La Bégou’s tenacity renders the wine age-worthy. This bottle is drinking wonderfully right now but, like all great wines, it contains the capacity for change. This is where cellaring is fun and intriguing for me. How will its taut, cooling texture evolve over the years?Read More
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The Fattoria di Sammontana property has ties that date back several centuries. However, the current operation is more accessible. Simply put, they’re farmers. Purchased by a Polish nobleman in 1867, the family is in its fourth generation of production. On the gentle slopes south of Florence, they produce this salty, leesy white with a salient splash of lemon-lime.Read More
Amber and Taras Ochota own 9.6 hectares tucked away in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. In their ragged corner of the world they draw inspiration from experience, relationships, and the creativity of others. Biodynamic farming in southern France. The Dead Kennedys. Their wines are natural and vibrant - worlds away from the jammy behemoths for which Australia has become known.Read More
From their Home Vineyard, La Clarine Farm makes the surprising Piedi Grandi, made from nebbiolo and mourvedre, two grapes that normally stand far apart, glaring at each other from across a flavor divide, but which in the hands of La Clarine Farm come together like sugar and spice, with a very pretty nose of dried fruits and a fine-grained, complex umami finish.Read More
You may have noticed a rapping cluster of grapes demanding your attention from the shelf. Fabien Jouves' wines have landed with a splash. And as his labels announce, he's producing singular cuvées from Cahors. What you may not intuit from the cover is the care and attention to detail he pays to his vines. These bottles are worth a closer look.Read More
It is a great misconception that wine collecting is a rich man’s hobby. Most of the bottles in my humble collection are $35 or under, and there are plenty of bottles around $20 that are worth holding onto.Read More
In 2013, when the San Francisco Chronicle handed their Winemakers of the Year award to Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts, the two hometown boys behind Napa's Arnot-Roberts winery, California still seemed to be in the midst of a timid transition from the old guard to something new.Read More
The East Nashville Beer Festival will convene at East Park this Saturday for the seventh time in as many years. In 2017, nearly half of the 48 attending breweries are local to the Nashville area, and more still come from adjacent areas like Northern Alabama, East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Kentucky. Remember when local beer meant Blackstone, Yazoo, and a handful of homebrewers?
It's fair to say that craft beer in the South — and more to the point, in Nashville — has ...
Those terrific tectonic movements that cause volcanoes to erupt are also responsible for producing fertile grape-growing conditions. Volcanic soils are hot right now. And it would behoove you to pay attention to the vines they’re nurturing.Read More
In 2005, Anna Martens went to Sicily with her husband Eric Narioo, who was looking for wines to import to UK. They were both immediately taken with the area. "The volcanic soils were so black," Anna said. She was smitten with beautiful old bush vines, the dramatic scenery, the abandoned vineyards.Read More