Category: Red wines

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A new ‘Freakshow’ blockbuster? Try Michael David Winery’s ‘flirty’ Chardonnay

When the Phillips brothers – David and Michael – sold the popular Seven Deadly Zins brand to The Wine Group, no one really expected Michael David Winery (MDW) to rest on its laurels and untold millions. The brothers, who launched the winery in 1984 from an old hay barn in Lodi, are known for their […]

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Seven Birches Winery at Loon Mountain: Crush ’til you drop and drink the wine

“Grape Stompers Wanted”. I received the above call to people with big feet and good balance in a link promoting the 4th Annual White Mountains Crush Festival (Oct. 25-27). Naturally, I was intrigued. So I telephoned Mark LaClair, owner/winemaker of The Seven Birches Winery in Lincoln, N.H., and was instantly fascinated by the details of […]

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Israeli wines offer a medley of exciting New and Old World tastes

Israeli winemaking dates back 5,000 years – 2,000 years before the Romans crushed grapes – yet only recently has the small, eastern Mediterranean nation gained notice as a burgeoning wine paradise. It’s true. Despite a land mass slightly smaller than the size of New Jersey, 14,400 total acres under vine (one-third of California’s Napa Valley), […]

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Best wine bargains for fall begin with Rhone Valley’s “Les Abeilles”

This week’s column begins with a Double Deal of the Week Special and for good reason. There are still some bottles around of winemaker Jean Luc-Colombo’s 2016 Cotes du Rhone “Les Abeilles” Rouge ($12.99) and “Les Abeilles” Blanc ($12.99) and they’re worth snapping up for autumn/fall entertaining. Both are outstanding French wines for the listed […]

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Women winemakers make their mark with exciting wines

Women are a strong force in the U.S. wine industry and here are three winemakers worth watching: Angelina Mondavi of CK Mondavi Family & Wines; and Chrissy Whittman and Niki Williams of The Prisoner Wine Co. in Napa Valley. All have crafted new and exciting wines over this past year. For Angela Mondavi, wine is […]

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Brady-to-Bledsoe wines connect for TB12 and Patriots season opener

Whether you’re a New England Patriots fan or not, you have to marvel at the high quality performance of the game’s No. 1 quarterback, Tom Brady. At age 42, TB12’s winning consistency at football’s most demanding position makes him the greatest all-time NFL player on many sports analysts’ lists. So when the defending Super Bowl […]

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Five wines that say ‘endless summer’ in taste and spirit

Summer might be winding down but it doesn’t mean your palate has to fade away to fall. Here are five fun-filled and flavorful wines to keep summer’s spirit alive through the Labor Day weekend. Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Sparkling Rose`,Germany, $13.99 – Dr. Loosen and Villa Wolf owner Ernst Loosen’s philosophy is simple: Make quality […]

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Aperture’s Chenin Blanc raises the bar on texture, elegance

Aperture Cellars winemaker Jesse Katz is “changing the way the world drinks.” That’s what Wine Enthusiast editors gushed in a recent cover story praising Katz as one of the industry’s top under-40 innovators. Katz’s small-batch wines from California’s North Coast appellations represent a “textural” revolution, especially the whites, where fresh-pressed juice is initially barrel fermented […]

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Importer scales new Spanish heights with Ribeira Sacra wines

I’m fortunate to have a wine expert living in my neighborhood. For more than 20 years, Craig Gandolf was the wine director for Jorge Ordonez Selections, one of the largest U.S. importers of Spanish wines. In May 2018, he was named national sales manager for Cynthia Hurley French Wines based in Needham. While French wines […]

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For a second violin to an icon, ‘Guidalberto’ performs brilliantly (and for less money)

For years Tenuta San Guido estate’s “Guidalberto” has lived in the shadow as a second label to “Sassicaia”, the Marchesa Mario della Rochetta’s legendary Bordeaux-style wine that launched Italy’s Super Tuscan phenomenon in the 1970s. Now run by son Nicolo`, Tenuta San Guido enjoys the best of both worlds. Sassicaia, which retails at $250 a […]