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Rochioli 2016 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Wine Review)

If you've never been blown away by a California sauvignon blanc, you owe it to yourself to taste this wine. Over half of the fruit comes from an old vineyard that Joe Rochioli, Jr., planted in 1959; it's now farmed by his son Tom. Old vines, as well as the...Read Full Story

Maison Corbeaux (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Kyle Nadeau has built one of the most impressive whisk(e)y collections in San Francisco at Maison Corbeaux: dozens of single-barrel Bourbons from producers like Four Roses and Wild Turkey, coveted old Scotch bottlings including a range from the long-gone Port Ellen distillery, plenty of Japanese whiskeys, plus...Read Full Story

A Wine-Pairing Taxonomy (News & Features)

Wine pairings take off.Eclectic When Mabel Gray opened in late 2015, it became the first Detroit-area restaurant to offer a full-fledged tasting menu with wine pairings. Describing the clientele at Mabel Gray, wine director and Michigan native Rachel Van Til says, "Oftentimes they're fairly laid...Read Full Story

Six Essential Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs (News & Features)

{image_1} John Szabo, MS, Brad Royale and Véronique Rivest—all Canadians (pictured with SommScavenge Project Manager Keiko Takano)—returned to the competition this year, after their knockout collection of long-lived Hunter Valley semillon nearly came out on top in 2016. Szabo had just finished

Six Essential West Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs (News & Features)

{image_2} David Sawyer, of Lilia in Brooklyn, cajoled his former Charleston colleague Cappie Peete of Husk, and his friend Read Full Story

The Rescue Paradox (News & Features)

On the other hand, to its two most ardent Californian devotees, mourvedre seems almost miraculous—a grape poised to help California weather the coming ordeal of climate change, and make some delicious wines in the process, particularly in one of California’s long-ignored but vast terroirs: the volcanic slopes...Read Full Story

Skinner 2014 El Dorado Mourvedre (Wine Review)

It's easy to fall for this charming mourvedre, which winemaker Chris Pittenger sources from four different sites planted from 1,300 to 2,700 feet in elevation. The late-ripening variety flourishes in the Foothills' hot summers and volcanic soils. Like many Sierra Foothills mourvedre plantings, these vines are still young, yet this shows...Read Full Story

Reading the Fine Print (News & Features)

{image_1} As the US wine industry limped out of Prohibition, the University of California at Davis hired Maynard Amerine as one of the Department of Viticulture and Enology’s first researchers. He later chaired the department, helping winemakers like Robert Mondavi produce wines that put California back on the...Read Full Story

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