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  1. Though the Chapoutier family traces its roots in France’s Rhône region back more than 200 years to 1808, when the clan first settled in Tain l’Hermitage, the esteemed maison we know today was, in...
  2. The British-named port houses we know today have their origins in trade, not just of wine, but of other necessities as well. The merchants who captained these concerns bartered wool and other...
  3. Though Burgundy’s most fabled producer holds property in seven different grand cru vineyards, the domaine’s identity is inextricably intertwined in the minds of admirers with the 4.5 acres of earth...
  4. Though Piedmont produces several red and white wines, Italy’s premier region has but one superstar varietal, Nebbiolo, and its two most important appellations, Barolo and Barbaresco, are located only...
  5. One of the happiest moments in Italian viticulture occurred when Mar­chese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, an enthusiastic convert to the great wines of Bordeaux, decided to plant Bordelaise varietals...
  6. If Penfolds, founded in 1844, embodies Australia’s winemaking past, then Two Hands Wines represents that country’s ever more promising future. In contrast to Europe and California—where most vintners...
  7. In the early 1990s, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, owners of Duckhorn Vineyards, the couple searched for vineyards that would enable them to pursue the perfect Pinot Noir. They settled on territory in...
  8. Several years ago, attorney Bob Finkelstein mentioned to his friend Steve Wynn that his clients, the family of Frank Sinatra, were exploring possible business ventures, among them a restaurant and a...
  9. Franco-American alliance Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, and Robert Mondavi yielded the first New World “cult” wine, Opus One, in 1978. More than three decades later...
  10. Since the 16th century, when Leonard de Suduiraut married Nicole d’Allard, the estate in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux that bears the groom’s surname has changed hands many times. Despite...

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