New & Noteworthy

One of the first wines of note to emerge from the now-bustling Paso Robles region on California’s Central Coast was a wine called Isosceles, a Pauillac-style blend of Cabernet Sau­vignon, Merlot, and...
Master sommelier Greg Harrington is among those pioneering members of his profession who, in the past decade, have transitioned from buying and pouring fine wine to making it themselves. The wine...
Mark Aubert’s career has been a peripatetic one. After succeeding celebrated winemaker Helen Turley at Peter Michael Winery, where for nine years he produced magnificent Chardonnays and ethereally...
Although Calistoga is home to what is perhaps Napa Valley’s most fabled and historic vineyard, the region was only very recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as an...
In the early 1970s, when Denis Horgan acquired Leeuwin Estate, now one of Australia’s most important viticultural properties, there was not a vine in sight: It was a cattle ranch. Working with...
Both practical and visionary, Joseph Krug founded Champagne Krug in Reims, France, in 1843 to pursue his dream of creating a perfect Champagne through meticulous blending of a range of outstanding...
The Haag family has been producing wines in the Middle Mosel region for 400 years, during which time the reputation of its wines and, for that matter, the prices have steadily grown. Napoléon...
In an era when so many legendary wine labels belong to multinational corporations, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave stands apart, not only for the decadent beauty of its incomparable wines, but also for the...
Though white wines of epic grace and beauty come from such regions as Alsace, the Rhône, Austria, Germany, California, and Oregon, nowhere does the Chardonnay grape develop the combination of...
From the ages of ancient Sumeria and classical Greece to the present day, human beings have treated wine as everything from a religious totem to an art form. The mystic and romantic connotations we...
Chateau Ste. Michelle is not only the oldest winery in Wash­ington State, but also the largest. While greater size does not usually connote greater quality, this estate consistently proves itself to...
Nothing about Darioush, one of Napa Valley’s most impressive wineries, is restrained. The building is an epic structure of glass and Persian travertine that rises up from among rows of impeccably...
Since 1997, when Merry Edwards cofounded Merry Edwards Wines, she has focused her talents on perfecting that most persnickety of varietals, Pinot Noir. She has produced superb Sonoma Coast and...
Schramsberg was founded in 1862 by a tenacious German immigrant named Jacob Schram, who planted vineyards in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga. By the 1880s, he had built a winery, which Robert Louis...
Russians invented vodka centuries ago, but the U.S. government only recognized the clear spirit (which was deemed odorless and tasteless) as a separate spirit category in 1951. Since then, distillers...
Japan is the second-largest producer of single-malt whiskey in the world; however, its whiskeys have only recently become known in America, primarily in the form of Suntory distillery’s Yamazaki 12-...
Although we tend to think of bourbon as robust and Cognac as more refined, these two brown spirits share many traits. Their production is heavily regulated; both are aged in oak barrels; and each has...
The final creation of Courvoisier’s master blender Jean-Marc Olivier before he retired in 2009, L’Essence de Courvoisier ( www.courvoisier.com , $3,000) was created in collaboration with Olivier’s...
The Speyside Distillery owned by William Grant & Sons has released the second version of an incredible single malt: The Balvenie 40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Batch Two ( www.thebalvenie...
Not since the 1977 launch of the Cent-Cinquantenaire that celebrated Grand Marnier’s 150th anniversary has there been a liqueur from the Marnier Lapostolle family of such depth and thoroughly...
One might wonder whether Highland Park could match the quality of its 40-year-old Orcadian Limited Edition Series 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which won last year’s Best of the Best tribute, but...
To make a superb extra añejo —a tequila aged three years or longer—requires not only a superb añejo but also an equally superb blanco , for they all emanate from the same distillate. Last year,...
Typically, single-malt Scotch is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and used sherry casks. But in 1994, Glenmorangie—the best-selling single malt in Scotland—began releasing the results of experiments with...
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 ( www.myfathercigars.com , $16) is produced solely by Garcia himself, president of My Father Cigars and son of famed Cuban expatriate master...
The understated red-and-black band of Tatuaje Fausto ( www.tatuajecigars.com , $8 to $8.75) gives no hint of the strength that lurks within its Ecuadoran Habano maduro wrapper. But combined with a...
With its spicy Sumatran binder and Honduran and Panamanian filler, Alec Bradley Black Market ( www.alecbradley.com , $7.40 to $8) provides a smooth, creamy smoke that immediately grabs your attention...
This is not the first time Padrón cigars have been honored with a Best of the Best accolade, and we suspect it will not be the last. With the well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the family’s farms...
Last year, at the end of a black-tie dinner, Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 100 Years Geneva ( www.davidoff.com , $22) to its top domestic retailers. The presentation was surprisingly low-key,...
The pigtailed Nicaraguan puro Domus Magnus ( www.sagimports.com , $8.95 to $9.95) —whose name derives from the Latin translation of Casa Magna, one of the Quesada family’s most popular brands—is...
If there is proof that big things come in small packages, it is the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro ($6.75), a diminutive figurado measuring only 4 inches in length, with a ring gauge of...

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