Ordinaire, Oakland (California)

Vibrant crowd in the afternoon Oakland, California Last but not the least of my U.S. stories - While located in Oakland on the other side of the Oakland-Bay Bridge, Ordinaire can be considered as one of the prominent wine bars/shops...

Ceritas (California)

Phoebe Bass & John Raytek Healdsburg, California Ceritas is a Sonoma winery that is around since 2005, it is managed by John Raytek and his wife Phoebe Bass, both make wine in their facility in Healdsburg from contracted grapes, all...

Hiyu Wine Farm (Oregon)

China Tresemer & Nate Ready Hood River, Oregon Nate and China started Hiyu Wine Farm after buying a property, Pheasant Valley Winery near Hood River east of Portland and south of the Columbia river. There was a small vineyard surface...

Frenchtown Farms, Oregon House (California)

Aaron & Cara Mockrish Oregon House, California Sierra Foothills Aaron and Cara Mockrish who now run Frenchtown Farms are of a new generation of winemakers who spend most of their attention and care in the vineyard. They're passionate about the...

Midwestern Gardens and Missouri Wine: Augusta, America’s First AVA

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The View from Noboleis in Augusta Missouri. Photo Credit: Jill Barth
American wine history is packed with unexpected turns and hand-of-fate outcomes. Our population has thirsted for wine since the founding fathers sipped Madiera and Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian pursuits inspired a true American wine. History isn’t complete without the Wente “mother clone” in Livermore Valley or the Judgement of Paris in Napa (with some Sonoma fruit, but that’s another story). I’ve read that New Mexico was the site of the first American vineyards and I’ve followed the prosperity of hybrids from American universities, making it possible to cultivate wine in every state of the union. Many people, despite the fact that they are told to expect the unexpected, are still surprised to find that the first officially recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the United States was awarded to Augusta, MO. 35 miles from Saint Louis along the verdant ...
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Vincent Bergeron, Montlouis (Loire)

Vincent Bergeron with wife and son Montlouis-sur-Loire, Loire You may remember my story/profile on Frantz Saumon, the Montlouis producer, this was here a few months ago in this very house and as planned, Frantz moved since most of his winery...

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Great Cabernet Sauvignon My sister had brought me this bottle which she found in Lyon or a trip in the Rhone and we waited to open the bottle, it happened to be a very enjoyable wine. It's vinifies naturally on...

Open Doors at Christian Venier (Loire)

The courtyard at the wine farm Candé-sur-Beuvron, Loire It's been years I wanted to go at the yearly open doors of Christian Venier, it's not that far from where I stay on weekends in the Loire and Noëlla Morantin who...

Plan Your Summer Trip: Award-Winning Virginia Wines

It’s been called the birthplace of American wine, thanks to Thomas Jefferson. Like so many distinctions in American heritage, the Monticello AVA wine region in Virginia has Jefferson’s fingerprints all over it and it’s one of this summer’s most exciting wine-tasting destinations.
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King Family Vineyards. Credit: Jill Barth

“We could, in the United States, make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe,” wrote Jefferson in 1808, “not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.” During his time in France from 1784 to 1789 he developed a nearly obsessive taste (one he called a “pressing need” in a letter) for European wine, which, upon his return to America, he addressed with constant shipments from the old world and later, with an attempt to grow his own European grapes on his Virginia estate, Monticello. History proves that his efforts weren’t successful in his time, but in true Jefferson fashion, he’s left ...

Mettler winery (Israel)

Heinz Mettler checking the apex of his Petit Verdot Agur, Israel This visit was very interesting on many regards, it helped me understand how the winemaking wave has grown deep in the country, here is a very small operation with...

Sphera winery (Israel)

Doron Rav Hon in his facility Givat Yeshayahu, Jerusalem hills This is yet another interesting winery that has appeared fairly recently on the Israeli wine scene, Sphera, which makes wines from a 3,5-hectare vineyard surface. The facility is located in...

The Rosé Research Center In Provence is Valuable to the Global Wine Industry

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Provence rosé from Château de Berne and Ultimate Provence is made in a graduated lineup of styles — from easy-drinking to complex and gastronomic. The new release is available now. Credit: Jill Barth

Provençal rosé—and rosé in general—has been riding a popularity wave in recent years. While there are instances of trendy lifestyle marketing involved, many rosés are wines of quality, made by winemakers of skill and terroir of distinction. Behind them lies a secret weapon, hidden in an unassuming coral-colored building with green shutters: The Center for Rosé Research.

The Center for Rosé Research (Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation sur le Vin Rosé) is located in the small commune of Vidauban, situated in Provence in southeast France. Originated in 1999 as the first and only rosé research center in the world, it serves as a resource for rosé producers in Provence and around the globe. Grounded on centuries of experience held by Provençal vignerons...

Poison D’Avril wine fair

Cool wine fair Saint-Agil, Loir-et-Cher (Loire) I heard about this small wine fair through Christophe Foucher and I'm grateful that he tipped me about it, it's the 2nd year it's happening in the northern tip of the Loir-et-Cher département (I...