Review Week of October 23: Wines of Anderra

Chilean wines these days are all the rage … I just received some interesting and delicious wines from Anderra, with vineyards in the Maule, Maipo, and Rapel valley of Chile.… More »

Dinner with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle

  So “wow” is all I can say after dining with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle in the Colchagua DO Valley. Very few wineries can offer the pedigree of its… More »

“Around the World In Five Courses” with Concha Y Toro Winemaker Marcelo Papa

What an interesting food and wine pairing lunch with fabulous Concha Y Toro wines! Winemaker Marcelo Papa is absolutely charming, and very forthcoming about the details of his winemaking. Yet… More »

Tasting Vina San Pedro 1865 with Chief Winemaker Marco Puyo

Fabulous tasting with Marco Puyo the other day from Vina San Pedro …. we were focused on the single varietal 1865. It was a very creatively designed presentation, with small… More »

Concha Y Toro’s Newer Brands: Marques de Casa Concha & Gran Reserva Serie Riberas

So last night I had dinner with two incredible young winemakers from Concha Y Toro’s newer, boutique-oriented brands in Chile. On my left was Marcelo Papa of  Concha Y Toro’s … More »

Tasting Notes Week Ending June 29, 2012

  2010 Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Dry On the nose, a curious scent of ripe peach, and on the palate very dry and mineral with a crisp focused mineral finish. 85%… More »

Tapestry of Terroir: Chilean Terroir Master Class with Fred Dexheimer

Fred Dexheimer rocked as the presenter for a Chilean Terroir Master class earlier this week. In his presentation, the audience tasted three flights of wine — a flight of 3… More »

Carmenere Surprise: Brane-Cantenac to Use Varietal in Grand Vins

    You probably know that in Margaux, six varietals are allowed: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc … yet in the past, Carmenere was and is… More »

Lapostolle Tasting with Winemaker Andrea Leon Iriarte

Andrea Leon “It was a very emotional harvest,” explains petite Andrea Leon Iriarte, winemaker and communications manager for Lapostolle winery in Chile, describing the vintage of 2010. Yet the Sauvignon… More »

Winemaker Cristobal Undurraga Marimon comes to New York

Cristobal Undurraga Marimon is a member of the family known in the Chilean wine industry as “the pioneers,” who were among the first in the 1980s to bring the country’s… More »

Brane-Cantenac: Speaking about 2009 Vintage with Henri Lurton

Henri Lurton I just returned from Bordeaux where I had attended En Primeur, a week long tasting for international fine wine journalists to taste the new 2009 vintage. I had… More »

Tasting Chateau du Campuget

“After my visit to Miami, I think I am going to start producing wines in a Magnum,” jokes handsome French wine representative, Francois Pages of Chateau du Campuget. “Everywhere I went, people seemed so oversized and built-up, like superheroes!” Yes,…

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