Wines

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...
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...
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...
After acquiring 160 acres of land in the Adelaide hills west of Paso Robles, Calif., Deborah and Justin Baldwin established Justin Vineyards, which became one of the pioneering wine enterprises in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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