vigneti delle dolomiti trias mitterberg weiß ignaz niedrist

Ignaz Niedrist produces the most sought-after wines of the Südtirol, Italy’s northernmost fine wine zone. He farms just over twelve acres of land, and produces fewer than 1800 cases. The precipitous valley of Eppan in Terlano, west of Bolzano on the Adige River, produces some of Italy’s most distinctive wines.

The Trias Mitterberg Weiß is a very limited bottling from Ignaz, produced with Chardonnay and two very distinct varieties; Petit Manseng, and Incrocio Manzoni (the two together are approximately 10% […]

wawerner ritterpfad spatlese feinherb weingut johann peter reinert

The estate has been passed directly from father to son since the first Johann Peter Reinert established it in 1813. Peter represents the fifth generation, and it is his effort over the past twenty-five years that has catapulted the estate to the front rank of producers in the Saar, despite the challenge of growing individual wines in six different villages – in more than a dozen different vineyards – that total only 4.2 hectares of vines.

The weathered blue slate of […]

santa maria valley chardonnay santa maria valley chad wine company

Chad Alexander grew up in the Napa Valley, and was working for the Hess Collection as a “cellar helper” when he was only 14. He studied geology in college in an attempt to understand the varied soils of his home’s winegrowing areas (it’s been tremendously helpful), but ultimately wanted to return to the cellars.

He gained his winemaking experience at St. Clement, and spent four vintages as head winemaker for Robert Craig, leaving after the 2005 harvest to concentrate on his […]

pouilly fumé l’arret buffatte tinel-blondelet

Annick Tinel-Blondelet is the sixth generation of her family to farm the family’s vineyards near the village of Le Bouchot in Pouilly-Fumé. She also has holdings in Sancerre, where she produces a small amount of white, rose and reds covered by that appellation.

This is bright and crisp white wine with a hint of pierre à feu in the nose; richly textured example of classic Pouilly-Fumé.
Goat cheeses, crudité, and butter-laced seafood preparations (Coquille St. Jacques!) work very well with […]

santa maria valley pinot noir solomon hills ojai vineyard

The key to Ojai is that Adam Tolmach knows every row in every consequential vineyard in Santa Barbara County, and that he purchases his grapes by the acre, rather than by the ton. In some vintages, that can cost more than twice as much. But it gives him direct control of the vineyard work, and by extension, of the quality of the grapes he buys. In the winery, Adam prefers to intervene as little as possible, allowing each vineyard to […]