Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

A Night on the Town with Marco Tintero

Tweet by Anthony Lynch Meeting Marco Tintero for the first time, several years ago at his winery in the Piedmont town of Mango, proved an exciting event for me. A longtime drinker—guzzler, if we’re being honest—of his humbly priced frizzanti, I had long looked forward to getting to know the man behind them. And Marco […]

Sesti

Tweet by Anthony Lynch In 1975, when Giuseppe Sesti purchased the hilltop ruins of the Castello di Argiano in the southern part of the Brunello di Montalcino zone, the local wine had yet to achieve the international prestige it enjoys today. Production methods tended toward the rustic, and very few estates bottled the deeply colored, […]

Charm for Sale

Tweet by Kermit Lynch I don’t know about you, but at times I’m in the mood for black cherries, even though they may not be in season. So, what to do? Take, for example, these two 2015 Dolcettos. Take one, it’s yours! However, it will cost you a few bucks. A few, not many. The […]

Introducing La Marca di San Michele

Tweet VERDICCHIO FROM LE MARCHE AT ITS FINEST by Dixon Brooke The little village of Cupramontana, perched high in the hills of Italy’s Le Marche region, within view of the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Apennine Mountains to the west, is the birthplace of this young, exciting estate. Founded by the children of […]

Artisan Vignerons – In Defense of Prices

Tweet by Anthony Lynch We take pride in the bargains in our portfolio, but from time to time we cannot resist buying wines that some people would deem expensive. Our intention is not to gouge or cheat; in fact, we regret that something like wine, a product of the earth whose purpose is to unify […]

Farmers’ Markets

Tweet Room to Improve? by Kermit Lynch   I brag to French friends about Berkeley’s farmers’ market: how great the quality is, what a large selection of organic produce it features, and that vendors here really are farmers—dear Annabelle Lenderink, for example. The growth of farmers’ markets in this country is amazing. For that luxury […]

November Newsletter: Annual Champagne Sale, Grand Cru Alsace, Brunello

Tweet The November Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… CHAMPAGNE A NEW ERA by Anthony Lynch Times are changing in the Champagne world. From its chalky fields to the cool, dim cellars below, producers are rethinking their approach to the storied bubbly, aided by advances in […]

Liguria

Tweet By Anthony Lynch We love Liguria. The region’s joyous charm is evidenced by its lively wines, delicious creations that speak to an ancient history of grape-growing on steep slopes overlooking irresistible Mediterranean waters. This tradition lives on through the Ruffino family of Punta Crena: Tommaso makes the wine, his brother Paolo sells it, their […]

May Newsletter: Transcendent de Villaine, Quintarelli New Arrivals, & Top Oyster Wines

Tweet The May Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… A. & P. DE VILLAINE CÔTE CHALONNAISE TRANSCENDence by Dixon Brooke 2014 BOUZERON > Pierre de Benoist has crafted a masterful and irresistible Aligoté in what is turning out to be a fabulous vintage for white Burgundy. […]

March Newsletter: 2014 Vieux Télégraphe, Côte d’Or, Alsace—Beyond Riesling

Tweet The March Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… PRE-ARRIVAL OFFER 2014 VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE > by Dixon Brooke A meaningful number of the most prestigious (expensive) cuvées of Châteauneuf-du-Pape come from the lieu-dit of La Crau. All of the fruit iused for VT’s classic bottling is […]