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 World. Dropping gently away to the southeast, the idyllic slope before her offered breathtaking views across the Willamette Valley toward 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 Schramsberg winery in 1862, making it one of Napa Valley’s first hillside vineyards. Jack Davies and his wife, Jamie, acquired Schramsberg in 1965, and made the winery […]
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 Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, acquiring Gowan Creek Vineyard (the first of four properties), where they dubbed their new project Goldeneye Winery—a name that […]
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, the winemaking is in the hands of one man, Michael Silacci, yet the Opus One 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine continues to exhibit the label’s […]
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 these vicissitudes, Château Suduiraut produced wines of such remarkably consistent quality that, in 1855, the estate was designated as a First Growth. Now under the […]
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. Almost three decades later, his portfolio of wines is a veritable sampling of all that Santa Barbara has to offer, though […]
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 simply a monster, coupling thick blackberry and raspberry aromas with intense dark plum and smoked meat.
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 flavors of thick-cut bacon, rich black truffle, crème de cassis, and white pepper make this wine a must-have for holiday sipping.
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 highlights include black tea, viscous framboise, grilled meat, and garrigue, a fragrant type of Mediterranean shrubland composed of lavender, thyme, and oak.