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Fine-Tuning a Sonoma Standout at Arista

Fine-Tuning a Sonoma Standout at Arista

The McWilliams brothers, with winemaker Matt Courtney, have sharpened the focus at this Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay star Arista Winery was set up for success from the start thanks to the old real-estate rubric of “location, location, location.” The 36-acre Sonoma estate is just to the west of West Side Road, in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA. DuMol is on one side, Williams Selyem on the other. David Ramey is also a neighbor. The site had never been farmed before the McWilliams family bought it in 2004; Ulises Valdez oversaw planting the following year. Brothers Mark and Ben McWilliams took over the...
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Torres named World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2022

Torres named World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2022

Spanish producer Familia Torres has retained its crown as The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand after topping the list for 2022. Now in its 12th year, The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands is a list of the 50 most admired wine producers from around the globe. The list is voted for by an Academy of leading wine buyers, sommeliers, wholesalers, bar owners, Masters of Wine, writers and educators from six continents around the world. Torres impressed the Academy with its consistency and quality and being based in the Catalan region, it also took the Most Admired Wine Brand in Europe award. Read the full...
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Why Last Year’s Rosés Are Your Best Bet for Drinking Now

Why Last Year’s Rosés Are Your Best Bet for Drinking Now

Blame it on the supply chain: The rosé vintage we would normally be uncorking now will arrive late. But last year’s excellent vintage has only gotten better, and you can (and should) still find the bottles on wine store shelves. MANY WINES may sit on store shelves for 12 months or longer. But rosés are marketed as seasonal wines, with the new vintage traditionally replacing the old. For retailers, last year’s rosés are yesterday’s news—except this year, it seems. Since the rosés from the 2021 harvest will be arriving much more slowly this spring, and there are plenty of last spring’s—i.e.,...
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A Great Burgundy Vintage on a Budget: Wines to Buy Now

A Great Burgundy Vintage on a Budget: Wines to Buy Now

The 2019 vintage in Burgundy was extraordinary, but the premier cru bottles are beyond the budget of most wine drinkers. Our wine columnist found 5 basic white Burgundies that offer a taste of a very good year at an affordable price point. EXTREME WEATHER happens so frequently these days that when a vintage is described as “dramatic,” it almost seems commonplace. Happily, in the case of the 2019 Burgundy vintage, the word “dramatic” is coupled to the word “great.” SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Where do you find good values in Burgundy? Join the conversation below. The weather in Burgundy that year ranged...
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Royal Tokaji: 2017 Latest Releases

Royal Tokaji: 2017 Latest Releases

BY NEAL MARTIN | SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 Tokaji is one of Hungary’s greatest gifts to the world. Such is its importance to Hungarians that it’s even mentioned in “Himnusz,” their national anthem, which has lyrics translating as: “Let nectar’s silver rain ripen the grapes of Tokaji soon.” (That’s like “God Save the Queen” namechecking a pint of ale. Or maybe it does in one of the later verses that nobody remembers?) I was recently sent the latest release, the 2017 vintage, from the Royal Tokaji Company, and I arranged a Zoom tasting with winery director Zoltán Kovács, who joined the company in...
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Crispy Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Marinara and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Crispy Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Marinara and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Feathery and dramatic, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms (also known as maitake) become delightfully crispy when fried. You know they are nearly ready when the sizzling oil starts to subside. Here, prepared marinara and freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese give these crispy mushrooms Italian-American flair. ... Suggested Pairing Earthy, berry-forward Chianti: Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Read the full article here
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With Perfect Temps and Ideal Yields, A Spanish Vintage for the Ages

With Perfect Temps and Ideal Yields, A Spanish Vintage for the Ages

BY MICHAEL SCHACHNER Spain’s 2016 vintage will go down as one of its all-time greats. It’s certainly one of the best harvests of this generation and a benchmark year against which future stellar vintages will be measured.   From coast to coast and at all points in between, favorable conditions from spring through fall allowed Spain’s winemakers to produce splendidly balanced and expressive wines.   Best of all, the high quality is apparent in white, red and sparkling wines, and it isn’t limited to the country’s most rare and expensive collectibles. It’s a year in which the majority of the country’s wines, regardless of price or pedigree, are at their finest.   “[It] was an outstanding vintage throughout Spain,” says Miguel Torres Maczassek, director general of Familia...
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20 Best Wines to Buy in Portland

20 Best Wines to Buy in Portland

We’ve got the best bottles under $25 and the top splurges, as recommended by our favorite local wine bars and bottle shops. By Fiona McCann August 31, 2021 Published in the September 2021 issue of Portland Monthly WE ASKED EIGHT EXPERTS AT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE WINE BARS AND BOTTLE SHOPS FOR A PICK UNDER $25 AND A SPECIAL-OCCASION SPLURGE. RAISE YOUR GLASSES TO BENJAMIN BRYANT OF BAR NORMAN, SAMI GASTON OF BAR DIANE, TREVOR GORHAM OF VINO VERITAS, TELINA ROHRER OF MOM AND POP WINE SHOP, MALLORY SMITH OF 1856, WEI-EN TAN OF STEM WINE BAR, NEIL THOMPSON OF PARK AVENUE FINE WINES, AND JEFF VEJR...
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Château Clarke – 40 Years Of Bordeaux Excellence From The Rothschild Family

Château Clarke – 40 Years Of Bordeaux Excellence From The Rothschild Family

Tom Hyland Contributor Food & Drink I write about wine (and sometimes food) from around the world. Vineyards at Château Clarke PHOTO COURTESY OF CHÂTEAU CLARKE The Rothschild family of Bordeaux owns some of the most iconic châteaux in the region, including Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild, both located in the commune of Pauillac in the Haut-Médoc district (note: they are owned by different sides of the Rothschild family). These estates are two of the five Grand Cru Classe châteaux in this area, and the wines are among the most sought after of any red wines in the...
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Château Clarke – 40 Years Of Bordeaux Excellence From The Rothschild Family

Château Clarke – 40 Years Of Bordeaux Excellence From The Rothschild Family

Tom Hyland Contributor Spirits I write about wine (and sometimes food) from around the world. Vineyards at Château Clarke PHOTO COURTESY OF CHÂTEAU CLARKE The Rothschild family of Bordeaux owns some of the most iconic châteaux in the region, including Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild, both located in the commune of Pauillac in the Haut-Médoc district (note: they are owned by different sides of the Rothschild family). These estates are two of the five Grand Cru Classe châteaux in this area, and the wines are among the most sought after of any red wines in the world. But...
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