Daily Archives: October 15, 2022

Paso Garagiste Festival: November 12, Paso Robles

One of my favorite pastimes involves tasting wines made by small winemakers who either are just beginning their journeys to becoming more established, or those who are deliberately small and will always remain that way. By deliberately small, I mean they make a couple of hundred cases of wine, have no tasting room, and no vineyards to their name. California is …

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Douloufakis: One of Crete’s Outstanding, Pioneering Wineries

Nikos Douloufakis Located in the village of Dafnes just south of Heraklion and east of the Psiloritis mountain range with vineyards at 350-400m, Douloufakis is one of Crete’s best producers. Nikos Douloufakis (shown here), the pioneer of Vidiano, now regarded as the best white variety of Crete, produces wines from about 30 ha of both indigenous and international varieties.  Annual …

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Wine Reviews: Autumnal Selections

Autumn is in full swing, and I am loving it. I’ve been enjoying cool morning birdwatching walks, seeing the leaves start to change and evenings spent cooking up soups, stews and braised meat dishes after a long summer. I’m looking forward to hosting friends and family over the coming weeks, and, of course, planning some wines to share. I’m always …

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F. Tornatore Etna White Pietrarizzo 2021 $60 (92 points)

A compact, light- to medium-bodied white, this shows a firm spine of acidity while remaining creamy and supple in texture. Opens in the glass, with fruit flavors of creamed apple, mandarin orange peel and kiwi, while accents of elderflower and salted almond gain momentum to sing on the finish. Carricante and Catarratto. Best from 2023 through 2028. 1,583 cases made, …

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Pleiades XXVIII Old Vines California NV (2022) $25 (90 points)

This has sweet maraschino cherry flavors that mingle effortlessly with aromatic clove, cardamom, bittersweet chocolate and a core of blackberry puree, with a touch of sage and bay leaf lingering on the seamless finish. Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Drink now. 5,657 cases made. Source : 56a521b072aada57c2af213c88119846

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