Try a ‘Super Tuscan’ at an affordable price

The personality of Italian wines continues to evolve in the American market, with a growing number of IGT, or Indicazione Geografica Tipica, wines, better know as “Super Tuscans.” The IGT designation means a wine represents the typical geographic characteristics of the region where it is …

2 California Chardonnays that express French personalities

HdV winery is a collaboration between the Hyde family of Carneros and the de Villaine family of Burgundy, France. Larry Hyde’s cousin, Pamela Fairbanks de Read More

A bottle your valentine will fall in love with

Valentine’s Day will provide the perfect opportunity to express your affection and share in a sensual red from Italy. The dark-skinned Brachetto grape originated in Read More

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Sparkle in the New Year


A celebration approaches as we enter the New Year. This may not be the only time to indulge in a sparkling wine, but it is one of the most festive occasions to exalt with a glass of bubbly. Most are unfamiliar with the endless number …

12 wines of Christmas


The holidays are a great time of year to enjoy wines suited for the winter months. Here are 12 that wine critic W. Peter Hoyne believes are a good fit for the Christmas season.

Tis the season for good wine


Considering what wine to serve with your holiday meal? Consult an expert.

Unique wine gifts for the holidays


Two novel items came to market this year that will extend your enjoyment of wines through the holidays and well into the new year. These may be the perfect stocking stuffers for the serious wine lover. How often have you opened a slightly more expensive …

Three classics from Chianti Classico


Francesco Ricasoli’s attention to detail with replanting, vineyard management and modernization of the Barone Ricasoli winery has elevated the status of Ricasoli wines and their recognition in the world market.

Passionate about Pinot


Explore the rolling landscape of Dundee Hills in Oregon, one of Willamette Valley’s six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), and you will discover more than the geology. What makes this region unique is the dedicated and enterprising families who are committed to pursuing the perfection of …

Celebrating the ‘bounty of Sonoma’


Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood, Calif., was the epicenter of jubilation over the Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. A Rio-like carnival atmosphere provided the backdrop for the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, which energized nearly 600 people to bid a historic, record breaking $1.4 …

Ricasoli classics and Chianti Classico


Chianti is a term referring to a homogenous style of wines grown in a wide swatch of Tuscany, while Chianti Classico is very specific in its geographic zone and taste profile.

Experience the Mondavi legacy


Robert Mondavi founded his winery in Napa Valley in 1966, intent on making wines in the company of the great wines of the world,

A memorable Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley


The 2010 Davis Family Vineyards “Soul Patch” Pinot Noir is among wine critic Bill Hoyne’s five most memorable Pinot Noirs of all time.

Wine represents maker and her “offspring”


The 2011 Crios Torrontes, from Argentenia, is a bit more restrained than other Torrontes, with a faint spicy floral aroma.

A worldly celebration of Pinot Noir


There are few locations in the world where you can fully immerse yourself in the culture and attitude of finely crafted Pinot Noir. In the United States this sweet spot is Willamette Valley, Oregon. On July 26-28 the 27th International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) commenced …

A Sauvignon with plenty of charm


Miles MacDonald and Ryan MacDonald make up the brother-sister duo at Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation. While both grew up on the estate when young, Miles pursued an MBA at Boston College and Ryan obtained her JD from Stanford Law School before …

A Rosé by any other name, is still refreshing


It’s summer once again and it’s obvious that Rosé wines have become fashionable in the Midwest. Although they have had a presence in the market for many years there was always some reluctance to embrace this style over the classic whites of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay …

A tame and supple red from Sicily


Sicilian reds are less well known than the northern Italian wines of Tuscany or Piedmont, yet Sicily is Italy’s largest island with more vineyards than any other region in the country. Evidence has it that the cultivation of grapes and winemaking has surrounded Sicily since …