2015 August

Chardonnay, 1982. Coastal Wines Ltd.| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHARDONNAY. 1982 – COASTAL WINES LTD. by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1983 The negociant concept is not common to the United States wine market. It is very widespread in Europe. In fact, the growth of the wine industry in countries like France and Germany can be credited in many respects to the marketing skill of the… read more »

Cabernet Sauvignon, 1980. Topolos At Russian River Vineyards| Vintage Wine History and Information

CABERNET SAUVIGNON. 1980–TOPOLOS AT RUSSIAN RIVER VINEYARDS by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | August 1983 This winemaker has flair. He does things in a different way. His label is sideways on the bottle!.. He puts his name on the label preceding the name of the winery, with the preposition “at” possibly implying that he comes first… read more »

Chateau Giscours, 1977. Margaux| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHATEAU GISCOURS. 1977 – MARGAUX by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1983 The credentials of our red wine this month carries a lot of clout. If you know Bordeaux wines, you know about Chateau Giscours. It is situ­ated in the parish of Margaux, near the village of Labarde. The famous classification of 1855 for Medoc wines,… read more »

Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 1981. Ilraccianello | Vintage Wine History and Information

VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO. 1981 – ILRACCIANELLO by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1984 The wine of Michelangelo! What a credential. Well… that is what a waiter may tell you in Tuscany, when he finds you struggling with a wine list. However if you raise your eyebrows, and maybe attempt to comment that you had not… read more »

Chardonnay, 1982. Santa Ynez Valley Winery| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHARDONNAY. 1982 – SANTA YNEZ VALLEY WINERY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | February 1984 The California wine this month has a remarkable heritage. The site of the winery is the Old College Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley. It housed the first college estab­lished in California by Franciscan priests in 1843. In 1923, the Bettencourts purchased the… read more »

Viña Monty, 1975. Bodegas Montecillo| Vintage Wine History and Information

VIÑA MONTY. 1975 – BODEGAS MONTECILLO by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | February 1984 There were vineyards in Rioja when the Romans colonized this area of Spain. It was one of the first regions to be recaptured during the Reconquest, and it supplied wine in large quantity to the thirsty Conquistadors. By 1770 a ” Royal Society… read more »

Bernkasteler Badstube, 1983. Riesling Spatlese. H. Thaprich| Vintage Wine History and Information

BERNKASTELER BADSTUBE. 1983 – RIESLING SPATLESE. H. THAPRICH by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1984 Bernkastel is a jewel of a town on a sharp bend of the Mosel river. The area is known as the Mittelmosel or middle mosel, and is part of the greater Mosel-Saar-Ruhr wine producing region. It is a jewel in many… read more »

Macon Lugny, 1982. Les Charmes. Cave de Lugny | Vintage Wine History and Information

MACON LUGNY. 1982 – LES CHARMES. CAVE DE LUGNY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | March 1984 The Maconnais section of the Burgundy region of France is located at the southern end. Little attention was give to Macon wines till the last decade. Wines from this region are reasonable, and they are good. Alexis Lichine tells this story:… read more »

Cabernet Sauvignon, 1980. Davis Bynum| Vintage Wine History and Information

CABERNET SAUVIGNON. 1980 – DAVIS BYNUM by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | March 1984 Davis Bynum was a newspaper­man. He was a four-pack a day, cigarette smoking newspaperman. Can you imagine that! He quit smoking, cold turkey, and went into the wine business. The San Francis­co Chronicle lost their “This World” section writer in 1963. He went… read more »

Pinot Noir, 1979. The Firestone Vineyard| Vintage Wine History and Information

PINOT NOIR. 1979 –THE FIRESTONE VINEYARD by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1984 After spending 12 years in the family tire business, Brooks Firestone decided that was not for him. “I’m a slow learner,” he now laughs. “It took me that long to figure out I wasn’t made for it.” He was restless and ready… read more »