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Pedigree, rather than taste, is often the decisive factor in the commercial success of a fine wine. Nowhere perhaps is this more true than in Champagne. No matter how delicate their texture or subtle...
This year, four Northern California wineries are celebrating their 40th anniversaries—a notable achievement in a competitive Napa-Sonoma world constantly buffeted by the vagaries of nature and...
On July 18, one of the top Riesling producers in the world, Helmut Dönnhoff , will host an exclusive wine tasting at L’Auberge Carmel in California. A limited number of guests will have the chance to...
At Sociètè du Vin , a new wine-collectors’ clubhouse in Bridgehampton, New York, members get private cellars and access to exclusive tasting events. Designed by Hollywood set designer Elvis Restaino...
Winemaking for William Ballentine Jr. has always been a family concern. He began his career tending vines owned by his father, who established Ballentine Vineyards at the foot of Napa’s Howell...
When Joseph Phelps came to the Napa Valley as a construction executive in the late 1960s to oversee a major project, he did not realize that the venture would ultimately lead to a change in career...
Few properties in California’s Napa Valley boast as impressive a succession of winemaking alumni as Vineyard 29, which Teresa Norton and Tom Paine established in 1989 on 3 acres located just...
Serendipity played its part in the evolution of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The first happy accident occurred in 1969, when founder Warren Winiarski met Nathan Fay, the first grower to plant Cabernet...
This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival —anannual food-and-wine event to benefit underprivileged children in Collier County, Fla.—has an exceptional list of rare wines up for auction, and has...
With the warm summer months here, many people are entertaining outside or visiting friends, and Eric Goldstein, co-proprietor and marketing president at Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York, offers...
Domaine Carneros ’ 2005 Le Rêve (“the dream”) by Taittinger ($95) is the 14th vintage of the Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine that Claude Taittinger dreamed of creating in California to match the style...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Master winemakersMay-Britt and Denis Malbec, the husband-and-wife team previously with Château Latour in Bordeaux, have unveiled a series of reds from Captûre Wines in Sonoma County. “Our new red...
‘‘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...
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...
Rare wines and art sit at the top of Cliff Lede’s list of personal passions, but rock music follows closely. Though soft-spoken, the Canadian businessman and owner of Cliff Lede Vineyards has a wild...
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,...
Perfection always entails a precarious balancing act, and in the wine industry especially, achieving that harmonious state requires patience. Fortunately for oenophiles, the late Jess Jackson...
One may be forgiven for assuming that Quilceda Creek is a new player among the world’s elite producers of Cabernet Sauvignon, given that Washington state has seen the establishment of more than 530...
Véronique Drouhin knew she had discovered a special place when, in July 1987, she first crested the remote Oregon hillside that would become home to one of the most respected vineyards in the New...
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...
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...
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...

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