Daily Archives: June 25, 2022

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/19/22

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig through the pile of wine samples that show up asking to be tasted. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This past week included a handful of wines from a winery that prefers to be …

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Prosecco At its Finest: Highlights From My Recent Trip

In early May, at the invitation of the Consorzio di Tutela Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG I returned to the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region of Italy for the first time in more than 17 years. My previous visit was to attend a wedding, and while we did a little bit of wine tasting at the time, I was more focused on connecting with …

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Winemaker Interview Series – Christian Tietje from Anarchy Winery

During our interview on May 4, we had a chance to catch up with Christian Tietje. I first met Christian many years ago during the early days of the Boston Wine Expo. Christian and Billy Grant were enlightening the world with their Four Vines and Freak Show wines. These days, Christian is the winemaker […] The post Winemaker Interview Series …

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2020 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Here’s another favorite from the Kirkland wine portfolio that is also one of the best values in the store, especially for fans of Washington State reds. Long time readers will know we are huge fans of Washington State wines. Bang for the buck, they are hard to beat. We were thrilled to bump into this new 2020 vintage and we …

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Exploring Whisky Series: Inside the Lowlands

Auchentoshan Distillery Wind the clock back to the early 1990s and there were only two malt whisky distilleries left in the Lowlands of Scotland. Auchentoshan sat in Clydebank, to the northwest of Glasgow, while Glenkinchie lay beyond Edinburgh in East Lothian. Then, something magical happened. Having yo-yoed between being open and closed for 200 years, Bladnoch distillery in Galloway returned …

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10 reasons to drink English sparkling wine

Almost exactly 30 years ago, when I was starting out as a wine writer, an editor sent me to a tasting of English wines on the outskirts of London. I remember a rundown village hall, trestle tables and a line-up of wines that was decidedly patchy. Most were still, not sparkling. A few showed potential; a white blossom whiff, a …

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Vinography Images: Pile of Rocks

Lake Sonoma sits as a backdrop of blue against the vineyards of the Rockpile AVA in Sonoma County. Known for its robust and fruit-forward Zinfandels, Rockpile may be California’s most sparsely planted AVA, covering 15,000 acres of which only 160 are planted. The AVA features shallow iron-oxide soils, and elevations that push above the fog layer, making for very warm …

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