2016 Wines in Review

2016 wines in review

Now that 2016 has come to a close, there are some wines that had a lasting impression and are truly stellar. Between wine tastings, wineries visited, and countries traveled over the last year, here is list of exceptional wines and wineries I discovered throughout this past year. Furthermore there is no particular order, the wines

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Achaval-Ferrer Winery

Achaval-Ferrer: Expressing terroir with Malbec

  Achaval-Ferrer typifies the new and old world qualities of creating wine that makes Argentina and Malbec stand out. Meeting recently with Achaval-Ferrer’s Global Brand Ambassador, Marcelo Victoria, it became obvious that several key points were paramount to the winery’s success; low yields, the amount of vines per bottle, warmer fermentation, purity and complexity from

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Three Summer Rosés

Pleasurable summer wines part II

As summer’s end is quickly upon us here are some white wines and Rosés to finish out your summertime enjoyment. These refreshing wines are part two of a series of pleasurable summer wines I discovered over the past several months. With about one month to go before we hit the autumn season these summer wines

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Zuccardi Series A Wines

Familia Zuccardi: An Argentine family wine tradition spanning three generations

World Malbec Day has passed but I cannot help but reminisce about my adventures in Argentina. My memories drift to my final day in Mendoza and the land of Malbec where I discovered Familia Zuccardi. This winery combines all aspects of the Argentine wine industry, bringing them together in harmony with excellently balanced wines, gourmet

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Artisan Uprising Wine

Artisan Uprising: Two brothers’ unique style of making wine

The name of a winery is not just a form of branding but it can have significant meaning in describing the philosophy of each wine producer. Such is the case with David and William Vondrasek, owners/winemakers of Artisan Uprising. They are artisans in there own right and like many small boutique wineries, they are rising

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Remembering Mendoza

As life leads us in different directions, sometimes we are offered a once in a lifetime experience that we should take advantage of and not turn down. My trip to Argentina was one of those rare opportunities I could not decline. It was one year ago that I landed in Argentina. Today I ponder the

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Santiago Achaval, Achaval Ferrera Malbecs

Achaval-Ferrer: A purest approach to making Argentine wine

In Argentina the combination of purity in winemaking, terroir– driven wines and old vines is symbolic of one winery, Archaval-Ferrer. It is the passion of the winery owners to produce Malbec from single vineyards but there is more that makes the Archaval-Ferrer wines exceptional. In addition to the land and the grapes, it is the

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Kaiken Wines

Kaiken Premium Wines: A passion for great wine

Finding true passion in winemaking is one of the ingredients for making an outstanding wine. This is the case when you meet Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker for Kaiken. His exuberance for his craft is quite evident when in his presence. You immediately sense his passion for wine, the terroir and the process of making wine.

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Lunch at Bodega Trivento

Bodega Trivento: A true expression of the Argentine terroir

Over the last week I sipped and tasted three wines from Bodegas Trivento, a Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amado Sur. I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Mendoza last fall where I had the opportunity to visit Trivento and meet some of the people that create and produce their fabulous wines. Reviewing my notes,

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Mun@Casarena: Integrating a passion for food, wine and Andes Mountains

Discovering the wines of Argentina includes learning about the cuisines that evolve around each winery experience. In Argentina some of the most outstanding restaurants are an integral part of the wine scene. One such winery is Casarena Bodega & Viñedos where one will find Mun@Casarena, a fabulous Asian – Argentine fusion restaurant. Mun@Casarena is the

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