Wines

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...
California wine connoisseurs, mark your calendars: March 2 is the start of the third annual Berkeley Wine Festival at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, Calif. The festival will honor...
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...
On a recent evening in midtown Manhattan, while sipping Krug Champagne in the Petrossian restaurant dining room, a group of Robb Report readers learned about the origin of the Petrossian family’s...
To ring in the New Year, the three winemaking branches of the Rothschild family are introducing Champagne to the U.S. market. The three varietals, aptly named the Barons de Rothschild Brut, Blanc de...
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,...
The GIFT A four-day visit for three couples to Oporto, Portugal, hosted by the Fladgate Partnership. A dinner featuring Taylor Fladgate vintage ports from 1924, 1928, 1935, 1963, 1977, and 1994;...
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...
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...
As the son of oil magnate Jean Paul Getty, Gordon Getty might easily have allowed circumstances to dictate his direction in life. Yet he spent much of his youth exploring his own interests, which...
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...
Rich, extracted, full of fresh acidity, and rife with wild-honey, spice, and ginger notes, the Raats Family 2009 Chenin Blanc is powerful, elegant, and uniquely South African. Part of what makes...
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...
A decade and a half ago, Santa Barbara County’s wine industry went through a period of adjustment, as many vintners who had attempted to replicate Napa Valley’s success with Bordeaux-style wines...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Burgundy’s rulers were often as treacherous as the region’s erratic weather. In 1440, Louis XI, then the dauphin, joined an uprising that sought to unseat his father, Charles VII, and place him on...
During the 19th and 20th centuries, France and Germany vied for control of Alsace, until the Treaty of Versailles made its people citizens of the French Republic in 1919. Patriotic Frenchmen may...
Over the course of the last decade and a half, critics’ preference for bigger, riper wines with higher levels of alcohol has reshaped the oenological landscape. Even white wines have undergone...
Family-owned houses in Champagne sadly have become as rare as some of the region’s most exquisite têtes de cuvées as, one by one, the establishments are absorbed by large corporations. Of the handful...
A long and storied history can imbue an estate with a certain appeal that the imagination of the wine drinker attributes to the wine itself. There is a certain reverence and not a little awe that...
In 1862, German immigrant Jacob Schram bought a good-sized property outside the town of Calistoga, Calif., where he constructed an elaborate Victorian home, dug cellars, and planted Riesling—a...
Kenzo Tsujimoto, the chairman and CEO of video-gaming giant Capcom Inc., decided 20 years ago to provide himself with a very different form of entertainment from that which fans of Resident Evil and...
Though few acknowledge the fact, California vintners’ reputations tend to rest on their reds, which is perhaps why Sir Peter Michael, who has made a career of taking on challenges, launched his label...
In 1999, epicures Weezie and Launny Steffens succumbed to the disease that strikes so many visitors to Napa Valley: They were bitten by the winemaking bug. The difference between the Steffens and...
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...
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...

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