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Interesting Marlborough: Fromm, single-vineyard pioneers

Fromm is an important winery for Marlborough, because they were one of the first to champion single vineyards in the region. They are also unusual in that in a white wine-dominated area, their focus is on reds. But they have had to cave into export demand by making a Sauvignon that’s fairly typically Marlborough in [...]

Taylor Swift Fans Boo as She Avoids Them at Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

It has been a big week for Taylor Swift. Today she released her latest single, “Ready for It?” from her sixth album. The song comes after mixed reception to her single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” and that wacky music video for the song that debuted at the VMAs.But ... More »

Friday Lunchtime Links: Does FasTrak Owe You Money?

Skydiver crashes in vineyard, East Bay homelessness surge, Trump's single iPhone app. [ more › ]

Gallo March Back Into Napa

9 months agoFood & Drink / Wine : Vinography

On 23 March E & J Gallo Winery, America's largest winery and the second largest wine company in the world, announced what was for some, shocking news. The company had paid an undisclosed sum for the Stagecoach vineyard, the single largest...Show More Summary

Marqués de Murrieta Dalmau 2009 Rioja, Spain

This is a single vineyard wine from leading Rioja producer Marques de Murrieta. It’s a selection from the 60 year-old Canajas vineyard, which is part of the 300 hectare Ygay estate surrounding the winery in the south of Rioja Alta. Altitude us 465 m, and the varietal breakdown is 74% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and [...]

Tyrrell’s HVD Semillon 2010 Hunter Valley

Hunter Semillon. One of the wine world’s most distinctive wine styles. This is a good one: the single vineyard HVD from Tyrrell’s with six years’ bottle age. Just beginning to hit its stride. The HVD Vineyard was planted by the Hunter Valley Distillery Company, and the oldest vines here were planted in 1908. It was [...]

Review: Gary Farrell 2014 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Iconic Russian River winery Gary Farrell is out with its 2014 vintage wines, a chardonnay and a pinot noir. These are both the entry-level bottlings; single vineyard options abound if you want to go upscale. Let’s taste! 2014 Gary Farrell… Continue reading ?

Shannon Ridge 2012 “Single Vineyard Collection” Tempranillo, Lake County

Shannon Ridge is a Lake County winery that is best known for it’s Petite Sirah blends. It’s Morine Ranch vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, but they also cultivate an interesting collection of French, Italian, and Spanish grapes; This...Show More Summary

Review: 2014 Owsley Single Block Pinot Noir

Sonoma-Cutrer has been quietly producing a “grand cru” inspired pinot noir from its own prized Owsley Vineyard for four years, bottling it of course under the name of Owsley. This isn’t a second label — it’s kind of a zeroth label,… Continue reading ?

If we don't act now, all future wars may be as horrific as Aleppo | Paul Mason

In the world’s war zones, medical facilities are being routinely bombed by Americans, Russians and Saudis. We need more than words from the UN to end this scandal A single day of fighting in June 1859, among the vineyards and villages near Lake Garda, left 40,000 Italian, French and Austrian soldiers dead or wounded. Show More Summary

Something Old + Something Blue, This Wedding Does Tradition to a T

A destination wedding at one of our favorite vineyards? Major. Having the massively talented Clary Pfeiffer Photography on hand to capture every single second? Monumental. It’s details like those that make this stunning celebration all the more magical. Complete with a chic heirloom ring, Meant to Be Calligraphy, and a modern day ‘something blue’, we’ve […]

Warm Up: Single Vineyard Expressions in Barolo

By Erin Scala. In the first half of the 1900s, producers in Barolo generally blended wines from different vineyards and bottled them together. In addition to the levels of complexity that you'd get from the subtle differences in ripeness...Show More Summary

Nyetimber Tillington Single Vineyard 2010: an exciting new release (with video)

Nyetimber, one of the UK’s most celebrated sparkling wine producers, has released the new vintage of its Tillington Single Vineyard, the 2010. At around £75 a bottle, this is ambitiously priced, but the debut 2009 was very well received. I reviewed it back in September 2013. So, how is the 2010? I think it’s quite [...]

Craven Syrah Faure Vineyard 2014 Stellenbosch, South Africa

This is interesting. It’s from Craven Wines, which is a new project from Mick and Jeanine Craven that focuses on single vineyard wines from special sites in Stellenbosch. The approach is to pick early enough so that there’s proper terroir expression, and work with native ferments and older oak to encourage the site to shine [...]

Thistledown Thorny Devil Grenache 2014 Barossa, Australia

This wine is made by Giles Cooke and Fergal Tynan of Alliance Wine, in conjunction with Aussie winemaker Peter Leske. It’s a single vineyard, old vine Grenache from the Barossa, and it captures the more Pinot-like side of this variety, which I think is a good thing. Winemaking is small batch, with open fermenters, hand [...]

Some wine with Ken Forrester

Had dinner with Ken Forrester and tried a few of his wines. Ken is the dude. Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2014 Stellenbosch, South Africa So impressed with this: inexpensive and deliciously drinkable. Single vineyard, 120 tons, Vin7 yeast. Fruity, generous and ripe with nice clean, ripe, sweet black fruits. Stylish and quite elegant. 88/100 Ken Forrester Renegade 2011 [...]

Gamay focus, 4 – Julien Sunier Fleurie 2013

Julien Sunier is one of the rising stars of Beaujolais. He makes wines naturally from organically managed vineyards, and this is a brilliant expression of Gamay. It’s from a single 2.4 hectare vineyards named ‘Niagara’. It’s a steep slope that can only be managed manually (he quips on his excellent website that those who work here [...]

Vinteloper Odeon Pinot Noir 2012 Adelaide Hills

Dave Bowley, the Vinteloper, came round to dinner. And he bought this: one of the best Australian Pinot Noirs that I have tasted. It’s from a single Vineyard in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills that was planted in 1986. The slope faces east; the clone is  D5V12; the elevation is 550m. Winemaking: pigeage by hand & foot, wild [...]

MUNCHIES Presents: Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier, possibly the single most influential living figure in the world of wine takes us on a whirlwind wine tour from his personal cellar to a tasting of Spain’s greatest wine to the Dorset vineyard where he’s making English bubbly that upstages Champagne.

Development Watch: Six Enormous Megamansions Are On the Way at Billion-Dollar Hilltop Property in Beverly Crest

The 157-acre hilltop event space in Beverly Crest known as Vineyard Beverly Hills was put up for sale earlier this year with a website advertising that the owners were hoping for a single buyer looking to come forward with...

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