rhône River between Vienne and Avignon. The Northern and Southern Rhône are unique, each with different climate, soils and grape varieties. Today we are taking a look at The Southern Rhone Valley, which is a much larger area than the Northern Rhone – 95% […]

WINE NEWS: AMPHORAE WINE

Wine made in amphorae. Is it a new trend? Just a winemaking fad? Or something more substantial? It’s a fact that these days progressive winemakers are becoming more interested in using amphorae for making great wine. Just a decade ago these clay vessels were largely dismissed as part of wine’s history. Supposedly unhygienic barrels gave […]

WINE TRAVEL:​ IMMERSION IN THE OLD ITALIAN WINE REGION, VALPOLICELLA

Valpolicella, located in the province of Verona, is considered one of the oldest wine-making regions in Italy. It has been dedicating to wine-making since ancient times, as the etymology of its name suggests: “val polis cellae” meaning, in fact, “the valley of many cellars “. This wine region is especially famous for its red wine […]

WINE LEGEND: OPUS ONE 2013

“The essential human element is captured in the wine’s balance between power and finesse, structure and texture”  Opus One was founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild, legendary owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, and renowned Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. By combining the great winemaking traditions and innovation of both families, they created an exceptional wine […]

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 […]

WINE TRAVEL: VINEYARDS SURROUNDED​ BY MOUNTAINS IN MAIPO VALLEY

Maipo Valley is a sub-region of Central Valley in Chile that has a reputation for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Located near Santiago, this land is almost completely surrounded by mountains and exposed to plentiful sunshine regulated by coastal influence. The mountains make the area particularly good for viticulture because they produce a great variation in […]

WINE TRAVEL: THROUGH THE HILLS OF YARRA VALLEY

Australia has been incredibly successful at taking international grape varieties and crafting them into unique, new styles. The Yarra Valley, located in the North East of Melbourne, is one of Australia’s best cool climate wine regions which makes it particularly suited to the production of high-quality grapes. Today, the Yarra Valley has 300 vineyards, and […]