GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau, a white wine grape variety, is a cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale created in 1882 by Swiss botanist Hermann Muller (from the canton of Thurgau). The intention was to combine the intensity and complexity of the Riesling grape with the ability to ripen earlier that the Silvaner grape possesses. Although the resulting grape […]

WINE LEGEND: Brunello di Montalcino Il Grappolo 1999

Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s most favored wines, traces its roots to the 19th century when local farmers began experimenting  with a native grape “Brunello” (a variety of Sangiovese) cultivated in the surrounding territory. The delectable wine produced from this fruit can be aged for years, richly enhancing its value. The founding father of […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Baden, Germany

Baden is the southernmost and third-largest wine region in Germany. Baden’s climate is warm, with plenty of sunshine, unlike that of any other German wine region, and so the grapes develop differently. Baden is the only German wine region climatically comparable to France’s Loire Valley and Alsace. Baden has many different soil types, ranging from […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON WELSCHRIESLING

Welschriesling is a white wine grape variety grown throughout central and eastern Europe. The variety is relatively easy to grow, although it has a preference for dry climates and warm soils. In warmer climates Welschriesling is productive and has its characteristic high acidity, which mostly results in a light, fairly neutral wine. In the warm, […]

WINE LEGEND: Castello di Ama l’Apparita 1996

“The cult Merlot from Tuscany” The Castello di Ama l’Apparita 1996 is a red wine from Tuscany produced by Castello di Ama with the best Merlot grapes of the vintage. Castello di Ama is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. It is one of the most highly regarded producers in the region, […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Burgenland, Austria

Burgenland is an Austrian wine-producing region located in the easternmost part of the country and  known for producing some of the richest and most full-bodied red wines in Austria. The primary grape varieties here are Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt.  The geography of Burgenland is noteworthy. It is located on the famous Pannonian Plain in Central Europe. […]

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 […]

WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia is Argentina’s wine region. As a desert region with its cool, dry climate, it’s well suited to producing elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Malbec. Vineyards are located between 300 and 500 meters above sea level in the higher lands. The classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON VERDICCHIO

Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety cultivated primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. It grows best in well drained soils of sand and limestone, has high acidity and typically a delicate bouquet. Marche has two DOC titles for Verdicchio wines: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Verdicchio is a […]

WINE LEGEND: Lynch Bages 1989

“What a great vintage of Lynch Bages!” – Robert Parker 1989 was unanimously agreed upon as being the finest Bordeaux vintage since 1982. An unusually warm and dry growing season in Bordeaux, 1989 saw an early harvest throughout the region and produced wines full of potential for aging, with acidity, fruit and tannins in harmony. […]