My preference is to taste wines where they are made, but in the case of smaller producers, this may not always be possible. On my most recent trip to California, I took advantage of local tasting rooms. I particularly liked The Los Olivos Tasting Room (five miles from Santa Ynez), where Chris Benzinger offers selections [...]
Visitors to San Francisco in search of an early evening respite from shopping in Union Square or museum-browsing South of Market would be hard-pressed to improve on Press Club. An elegant stairwell off Yerba Buena Lane (adjacent to the Four Seasons) leads to a spacious warren of hardwood tables, lounge chairs & comfortably subdued [...]
Lake Placid Lodge welcomes back its spring wine series with three weekend events featuring vineyards from New York state. Guests will have the opportunity to join the vintners and taste their wines while enjoying a specially paired five-course meal. Spring wine events are planned for the following dates: • June 14: Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard — [...]
The beautiful wine country in Constantia, south of Cape Town. Among the many great wines made in this region are the Cap Classique sparkling wines and generally outstanding Sauvignon Blancs. -A.H.
For most connoisseurs, the idea of sipping a Mexican wine likely inspires feelings of curiosity at best. Far more famous for Jose Cuervo and Corona than Cabernet, Mexico has yet to develop a reputation as a fine wine-producing country, internationally or even domestically. Nevertheless, a number of wineries are quietly crafting some surprisingly delicious [...]
Berkeley wine retailer and importer Kermit Lynchcelebrated his 40th year in business last year. I wish him another 40 (at least!). The author of a lively monthly newsletter, as well as the contemporary classic “Adventures on the Wine Route,” Lynch spends half his year in the southern Rhône valley, where he co-owns a vineyard in [...]
Sierra Madre Vineyard is the top-selling (and reordered) boutique Pinot Noir among Hideaway Report readers. For wine lovers who missed the initial offerings of “cult” Pinots such as Kosta Browne or Sea Smoke several years ago, we humbly suggest this rising star. Porthos is currently offering the Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 [...]
During our recent visit to Barboursville Vineyards, founded in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, we had the opportunity to taste several wines not usually available for sampling in the tasting room. Energetic winemaker Luca Paschina has worked with Barboursville for more than 20 years now, and his knowledge of the terroir and his care with [...]
“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from Cimarossa, Mast and To Kalon. Fine, silky tannins provide the backdrop for the racy red fruit in this totally refined, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything is in the right place. The Cabernet Sauvignon is totally impeccable from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. 95 [...]
Sedona is much more famous for its red rocks than its red wines, but someday that may change. On my recent visit to Arizona, I was amazed by the quality of the local wines I tasted. To be sure, some turned out to be overheated fruit bombs, but many more proved to be restrained, balanced and delicious.