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In 2005, Tim Perr and Scott Knight—insurance executives from Pacific Palisades, Calif., who share an interest in wine—embarked on second careers as New World négociants . Pooling their resources,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Success can sometimes be achieved by accident, but greatness requires deliberate effort. Certainly the late Jess Jackson understood this, though he once jokingly remarked to me that the success of...
Cultivating quality has been a way of life for Jeff Gargiulo. The proprietor of Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation built his family’s company, Gargiulo Inc., into the nation’s...
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...
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...
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...
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...
When winemaker Rick Longoria decided to step out on his own in 1982, he chose to focus initially on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, producing small quantities of each with fruit sourced from Santa Maria...
In the 1960s, Don Chappellet and his wife, Molly, pursuing their dream of making fine wine, purchased land on Pritchard Hill located 1,200 feet above Lake Hennessey. The elevation of the vineyards...
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...
The traditional winemaking methods of Portugal’s Douro Valley and those of Pauillac inBordeaux, like the two region’s climates, could not differ more. Yet, in 1999, the Symington family, producers of...
The 845-acre estate located on Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain began as three wineries, starting with the original stone winery built by Charles Lemme in 1873, bought by the Schilling family in the...
Although the Davies family launched its Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with the 2001 vintage, the wine has a long history. The vineyard’s original owners, Jacob and Annie Schramand, founded...
From vintage to vintage, this Sangiovese is consistently one of Tuscany’s top wines. The elegance and grace of the latest release—which shows flavors of sweet cherry, baked earth, white smoke, and...
Bruno and Marcello Ceretto carry on the tradition begun over 70 years ago by their father, Riccardo, and are known for their sublime bottles of Barolo and Barbaresco. This particular Barolo features...
The star of Ribera del Duero, Vega Sicilia has been in the possession of the Alvarez family since 1982. Most connoisseurs regard this as Spain’s greatest winery and Unico—which is aged for a minimum...
This incomparable producer owns vineyards in the Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, and Barbaresco regions of Piedmont. Those who admire the massive flavors and incredible balance of Giacosa’s wines will...
António José da Silva bought this estate in 1894 and painstakingly replanted the vineyards—an effort that paid off handsomely with the 1931 vintage, which many consider to be the century’s finest...
Vieille Julienne was purchased in 1905 by the forefathers of Jean-Paul Daumen, the current owner. The vines in the producer’s vineyards have an average age of over 60 years, and the grapes are grown...
Founded in Ribera del Duero by Peter Sisseck in 1995, Pingus produces this wine in frustratingly minuscule quantities. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest wines in the world, this Tempranillo...
Named for a 14th-century wine jug found in Avignon, Domaine du Pegau is owned and operated by the legendary Feraud family, who have overseen its vineyards for multiple generations. This wine is...
Named for the inhabitants of Numancia, who defeated the Romans in the first century B.C., Bodega Numanthia Termes in Toro produces this 100 percent Tempranillo (Tinto de Toro) from vineyards located...
In 1946, Étienne Guigal established this domaine, which is now under the direction of his son, Marcel. Guigal produces stunning cuvées from both northern and southern Rhône appellations. Dazzling...
Family owned since 1822, Fonseca continues to be admired by collectors as one of the finest port houses. Head winemaker David Guimaraens, the great-great-great-grandson of founder Manoel Pedro...
The late Paul Avril’s son, Vincent, is in charge of this venerable estate, where he carries on his family’s traditions brilliantly. This wine has almost too many attributes to list; nevertheless, its...

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