Winery of the Month Articles
For over 100 years Vilmart & Cie has quietly produced some of the world's finest Champagnes from a sleepy Hamlet called Rilly in the Montagne de Reims. Finally the world is beginning to take notice. Read on as we delve into why one Champagne is really THAT much better than every other.
Since 1982 Bodegas Montebaco has been producing scintillating wines from the dusty plains along the Duero River in central Spain. Their attention to detail, quality vineyards and sparkling, state-of-the-art winemaking facility help them to produce beautiful wines year after year.
Tony Soter left Oregon in 1975 to start a life in Napa Valley. Almost three decades later he has returned to the Pacific Northwest. At Soter vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton district of Willamette Valley Tony crafts some of the world's finest Pinot Noirs, proving that yes Mr. Wolfe, you can go home again.
Since 1935 the house of Gaston Chiquet has produced some of the finest Champagne the world has ever known, all the while keeping an eye on tradition, quality and (Gasp!) terroir, which has become sort of a dirty word in Champagne. Read on as we extoll the virtues of the grower-producer in our latest Winery of the Month.
Jean-Marc Brocard started with one hectare of vines in a little town in Chablis in 1973. Today he produces some of the finest wines that Burgundy has to offer. Read on to find out this man of humble beginnings became one of Burgundy's brightest stars in our latest Winery of the Month.
A project by Orin Swift called <I>The Prisoner</I> is the wine equivalent of sliced bread, with fans lining up around the block like a movie premier to get it the day it is released. Read on as Orin Swift creator Dave Phinney lets us in on a few of the secrets to his success in our latest Winery of the Month feature.
In the sea of sparkling wine that is Cava production in Spain, one winery rises above the rest like a lighthouse of hope for a palate drowning in mediocrity. A member of the Raventós family first created Cava, and now the current generation has perfected it. Read on as we celebrate the greatest Spanish bubbly of them all in our latest Winery of the Month.
Robert Kamen is a man who has always followed his dreams, be they crafting fantastic wines from the steep slopes of Mount Veeder or penning some of the most loved movies of our time. Either way, his products never disappoint, so grab some popcorn and sit back as we give a first run to our September Producer of the Month.
In 1992 Andrea Franchetti used his knowledge, vision and inspiration to create Tenuta di Trinoro in a sleepy farming community in the far southern reaches of Tuscany. It is a good thing he did, because now the wines of Tenuta di Trinoro and its sister estate in Sicily Passopiscaro are some of the greatest in all of Italy. Read on as we celebrate the creativity, genius and of course the wines of Andrea Franchetti in our latest Winery of the Month.
For the month of July, Winegeeks will explore the artist expressions of the Argentine Susana Balbo, which come in liquid form, are swirled about in glasses and enjoyed by noses and palates around the globe.
What started as 260 cases of Wente clone Chardonnay from a little vineyard in Sonoma has turned into some of the greatest Chardonnays and Cabernets in all of California. Read on as we find out just how David Ramey went from being a cellar rat in France to one of the the Golden State's greatest winemakers.
Vinum Cellars is a great American Success Story about a couple of guys who got together and maxed out their credit cards to follow their dream. Oh, and they made some fantastic wines along the way. Read on as winemaker Richard Bruno explains why Vinum Cellars is our latest Producer of the Month.
What does it take to become a Winegeeks Winery of the Month? How about 800+ years of winemaking tradition? Not enough? How about some of the best white wines in all of Europe? Read on as we journey back in time to look the life of Schloss Gobelsburg.
Jean-Paul Brun of Terres Dorées has wowed us time and time again with Beaujolais that is both serious and playful, and will make you wonder why wine snobs continue to belittle the appellation. It's no wonder that Terres Dorées is the first Beaujolais winery to be featured as our Winegeeks Winery of the Month.
For twenty-five years Jim Clendenen has been producing fantastic Burgundian-styled wines from Au Bon Climate winery in Santa Barbara. Despite his many projects he has managed to keep his wits about him, as you will see when you read on in our February Winery of the Month.
For thirty years now Fred Brander of Brander Vineyards has been producing fine Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and above all Sauvignon Blanc. Read on to see why Santa Barbara is famous for more than just Pinots and Chardonnay.
The Vinho Verdes of Portugal and the Albariños of Spain were once worlds apart in terms of quality even though they hail from the same region, soil and grapes. But no longer, as Marcial Dorado of Quinta do Feital has proven that great wines do indeed come from both sides of the Minho. Read on as we sing the praises of Quinta do Feital in our Producer of the Month feature.
Twenty years ago Viña Montes produced the first premium varietal wine in Chile. Today they are at the forefront of all things from the vine, and their wines are some of the best in the world, not just South America. Read on as we feature Viña Montes for our Producer of the Month.
The Castagnedi Brothers of Tenuta Sant'Antonio produce wines that are a mix of the past and the future, with the best elements of both ages shining through. Read on as we dive into what it takes to make wines that combine "passion, enthusiasm, business skills and experience."
Sales of New Zealand wine are on the rise around the world, and winelovers here in the U.S. are beginning to take note of the fantastic family-run ventures that dot the South Island. Join us as we tout one of the best- Allan Scott Family Winemakers.