Tag Archives: Wine

Wednesday wine recommendations, 8/2/2017

Here are some more wines for summer: An enjoyable sparkler to get the party started, two rosés to help set the patio mood, and a substantial red to wash down those hefty meats off your grill.   Le Clos des … Continue reading

Posted in Bargain Wines, France, Italy, Sparkling Wine, Wine | Tagged | 1 Comment

Grgich Hills celebrates 40 years in Napa Valley

Grgich Hills Estate celebrated its 40th anniversary this weekend. The winery was established by Mike Grgich and Austin Hills in 1977, and was Grgich’s breakout after the Judgment of Paris in 1976. That was the famous tasting in which the … Continue reading

Posted in California, Washington Post, Wine | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday wine recommendations, 7/26/2017

Okay, so it’s actually Thursday, and deadlines and baseball intervened. But here are some wine recommendations to help you slake your summer thirst. Rosé of course, including a top-notch Sancerre and a fun one from Italy, plus three delicious whites – … Continue reading

Posted in France, Italy, Spain, Washington Post, Wine | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Almaviva: Chile’s grand opus turns 20

Almaviva is now 20 years old. This is the joint venture between Viña Concha y Toro, one of Chile’s largest wine companies, and Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, the parent company of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux. Almaviva was launched in … Continue reading

Posted in Chile, France, Wine | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Lots of excitement in Chile and Argentina

My recent visit to South America reminded me there is much to be excited about with Chile’s wine scene – and I hardly scratched the surface. Winemakers are exploring new regions, and rediscovering old grape varieties. Large wineries are pursuing … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Chile, Competitions, Malbec, Wine | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Philippe Sereys de Rothschild Brings Business Savvy and Impish Humor to a Wine Empire

Bordeaux is transforming itself. Change was widely on display during Vinexpo, the biennial trade fair held this month at the city’s Parc des Expositions with satellite parties at chateaux throughout the Left and Right Banks. The visible changes were magnificent … Continue reading

Posted in Bordeaux, France, Vinexpo, Wine | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Traveling the World at Vinexpo

Greetings from Vinexpo! I’m in Bordeaux for only my second visit to this biennial trade fair, having first come in 2009. That was the year Bordeaux was chasing the China market; Asia is much less prominent this year, and in … Continue reading

Posted in Wine | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Tasting SLV and Mouton with Warren Winiarski

During my recent visit to California, I had the pleasure of visiting Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and a Napa Valley pioneer whose Cabernet Sauvignon won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976. We first met a few … Continue reading

Posted in Bordeaux, California, Direct Shipping, Wine | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Drinking Local with The Wine Curmudgeon

My wife and I had the pleasure last week of hosting Jeff Siegel, aka The Wine Curmudgeon, while he was in DC judging a preliminary round of the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition. (Jeff posted his impressions of the … Continue reading

Posted in Local Wine, Maryland, Virginia, Wine | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

A Chance to Live the Luxury Wine Life in South Africa?

It was only a matter of time before wine auctions go online, like everything else. This year’s Cape Auction in South Africa may not be the first to try this, but they’ve gone virtual in a big way, with a month … Continue reading

Posted in Auctions, South Africa, Wine | Tagged , , | Leave a comment