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
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In 1942 Fabrizio Iuli’s grandmother opened a restaurant in the Monferrato of Piedmont. His grandfather tended barbera vines on the hillside, and the family sold homemade wine to their patrons. Fabrizio grew up here, giving a hand in the restaurant and in the vineyard.Read More
Nothing new under the sun, so says the ancient wisdom. But is re-discovery any less novel? Enter petillant naturel, or pét-nat, the lightly fizzy style of natural wine that has day drinkers refreshing glass after glass.Read More
Ariana Occhipinti is a new breed of winemaker. She's young, steeped in the traditions of her ancestory, passionate about the story that a bottle of wine has the capacity to tell, and she has the gumption to do things her way.Read More
Savio Soares made a name for himself as a wine director in top New York restaurants, working for chefs like Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In 2002 he moved to Germany with his wife and newborn son, at which point he started importing wine to the U.S. and commuting between continents. Now, after a decade in business, he is one of the most respected purveyors of small-production wine in the States.Read More
When I started this piece, I had a single phrase rolling around in my head — oddball Italian varietals. The word oddball seemed to apply to the quirky nature of a few of recent arrivals, and emphasize them as distinctly not run of the mill.
Then I started reading into them, and I realized my mistake.Read More
I love these people, all of them, I love watching them and listening to them do their work. They are in their element, fluid in their transactions. I admire them. I just don't want to be in the middle of them. I'm much more comfortable off to the side.Read More
Touraine Gamay is widely dismissed as light, fruity, or superficial. At best, one might hear them referred to as charming. In a general sense, compared to cru Beaujolais, there is truth to the reputation. But in particular? There are wines of serious swagger being made here—wines well worth my attention and yours.Read More
In Champagne, it's not so much about specific vineyard sites and microclimates as it is about the house of production. Each domaine practices behind its own philosophy, and the non-vintage bottling will express the intentions of the winemaker with consistency. In the case of Egly-Ouriet, the intentions - and most importantly the execution - encompass everything I love about wine.Read More
In 1971 Ridge Vineyards made their tenth vintage of a Cabernet Sauvignon called Monte Bello. Two years later this wine would go on to the famed Judgment of Paris, in which two American wines, the Monte Bello from Ridge and another Cabernet from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, outscored their Bordeaux competitors in a so-called blind panel of international experts. California, suddenly, was on the wine map.Read More