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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. […]

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.

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). […]

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.

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. […]

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.

1902, 2024

Benedek Pince – Third-generation winemaker Péter Benedek carries on his family’s legacy

By |February 19, 2024|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the village of Gyöngyöstarján in Hungary’s Mátra region, third-generation winemaker Péter Benedek carries on his family’s legacy in his grandfather’s original cellar, along with the assistance of his parents, who help care for the vineyards. […]

3101, 2024

Merlot: It’s (expletive) fine!

By |January 31, 2024|Categories: California, Commentary, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories, Washington|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Merlot: It's (expletive) fine,” exclaimed Jonathan Cristaldi, the moderator for “Merlot Renaissance: Celebrating Two Decades Beyond Sideways,” at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento January 23-25.

2901, 2024

U.S. wine journalist Dr. Elizabeth Smith remembers Slovakia

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

In July 2023, wine journalist Dr. Elizabeth Smith visited Slovakia as a guest of Rastislav Demeš, owner of Tajna Winery. Across two and a half days, she visited three producers, the country’s famed grape breeder, and participated in a Riesling Vlašský and Dunaj masterclass. The editor of the Slovak wine magazine časopis Vinotéka, Ing. Juraj Mikula, interviewed Elizabeth about her visit, and published the Slovak-language article in the December 2023/January 2024 issue. With the magazine’s permission to republish, below is the English version.

2501, 2024

Press Release: Information, Research and Discussions Highlight Wine and Winegrape Industry’s Largest Gathering

By |January 25, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, California, Digest, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

SACRAMENTO, CA, JANUARY 25, 2024 From every corner of the world, wine and winegrape professionals convened at the 30th annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium this week in Sacramento. […]

1209, 2023

Matt Parish – Wine Industry Mentor

By |September 12, 2023|Categories: California, Digest, Featured, Industry, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Matt Parish has decades of wine business experience as a senior winemaker at Constellation, Treasury, and Naked Wines USA, but in my eyes, it is his kindness that makes him one of my favorite wine industry mentors. […]

1906, 2023

Dominic Mantei – Winemaking Adventurer

By |June 19, 2023|Categories: Digest, Industry, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Northern California native Dominic Mantei embraces the adventure of making wine at Kaya Vineyard and Winery in Georgia’s Dahlonega Plateau. […]

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