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Winemaker says ‘building upon successes while never letting your guard down’ helps keep bar raised
Chris Louton joined St. Francis Vineyards & Winery in California’s Sonoma County in 2013 after nearly seven years as part of the winemaking team at Napa’s Beringer Vineyards.
Under-$15 Chardonnays that Overdeliver for the Money
You don’t have to spend a fortune for a great bottle of Chardonnay. Interesting, accomplished Chardonnay can be found for well under $15 — that’s no surprise. What was more or less unexpected before tasting for this roundup was just how much there is in the way of stylistic variation.
How to Make Italian-Style Meatballs at Home That Taste Just Like Nonna’s
Sunday has always been meatballs and gravy (also known as sauce) day at our house. My mother and my grandmother before her would wake at the crack of dawn to start the meatball making process, which ended mid-afternoon with the entire family enjoying an Italian feast.
Why and How to Use White Port in Your Cocktails
Port lives amid a cloud of misconceptions: It’s often assumed to be overly sweet, and its red iterations are largely thought of as exclusively an after-dinner sip rather than as the versatile cocktail ingredient it can be. As for white port, many people haven’t even heard of it.
Big Wine Bottles Are All the Rage at Auctions. Here’s Why.
We all know that bigger tends to be better when it comes to the things we covet, be it a television, a home or a yacht. The same holds true for wine bottles, but it’s not just about the flaunt factor—there’s science involved as well.
Craggy Range named the Best Vineyard in Australasia – World’s Best Vineyards 2021
Craggy Range has for the first time been named the Best Vineyard in Australasia for 2021 by World’s Best Vineyard’s.
Tenuta di Nozzole Names 1 of 9 Outstanding Chianti Classicos for $25 or Less
Chianti Classico is a large appellation that comprises some 17,000 acres of vineyards, along with heavily forested areas. Its high elevations result in a unique expression of the Sangiovese grape. These red wines can be austere when young, but they have a backbone of acidity that makes them ideal partners for food. In the best vintages, such as 2019, their fruit profiles are ve...
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards featured in Wine Spectator On the Bright Side
(“Up to the Challenge,” June 30, 2020). More than half of the 2018s received outstanding scores of 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale, a fine showing that earns the vintage an overall rating of 94 points in Sonoma and 92 in Napa. Early indications point to another excellent vintage in 2019, for which I give a preliminary score of 93-96 poi...
Maison Louis Jadot unveils the newest Beaune Celebration Edition
When we have the opportunity to celebrate a great vintage, Maison Louis Jadot focusses on the Premier Crus of Beaune as a way to celebrate its origins and the foundation of the house in 1859. Today we own 62 acres spread across 17 Premier Cru vineyards in the appellation. Right now we are celebrating 2018, a great vintage in Burgundy. This blend, the product of a stunning vinta...
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: The Best Buy at Wine Stores Now
WINES CAN OFTEN provide a reflection of the countries where they’re made. Take, for example, the Sauvignon Blancs of New Zealand. Even in a year such as 2020, both the country and the wines managed to triumph. New Zealand was almost Covid-free and the vintage was one of the best in recent history. The early months of the year were less than auspicious. In the Southern Hemisph...