Reviews

We Interrupt Our Programming for This Interruption (Book Hiatus)

As if I wasn’t behind enough on my ramblings here on 1WD (I’ve still got several Sicily updates to share with you, after all!), I’m going to put myself even further behind! Overachiever here! Here’s the skinny: it’s going to be light on the feature content here on 1WD (though I expect to keep up, for the most part, on …

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2016 Villa Antinori Toscana

Antinori is one of the biggest names in Italian wine, and they offer many different levels of wine with some of their bottles running up into the several hundreds of dollars. This is one of their lower priced offerings (the lowest perhaps), and with that Antinori name behind it, the wine is a standout in its price range. I have …

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Smith-Madrone’s Authentic Mountain Wines from Napa’s Spring Mountain

The Smith-Madrone Vineyard on Spring Mountain Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, Smith-Madrone has 38 acres of high altitude (1300-2000’) steeply sloped mountain vineyards with deep, volcanic-based soils.  Stuart Smith is one of Napa’s modern wine pioneers and has been one of the leading voices for mountain vineyards for the past 50 years.  With his newly minted UC Davis degree …

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Bertani’s Current Releases from Soave and Valpolicella

Founded in 1857, Bertani is one of Valpolicella’s most illustrious producers of Amarone with over 200 hectares of vineyards in the province of Verona.  Over the decades, this winery has demonstrated its ability to produce wines of extraordinary purity and refinement. We visited the winery for a tasting while preparing our report The Amarones of Valpolicella.  Also, see our article …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 203, 2020

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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2015 Gerard Bertrand Art de Vivre Vin Rouge

I found a lot to like about this Costco wine find. First off, obviously is the unique “natural pottery” bottle inspired by artists from the South of France. It’s a pretty cool presentation, and instantly was noticed by guests as it was sitting around my house on the day we were to open it. The wine is also #78 on …

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Aridus Wines from Arizona and New Mexico

The Aridus Wine Company sources its fruit from diverse vineyards in southeastern Arizona (mostly Cochise County) and New Mexico, including their 5,200 foot high, 40 acre estate vineyard along Turkey Creek in Pearce, Arizona. Owners Scott and Joan Dahmer began planting in 2009 and opened their cellar doors in 2012.  Lisa Strid joined as winemaker in 2016. A native of …

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