2008

The Amorim family’s fortune had its beginnings among the rambling port lodges that line the hillsides above the Douro River in Porto, but the family did not amass its wealth by making Portugal’s...
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...
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...
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...
Father-and-son winemaking team Alex and Paul Golitzin count among their ancestors Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn—a member of one of Russia’s most distinguished noble houses and the founder of Crimea...
Before embarking upon his own vinous enterprise, Robert Foley produced some 15 vintages for Pride Mountain Vineyards, one of the region’s most alluring labels. He has also lent his gifts to such...
Perhaps one of the most significant events to occur at Maison Louis Jadot since its doors first opened in 1859 will occur at the end of this year, when, after more than four decades, winemaker...
Since 1859, the Gaja Winery in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont, Italy, has been committed to producing fine wines that express the highly individual characters of its vineyards’ varied soils. Yet...
In the minds of most enthusiasts, Médoc is the cradle of Bordeaux. After all, this important region on the Left Bank of the Gironde River is home to four of the great châteaux that received First...
In whichever hemisphere or country Paul Hobbs exercises his purple thumb, the vines prosper. A New York native, the distinguished winemaker began his career in Napa Valley, working for such esteemed...
‘‘My wife’s brother died in California, leaving quite an estate,’’ reads an 1879 letter from Stalham Wing in Napa Valley to a friend in Ohio. His family sent him out to settle affairs, he explains in...
That the flagship offering of Moone-Tsai Winery is not a single-estate wine but a blend of different varietals from different vineyards in some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious growing regions is...
Established in 1956, Pied­montese wine producer Michele Chiarlo is a relative newcomer in comparison to such notable neighbors as Giacomo Conterno, which was founded sometime in the 17th century. Yet...
Only a handful of Napa Valley’s legendary wines have been around for more than a decade or two, most having been introduced in the 1980s and 1990s, when the success of a few Cabernet Sauvignon–based...
In creating the 2008 Ovid Napa Valley ($185), head winemaker Austin Peterson implemented a new technology that allowed him to enhance the wine well before its debut this fall. Developed by Oakland,...
If the taste of a whisky literally reflected the topography of the place where it was made, then one would expect a dram of Laphroaig to be lean, even austere. The south coast of Islay, after all, is...
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...
IN 1981, Deborah and Justin Baldwin purchased 160 acres in the Adelaide hills west of Paso Robles, Calif., intending to produce central coast interpretations of first-growth wines from Bordeaux...
Moulin de Vaudon, the idyllic property on which Joseph Drouhin’s winery in Chablis is located, is home to a converted18th-century mill. Here, Chardonnay grapes from the Drouhin family’s nearby...
For Karen Cakebread, former daughter-in-law of Cakebread Cellars founder Jack Cakebread, creating her own label was a way to honor another branch of her family and pursue her entrepreneurial dreams...
Producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling since 1997, this New Zealand winery located in Central Otago’s Bannockburn region has quickly ascended to superstar status. This Pinot Noir has deep...
A fine architect of crisp whites from Chablis, William Fèvre delivers in this multifaceted 2007 Les Clos delicious flavors of pear, flint, and saddle leather.
This walled vineyard was purchased back in 1826 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot, and its Pinot Noir fruit perfectly represents the style and essence of Maison Jadot. The color of its 2008 vintage is a...
This white is one of the great wines of Chassagne-Montrachet. This vintage was the first in which the Drouhin family added the name of the Morgeot vineyard to the label. The wine saturates the palate...
The Faiveley family produces some of Burgundy’s most consistent wines, but with this release from the 2008 vintage, they have outdone themselves. This red wine has powerful aromas of kirsch, chalky...
This négociant , founded in 1865, had a longstanding reputation for using traditional winemaking methods to produce wines that cellared exceptionally well. The firm, however, was sold several years...
The son of Alexis Lichine—a leading figure of 20th-century winemaking—Sacha Lichine, proprietor of Château d’Esclans, has raised industry eyebrows with his unwavering dedication to crafting the world...
Bouchard has some of the best vineyard holdings in all of Burgundy, but the microplot called La Cabotte may be the n é gociant' s very best. This wine has notes of lily flowers, ripe lush peach, and...
The Clos Pepe vineyard in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills is home to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with distinct Burgundian characteristics. Named for the stone wall (or clos) that surrounds it,...
Grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands’ famed Pisoni Vineyard, this fine Pinot Noir combines rich red and black plum, candied black cherry, and raspberry with a soft bouquet of rose petals and...

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