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906, 2024

McGrail Vineyards: Blood, Sweat and Cabernet in Livermore Valley

By |June 9, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Angela Spiller Forget the farm and ranching – the McGrail family’s story in Livermore Valley isn’t rooted in generations of tradition, but a love for open land and a nudge from a local winemaking legend. […]

306, 2024

Bluestone Vineyard: The Embrace of Place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

By |June 3, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Bluestone Vineyard Lee Hartman dreamt of unearthing forgotten stories, his history degree a passport to the past. But fate, it seemed, had a different vintage in mind. What began as a teenage curiosity – a small vineyard planted with his parents – would blossom into a life-altering harvest.  […]

2805, 2024

Beyond Pinot: Fullerton Wines Unconventional Take on Willamette Valley

By |May 28, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Fullerton family. Credit: Josh Chang Fullerton Wines wasn’t born overnight. It began as a shared vision, amongst Alex and Eric Fullerton for several years. It wasn’t until a successful garage experiment in 2011 that the dream ignited into a call to action. […]

1405, 2024

Somnium: From Checkered Flags to Napa Wine Country

By |May 14, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Will Bucquoy The thrill of the race had been Danica Patrick’s  life’s blood, the scream of engines and the blur of the finish line her world. Yet, in the quiet sanctuary of the Culinary Institute of America, a different kind of passion ignited. Here, Danica discovered the artistry of cuisine, a world where the ingredients alluded to secrets of lands far and wide, where every dish was an adventure. […]

1704, 2024

Sabar Wine Estate – ‘A small hill of great wines’

By |April 17, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Founded in 2009 by Gábor Ádám, Sabar Wine Estate is a small producer – only 7 hectares – located on Sabar Hill (hence the name) in the Badacsony wine region, part of the Lake Balaton area. […]

1404, 2024

From Gold Rush to Grape Crush: The Remarkable Transformation of Valley View Winery in Southern Oregon

By |April 14, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Valley View Winery Eight-year-old Mark Wisnovsky wasn’t chasing fireflies in the twilight. He was knee-deep in damp soil, his small hands carefully helping his father plant the first vines on what would become Valley View Winery. His younger brother, Michael, toddled alongside, mirroring Mark’s movements with a small shovel – already captivated by the magic swirling around them. […]

1004, 2024

Németh János Pincészet

By |April 10, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

While the family’s winemaking tradition in the Iván Valley of Hungary’s Szekszárd region dates back four generations, János Németh is considered one of the area's young, up-and-coming producers.

904, 2024

Stina Cuvée Red 2022 – ‘Stina is Brač and Brač is Stina’

By |April 9, 2024|Categories: Digest, Industry, Marketing and Sales, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

”Brač stone. It’s so special and inspiring. Some turn it into a song, some a sculpture, we into wine.” – Stina […]

304, 2024

TILIA Estate – House of Pinots and More

By |April 3, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

TILIA Estate in Potoče, Vipava Valley – in Slovenia’s Primorska region – was founded in 1996. […]

2803, 2024

Delta Breeze Magic: How Wind Shapes Clarksburg’s Award-Winning Vintages at Fellow Wines

By |March 28, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Fellow Wines The story of Fellow Wines of Clarksburg begins with the Ogilvie family’s agricultural journey in the early 20th century. David Ogilvie’s great-grandfather, George Wilson, and a friend, James Wadsworth, bought two parcels of land in Clarksburg in 1921. […]

2503, 2024

Erdevik Estate – ‘A synergy of traditional and modern winemaking’

By |March 25, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Erdevik Estate’s single vineyard block of 40 hectares is located on the 45th parallel in Serbia’s Fruška Gora region (like Bordeaux in France and Piedmont in Italy). […]

1903, 2024

Calla Lily Estate and Winery: Bloomed from a Dream in the Napa Valley

By |March 19, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Calla Lily Estate & Winery Located in the serene Pope Valley of Napa Valley, Calla Lily Estate & Winery showcases a unique origin story. Unlike the planned ventures that dot the region, Calla Lily emerged from a chance encounter. Winemaker Cary Gott stumbled upon a complete, state-of-the-art winery with established vineyards – a hidden diamond in the rough just waiting to be unearthed. […]

1703, 2024

Don Melchor – ‘One story, one terroir, one wine’

By |March 17, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, Commentary, Digest, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As Viña Don Melchor celebrates the release of its 2021 vintage – its 35th – I had the opportunity to meet, taste with, and interview Enrique Tirado, the technical director (director of winemaking) and CEO of this iconic, singular wine for the past 27 years – at Napa’s Compline restaurant in January 2024. […]

1503, 2024

Péter Pincészet – ‘Tokaj is my region. It is home.’

By |March 15, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Located in Hungary’s Tokaj-Hegyalja region on the border between the villages of Tokaj and Tarcal, family owned and operated Péter Pincészet five hectares of vineyards, including Thurzó, Mézes-mály, Bige, Mogyorós, Mester-Völgy, Lónyai, and Kövesd.

1103, 2024

From Buffalo Blizzards to Oregon Bliss: Rob Stuart’s Winemaking Journey to Success (and Pinot Perfection!) in the Willamette Valley

By |March 11, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: R. Stuart & Co. Winery The crisp bite of a Buffalo winter couldn’t have been further from the summer sun-drenched vineyards of Oregon’s wine country. Yet, it was amidst those snowy landscapes that a young Rob Stuart first encountered a life-altering glass of wine. […]

403, 2024

Tajna Rizling Vlašský Zobor 2022

By |March 4, 2024|Categories: Marketing and Sales, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In 2008, husband and wife Rastislav Demeš and Anetta Demešová purchased and began replanting one of Slovakia’s historic vineyards in the Nitra region and Vrábel district – whose winegrowing tradition dates back to the 12th century – naming the winery Tajna (secret in Slovak), after the nearby village of Tajná. […]

303, 2024

How Nysa Vineyard Uses Nature’s Gifts to Create Unforgettable Wines in the Willamette Valley

By |March 3, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

What does it take to make a world-class Pinot Noir? For Michael Mega, the founder and winemaker of Nysa Vineyard, it takes a vision, a tenacity, and a love affair with wine that started in college and took him across the globe. In 1990, he planted his first vines in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, fulfilling his dream of creating his own family-owned vineyard and winery.

2902, 2024

Marcelo Papa – Amelia and Marqués de Casa Concha

By |February 29, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In fall of 2023, the team at Viña Concha y Toro USA/Bonterra Organic Estates  – which represents and imports the Chilean wines into the United States – invited me to lunch at Napa’s Compline restaurant to dine and chat with longtime esteemed winemaker Marcelo Papa, the Technical Director (Director of Winemaking) overseeing two of the company’s most prestigious portfolios, Amelia and Marqués de Casa Concha.

2602, 2024

Fekete Pince Somló – The Fekete fkt ‘Gábor’ Hárslevelű is a golden elixir, vibrant and layered

By |February 26, 2024|Categories: Digest, Industry, Marketing and Sales, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Located in Hungary’s smallest appellation along the southern slope of the magnificent hill of Somló, the 4.3-hectare vineyard and winery is a true gem. Founded by the 1970s by Béla Fekete – the ‘Grand Old Man of Somló’ – and today led by Gábor Riesz – Fekete is committed to honoring the farming and vinification methods of ‘Uncle Béla’ while adding new twists to its flagship white wine varieties, Hárslevelű, Furmint, Olaszrizling, and Juhfark.

2502, 2024

Cliff Lede Vineyards: The Winery Where Music, Art, and Wine Collide in Napa Valley

By |February 25, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, California, Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

Credit: Bob McClenahan Cliff Lede’s journey to Napa Valley winemaking began rather unexpectedly, sparked by his grandmother’s home winemaking hobby in Edmonton, Canada.  A transformative visit to Napa Valley on a business trip in the 1990s during his construction career sealed the deal. […]

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