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May
12

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cult wines form an integral aspect of Napa Valley’s identity. They are not about the long history of the valley, its diversity, or its origin in and potential for classicism.

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May
6

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Stony Hill Vineyard

Long before the ‘new’ California took hold Stony Hill, nestled up on Spring Mountain, built its reputation on good-value, subtle, no-new-oak Chardonnay. It’s the ideal counter-narrative that demonstrates Napa is

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Apr
13

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Matthiasson Napa Valley Merlot “Red Hen Vineyard” 2012

Steve Matthiasson is decidedly re-inventing Napa. Making a name for himself at stalwart cellars like Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Spottswoode, David Arthur and Saintsbury. Matthiason’s background is in farming and

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Apr
10

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Larkmead

Of the hundreds of pre-prohibition wineries in Napa Valley, only 5 remained open during the period. Larkmead was one of those wineries. Selling wine for sacramental purposes comprised the above

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Mar
19

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Inglenook

The story of Inglenook is, in many ways, the story of Napa Valley. The winery’s journey through eras and ownership is both emblematic of the big changes California wine has

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Mar
16

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Napa is a challenging place for wine lovers today. The wines are almost inimitably expensive, save Bordeaux. The once storied valley is replete with overripe wines. But, times are changing.

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Apr
30

Spotlight on the Maconnais Wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine Émilian Gillet Viré-Clessé 2012

What I love about the Thevenets is their commitment to the idiosyncrasy of the land and the climate of their unique sites in Quintaine. They elevated the Macon before anyone

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Apr
21

Spotlight on the Maconnais wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine de Roally Viré-Clessé 2014

In a region of over 9,000 growers, it is a shame that so few focus on terroir differences. In this lies the greatness of the three Thevent cuvees – they

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Apr
17

Spotlight on the Maconnais wines of Jean and Gauthier Thevenet: Domaine de la Bongran Viré-Clessé 2010

The Thevenets are a founding family of modern Macon. Long before Lafon and Leroy purchased vineyards in the region, the Thevenets challenged the co-op, mass-production mentality of the Macon, focusing

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Aug
16

Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Graci Etna Bianco 2014

Etna is so hot right now. The white still fly under the radar, though. That is too bad. They are delicious. Graci is part of the so-called “second generation” of