Alma Vitis, a White Wine from Portugal

Alma Vitis, white wine in Portugal

On a pleasant, sunlit afternoon, we opened a bottle of Alma Vitis wine from Portugal. This particular Alma Vitis white wine was a gift from the mayor of a town in the Torres Vedras DOC region. Our wine tour, e-Spain by Ángel Moretón, had stopped at three small wineries in the Torres Vedras DOC region and we were pleased to meet Carlos Manuel Antunes Bernardes, mayor of Torres Vedras. After our wine tasting at Quinta da Folgorosawe returned to our large tour bus and were pleasantly surprised to realize that we had been gifted with a Alma Vitis white wine. The Alma Vitis wine was 13.5% alcohol. The color of the wine was a pale yellow with a green hue. The wine aroma was light and delicate with tropical fruit notes including grapefruit and hints of pineapple.  The taste included ...

Jérôme Lambert (Loire)

Jérôme Lambert in this chai Champs-sur-Layon, Anjou (Loire) We're here in Anjou south of Angers, another hot area for natural wine. Jérome Lambert was a salesman in his former life and he began spending time in the vineyards and make...

Major Levente, Matra (Hungary)

Levente in his cellar Abasár, Matra (Hungary) Levente (given names follow the family names in Hungary) is part of a vibrant group of young winemakers who give a new impetus to the small wine region of Matra, a hilly area...

Christian & Nadia Charmasson (Rhone)

Christian & Nadia Charmasson Tavel, Rhone valley Nadia and Christian Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières are making wine in Tavel in the southern Rhône but don't look for the Tavel wines found in the supermarkets for analogy because they work...

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...

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 ...