Archive for the Tag 'Winemaker'

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Castello di Meleto: Gaiole in Chianti – Tuscany, The Adventure Begins with a View From the Bluest Sky

[PHOTO: Antonia Caserta of Castello di Meleto. All other images in this story were taken by Jo Diaz] Day 1 – Flew into Rome as a guest of both Castello di Meleto in Gaiole ~ In the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany and Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche […]

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A Day in the Dust Like “You Had to Be There, Man” ~ Rutherford Dust Society

  [ALL PHOTOS were taken by Jo Diaz; with the exception of Barbara Lyons Stewart, who gave her photo for use.] Earlier I wrote a story titled Rutherford Dust Brought Karen MacNeil Squarely Into My Headlights, Now Into Yours. It included Karen MacNeil as part of that story. So does this one, in a completely different […]

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Aberrant’s Winemaker Eric Eide tells it like it is in Oregon for the past month.

Working with great winemakers is delightful. Just as the days when I was in rock radio, there were stars that I constantly rubbed shoulders with, now the stars are winemakers. When moving to California, I turned my attention to some quieter stars, who are all as equally as talented, but in a different science. Just […]

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Wines of the Week, from Casillero del Diablo from Chile

A Red and a White, under Blue skies… What more can we ask of summer? Good wine, you say? Yeah, I’m with you on that one. RED: 2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Merlot WHITE: 2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay Under blue skies…   2016 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Chile A classic, New World-styled […]

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December in Wine Country ~ Have a Look

[Paperwhite flowers are a typical December bloom. Photo by Jo Diaz.] The beginning of December – this season – has been beautiful weather wise and visually. I’m now in the Mayacamas Mountains, above the Alexander Valley floor. The views are spectacular… stunning, really. Perhaps this is why my devotion to blogging every day has waned […]

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The Carmenere Wines of Chile from the Cachapoal Valley

FIRST THE ACCOMPANYING BOOK: The Carménère Wines of Chile, from the Cachapoal Valley, originally published in 2009. Class act: Along with these three wines pictured below, I also received “Red Grapes, Hidden Treasure: The Carmenere Wines of Chile, from the Cachapoal Valley.” The book is gorgeous, and I’m about to get a major knowledge bump […]

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Middleton Family of Wines Harvest Update from Washington and California

The following is a report from winemaker Kendall Mix of the Middleton Family of Wines. Historically, the Middleton family has been in business in Washington since the 1890s. “Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in Aberdeen, on the coast of Washington State. We began with lumber […]

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Winemakers worst handicap and those who detest it

Ah… Winemakers Being a champion of the underdog has always been a calling. It stems from being one myself, and it was Life Lesson # 2. Life Lesson # 1 comes at the age of two, when we don’t get our own way. We can either get over it and learn that that behavior isn’t […]

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Tartan Wines and Scottish Roots

Tartan Wines and Scottish Roots … I’m going to start with Scottish Roots. You’ll perhaps understand why I was very curious when approached to taste Tartan Cellars’ wines. With the early help of a family member, and then with the help of the Internet, I’ve traced my roots. Making it somewhat brief here: Charlemagne (April 2, […]

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Steve Hall of Robert Biale Vineyards talks about how great wine begins in a great vineyard

Steve Hall of Robert Biale Vineyards has that very easy, very comfortable way about him; and he uses that accessible trait to describe meticulous details of his craft… Namely: working with vineyard owners being at the mercy of mother nature knowing as much about each vine as he possibly could; from the good of the […]