red wine

Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1989. Sunridge

When is a second label not a second label? This selection pro­vides the answer. The exalted Mt. Veeder appella­tion, where this wine comes from, is home to a constellation of star-quality Napa wineries: The Hess Collection, Mayacamas, Mt. Veed­er and Chateau Potelle. Sunridge Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the product of the Chateau Potelle estate winery,… read more »

Import Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1990. San Jose De Santiago

The San José de Santiago brand is a brainstorm operation based on the high quality grapes of Chile’s Pacific coast. You have, no doubt, seen and/or enjoyed the excellent fruits that arrive during our winter in North America from Chile. I have been relishing these treats since childhood. The green grocers in my family used… read more »

Domestic Selection: Zinfandel, 1991. Bogle Vineyards

Chris Bogle is the fifth genera­tion of Bogies to farm the fertile Sacramento River Delta region of northern California. In 1968, Chris helped his father, Warren, plant their first vineyard. Then, in 1973, they formed Bogle Vine­yards. With nearly 650 acres under vine, the winery is virtually self sufficient in fruit. In some cases, however,… read more »

Import Selection: Merlot, 1990. Vina Del Mar

In 1987, with their eyes fo­cused north on the U.S.A., an al­ready very successful Chilean wine company created the Villa del Mar brand. The Mitjans family had been producing wine from French grape varieties transplanted to Chile’s fertile farmlands for over seventy years. Their Viña Valdi­vieso line, besides including excel­lent table wines, featured Chile’s largest… read more »

Domestic Selection: RS Reserve, 1989. William Wheeler

Bill and Ingrid Wheeler, own­ers of the William Wheeler Win­ery, met while Bill was posted in South America as a U.S. Foreign Service officer. In 1970 they bought a 175 acre Sonoma County ranch. They planted their first vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon) during 1973-1974 and harvested their first grapes in 1975 (these they “sold off”). They… read more »

Import Selection: Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, 1991. Hardys

Hardys is Australia’s second largest wine producer. The compa­ny dates back to 1953, when Thomas Hardy, just 23 years old, founded Bankside Cellars, three miles from Adelaide in the then “Colony of South Australia”. Ex­hibiting a pioneering spirit, an ex­cellent head for business and a nat­ural flair for wine making, the energetic young man from… read more »

Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1989. McDowell

In 1970, Richard and Karen Keehn purchased over 500 acres in Mendocino’s McDowell Valley. Although grapes for wine produc­tion had been cultivated in this val­ley and sold to Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino wine makers without interruption since the 1890s, no­body had ever put a winery there. The region boasts low fertility, gravely loam soils, ideal… read more »

Import Selection: Cream Sherry, NV. Sanchez Romate

Over 200 years have passed since the prominent and enterpris­ing Don Juan Sanchez de la Torre founded this venerable sherry house. The company has distin­guished itself for the unsurpassed quality of its products many times over, receiving coveted appoint­ments as purveyor to the Royal Family of Spain, the Vatican and the House of Lords. The… read more »

Domestic Selection: Pinot Noir, 1988. Paraiso Springs

Paraiso Hot Springs are situat­ed in the Santa Lucia foothills, 40 minutes south of Salinas in North­ern California’s Monterey County. While establishing the Soledad Mission, Franciscan padres used the springs’ curative waters for healing purposes. The monks also planted early vineyards there. Two hundred years later (1973), current owner Richard Smith planted mod­ern vineyards, eleven… read more »

This Matter of the Color of Wine

Your first introduction to a wine is through the sense of sight. The appearance and color of a wine tells you, or warns you, about what’s coming. The first question we ask: “Is it clear?” Cloudy wines are undesirable. These wines could have several different problems; leftover sugar combining with yeast for a secondary fermentation,… read more »

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