Winemakers

    First Argentine Wine: Malbec Calling Catena

    Continued from Part 1 of Catena Wine That robust work ethic has been in the Catena family for generations. In 1898, his grandfather Nicola left a small village in Sicily for Argentina. He started planting vines in 1902 and raised a family. His eldest son, Domingo, married Angelica Zapata, a daughter of a large land owner, increasing the family’s holdings.

    8 readers - By Natalie MacLean

    Old Favorites and an Old Friend

    As summer begins to give way to fall, we conclude our roundup of winery visits to the Monticello area. Here we summarize our visits to two favorites and a meeting with an old friend. Read on to find out more! Blenheim Vineyards: We always look forward to a tasting here. We enjoyed all of the wines that we tasted, but we must select favorites.

    6 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      Science and Wine: The Argentine Marriage of True Vines

      Natalie MacLean - - 5 readers - Continued from Part 2 of Catena Wine That “little project” lasted fifteen years and involved planting 145 Malbec “clones”: the same grape, but from different parent vines, to see which clones would do best in different sites. (“Wine caters to obsessive personalities: it makes you worse,” Nicolás observes with a sigh.

      Argentina – Part 4

      Natalie MacLean - - 4 readers - Continued from Part 3 of Argentine Wine The Catena Alta Malbec Cabernet we’re drinking smolders in the glass. Its sultry edge is more enticing than the sweet, soupy international style of many brand name grapes.

      Behind the Wine Label - Part 2

      Sip With Me! - - 2 readers - Personality can be defined as the evident traits in one’s character as it impresses another. To say that every wine embodies its own personality would not be a bold enough statement. How each winemaker influences their wine’s personality is reminiscent of parent’s influence on some of the personality traits of their child ...

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      Naked Wines Advertising

      … motivating factors than hopefully making a few bucks to justify my food writing to myself. And the biggest of those factors is the Angel program. As part of the crowdfunding movement, the Naked Wines Angel program enables a small group of winemakers to fund their passion projects more easily. Angels pledge $40/month to the program, and the winemakers…

      2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Argentina’s Wine Visionary Sees the Future Rooted in the Past

      …Continued from Part 4 of Argentine Wine The 1982 Falklands War with Britain also didn’t help the economy or exports. Then there was hyper-inflation that exceeded 3,000 percent a month, which discouraged foreign investment. Vintners made up for the lost revenue by producing high volumes of poor-quality wines that smelled like bananas rotting…

      1 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Argentina – Part 4

      …Continued from Part 3 of Argentine Wine The Catena Alta Malbec Cabernet we’re drinking smolders in the glass. Its sultry edge is more enticing than the sweet, soupy international style of many brand name grapes. Nicolás believes that drinkers are shifting away from the herbal flavors of Cabernet and turning more toward wines like Malbec (and Syrah…

      4 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Science and Wine: The Argentine Marriage of True Vines

      … down all those clones to the five best, a process he says that married his bookish and business interests. “As a theoretical economist, I’m trained to develop a hypothesis and then to use a methodical approach to prove or disprove it,” he explains, taking off his glasses and rubbing his eyes. He was aided in this quest by a friend, Bordeaux winemaker…

      5 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      First Argentine Wine: Malbec Calling Catena

      … technology as well as stainless-steel tanks and French oak barrels. He also convinced Paul Hobbs, a respected Sonoma winemaker, to work with him during the harvest. Since Argentina lies south of the equator, the grapes are picked from January to April, conveniently off-season for Hobbs. Nicolás planted Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, believing…

      8 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Nicolas Catena: Argentina’s Wine Laureate

      … flip-flops. I recall thinking how what a coup it would be to interview Argentina’s most brilliant and insightful winemaker. Now I’m wondering how I can carry on a conversation with a man whose IQ is in a range that I’ll never see, except maybe on the bathroom scale. I’m not prepared to defend any thesis to this professor. A few minutes later…

      1 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Old Favorites and an Old Friend

      …. Old House Vineyards: It was here that we met an old friend, Andy Reagan. Andy is now the winemaker at Old House, and we got to catch up with Andy while we were in the tasting room. Andy seemed eager to take the helm as winemaker at Old House, and we know that the vintages crafted by Andy will be as superb as his wines at Jefferson Vineyards. We…

      6 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      Behind the Wine Label - Part 2

      …Personality can be defined as the evident traits in one’s character as it impresses another. To say that every wine embodies its own personality would not be a bold enough statement. How each winemaker influences their wine’s personality is reminiscent of parent’s influence on some of the personality traits of their child. Each wine may start from…

      2 readers - By Sip With Me!

      Walk in the Clouds: Winemaking in the Movies

      … Icon, Blue Mountain Brut Sparkling Luckett Vineyards Phone Box Red Stay tuned for more nominations this week. Now let’s travel back to 1995. Although not written as a comedy, the movie A Walk In The Clouds offered many laughs for wine lovers and winemakers alike. Keenu Reeves, a travelling salesman, meets Aitana, the beautiful daughter…

      3 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Ketcham Estate

      … employee. Mark admits that although he knows much about wine, he would never attempt to make wine. That, he leaves up the specialist. It is rather curious that Mark has had three or four winemakers since the first vintage of 2002. He began with winemaker Mike Browne of Kosta-Browne fame, and we got the vague notion that Mark must be quite…

      2 readers - By Wine Country Getaways

      The Sparkling Master

      … vintage sparkling from Claude? Remember, 2010 was very hot and dry. While those conditions are preferred for age-worthy red wines, they are not welcomed for sparkling wines. So which recent year produced a vintage harvest? 2011—while the year ended up being too wet for most Virginia winemakers, the 2011 growing season up until Hurricane Irene…

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      A family winery bites the dust

      … the current parlance, “stories” to tell, and both told them well. Writers like me visit hundreds of vineyards and meet thousands of winemakers over our lengthy careers, so it is indeed saying something when we can recall individual visits, that occurred years ago, with crystal clarity. That’s the case with my first visits to both Failla and Saxum. Well do I…

      15 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      California’s Overlooked Treasure: Santa Lucia Highlands

      … Rick Bakas Photo by Frank Gutierrez, Wagner Family of Wine Right smack dab in the middle of the state of California sits the Santa Lucia Highlands in the massive Salinas valley—California’s prime agricultural region located 20 miles southeast of Monterey between the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges. They grow everything there from lettuce…

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