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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 […]

Burgundy

Tweet by Dixon Brooke Simply mentioning the word Burgundy is enough to raise the blood pressure of most serious wine lovers. In eastern central France, two hours west of Switzerland, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône […]

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, […]

Memoria

Tweet by Chris Santini Picture Patrimonio, Corsica, back in 1920. On an island desolated and neglected by colonial French rule, with no tourism and no industry, locals had only the dream of leaving to keep them going. Their choice was subsistence living or emigration, so most chose to leave (my own family among them). A […]

February Newsletter: Verdicchio at its Finest, 2015 Colin Pre-Arrival, Introducing Luigi Gregoletto, Artisan Vignerons

Tweet The February Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… WHITE BEFORE RED DOMAINE DE LA CADETTE by Emily Spillmann “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” –Aristotle 2015 BOURGOGNE VÉZELAY “LA CHÂTELAINE” > Taking pleasure not only in the finished wines but also in the […]

2015 Cru Beaujolais

Tweet by Anthony Lynch Look out, folks—2015 Beaujolais crus are now in stock! After an abnormally hot and dry summer last year, timely late-season rains restored balance to the grapes just before harvest. These wines make a statement—a deep, booming bellow beyond the habitual “Buvez-moi!” we have come to expect from the land of Gamay. […]

December Newsletter: Holiday Gift Shop, Ten New Arrivals, Vintage Bordeaux

Tweet The December Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP > Something good for any wine drinker in your life (including you)! Cozy Sampler > by Jennifer Oakes I am an Olympic-level lounger. When I work, I work hard and fast, taking only the […]

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 […]