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Craggy Range and the Rock Star Vintage

Last month, I was privileged to get a sneak peak at New Zealand’s Craggy Range 2013 vintage wines, including two from the exciting Gimblett Gravels region near Hawkes Bay.  According to Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range’s Wine and Viticulture Director, ‘it was the vintage of a generation.’ 

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Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye

Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a  well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the aromas of brown sugar and ripe peaches are […]

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Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc

Wine Review: 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California The 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc is another great wine from the Napa Valley. Plush and soft, it opens with red fruit flavors evolving into a palate of silky raspberry and tobacco with herb notes that play softly in the background. Give this […]

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J. Vineyards Vin Gris Rose of Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2013 J. Vineyards Vin Gris Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California Have you said to yourself, “Why didn’t I drink more rose this summer?” Well, you probably have not tried J.Vineyards 2013 Vin Gris Rose of Pinot noir, because if you had, you would have continued to drink it all summer long. […]

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Elena Walch Gewurztraminer

Wine Review: 2012 Elena Walch Gewurztraminer Kastelaz Alto Adige, Italy Rarely, do I have the pleasure of getting excited about tasting specific varietals, but every now and then a bottle shows up at our door and I am reminded why I love wine so much. Even rarer, tasting two wines from the same producer made […]

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2012 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz

Wine Review: 2012 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz, South Australia Despite the heavy fruit weight for the Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz (81%), no amount of performing the Mollydooker shake will alter the over the top flavors this Shiraz brings to the table. First, let me make this perfectly clear. Nobody loves big red wines […]

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