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Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part II: The Wines

While there are memorable sparklers and Alsace varietal bottlings, Anderson Valley is Pinot Noir territory. The typical Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is more savory and tightly wound, rather than fruity and grand like Oregon or distinctly [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part I: The Story

Upon hearing Saxum Vineyards would be my next and concluding stop of the day in Paso Robles, my host at the preceding winery, who had lived in the area for their entire life, echoed the same [...]

Reality TV Comes to Winemaking With New Series

The highly technical craft of winemaking is about to enter popular culture with an engaging competitive reality TV series, BEST BOTTLE. Amateur, aspiring and established winemaker contestants will pit their skills against one another to make [...]

Hungary’s Thummerer: Family Winemaking

This is one of those stories about how to get the better of the government. Once upon a time, there was the Thummerer family, from the Eger region of Hungary. In 1984, papa Vilmos Thummerer decided [...]

St Andrea questions ‘typicity’ in Hungary

If Hungary were to have a “winemaker personality”, Dr. György Lőrincz would be a strong candidate for the title. He received the Hungarian Order Of Merit in 2007 and was named winemaker of the year 2009 [...]

Cave Hopping In Hungary: A Visit With Szöllősi Pincészet In Neszmély

Mihály Szöllősi had always considered wine as a hobby. Born in the plain city of Mezőtúr, Szolnok County, in 1949, he started out his professional life with training as a horticultural engineer, working in production control [...]

Cave Hopping In Hungary: From Past To Present

A focus on local grapes and the willingness to buck the norm mean that Hungarian wine should be on your radar. Vino247 meets with three of today’s generation, for whom concentration is on quality over quantity. [...]

Talking about Tannins – What are they?

One term that sometimes trips up wine newcomers is “tannins”. It’s also one of those words people use to make fun of wine snobs. And why not, since people who show off by throwing around a [...]

Can California Wineries Temper Their Style?

Alice Fiering, prominent critic of the ripe, low-acid, high-alcohol international style of wine, examines a trend among some California winemakers moving away from the standard, jammy California style. But blazing this path may prove more difficult [...]

Reviving Old Technology for Better Quality

One of the threads in today’s Spanish wine scene is the recovery of lost traditions. In Spain and elsewhere enterprising winemakers are re-discovering and exploring techniques that have been forgotten or abandoned as newer technologies have [...]