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  1. Distinctly Greek! A New Style of Retsina Is Revitalizing One of the World’s Longest-Lived Wine Traditions

    Distinctly Greek! A New Style of Retsina Is Revitalizing One of the World’s Longest-Lived Wine Traditions

    The story of retsina wine can be traced back to ancient times, when wine was typically stored and transported in clay jugs called amphorae. In Greece, one of the world’s oldest winemaking civilizations, winemakers used thick resin from the abundantly-growing Aleppo pine trees to seal the amphorae and protect the wine from oxidation. Evidence of pine resin has been found in Greek wine amphorae dating back to the 13th century B.C.

  2. Florian Gojer Explores the Compelling Contrasts of Santa Maddalena

    Florian Gojer Explores the Compelling Contrasts of Santa Maddalena

    The Gojers are among the oldest and most respected vintners in Alto Adige—in 1987, Florian Gojer was the first producer in the Santa Maddalena region to bottle a wine from a specific vineyard, Vigna Rondell, in order to express the site’s distinctive character. Florian Gojer, his son, is now in the process of taking over the winery. At age 21, he planted the estate’s first white vines, leading to the Gojer family’s first white wines a few years later. We had a chance to ask Florian some questions about his family’s history and his estate’s future. 

    Elliott Eglash: What do you think makes your growing region special or distinctive? 

    Florian Gojer: Alto Adige is a contrast-full wine region. While in warm valley locations strong red wines find excellent conditions, in cool mountain locations white wines grow which reflect the alpine freshness. If we look at our own wines, it is very similar: In Santa Maddalena, the warmest location of the country, fine St. Maddalena wines grow in steep hillside locations and in the Bolzano Valley locations the heat-loving and powerful Lagrein wines. On the other hand, our white wines Kerner, Sauvignon and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), come from sites between 600 and 730 meters above sea level, where cool downdrafts from the mountain maintain the acidity and provide fresh aromas.

    Tell me about the history of your estate, and how you came to be involved in it and in winemaking.

    The Glögglhof is the name of the estate and farmhouse. Traditionally the farmhouses have names. 'Glöggl' means little bell, 'hof' stands for estate. The Glögglhof dates back to the 14th century and wine has always been produced here from the associated vin...

  3. Infiné 1939 Pinot Grigio: A Son 'At Last' Fulfills a Father's Dream

    Infiné 1939 Pinot Grigio: A Son 'At Last' Fulfills a Father's Dream

    "Inside the uniquely shaped bottles of Infiné 1939 Pinot Grigio and Infiné 1939 At Last, a white blend, is a son’s love and admiration for his late father, “gone too soon,” the son, Marc Taub, told us the other day, describing his dad, David Taub."

  4. Librandi: A flickering light in a dark past of Calabrian wine, with hopes of keeping on the lights

    Librandi: A flickering light in a dark past of Calabrian wine, with hopes of keeping on the lights

    Even though Calabria is one of the oldest wine regions in the world, it has had an obscured past unbeknown...

  5. Thymiopoulos Vineyards: X(inomavro) Marks the Spot

    Thymiopoulos Vineyards: X(inomavro) Marks the Spot

    Oft compared to Nebbiolo, Xinomavro brings out the bold in Naoussa. Biodynamic winemaker Apostolos Thymiopoulos breaks down the region, the grapes, and the power of letting the land do its thing.

  6. Surprise of Texas: Bending Branch’s Dr. Bob Makes a Sizzling Rosé Sparkler from Tannat

    Surprise of Texas: Bending Branch’s Dr. Bob Makes a Sizzling Rosé Sparkler from Tannat

    We taste many wines for this column and we always hope for the best, but, look, we’re human; we do open some with greater anticipation than others. One wine we tried recently was a sparkling rosé of Tannat from Bending Branch Winery in Texas. Here are the first two words of our tasting notes: “We’re surprised.”

    It’s not news that ...

  7. From the Soul of the Dolomites: Thomas Niedermayr - Hof Gandberg Natural Wines Are Perfectly Imperfect

    From the Soul of the Dolomites: Thomas Niedermayr - Hof Gandberg Natural Wines Are Perfectly Imperfect

    "Our wine surely has edges and corners, but not for the fact that it is made from Piwi but because they are handcrafted wines that speak of where they come from." Thomas Niedermayr

  8. Dorothy J and John

    Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer in Two Bottles: Decanting Drama

    "We had had other wines from GunBun, as people call it, but had not recently had its Gewürz until pioneering winemaker David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars wrote a couple of years ago that if we loved the Navarro, we had to try the GunBun. "

  9. thoroughbred

    Thoroughbred, and Thoroughly Delicious: An Interview with Bill Cromwell of Pinhook

    "Our founder was a sommelier for a long time, so we started to look at whiskey a little bit more like wine." -Bill Cromwell

  10. Photos: Maison Albert Bichot

    The Treasure that Lies Beneath Their Feet: Maison Albert Bichot on Taking Care of the Soil, from Chablis to Beaujolais

    "Our goal is really to promote the different terroirs and to be able to show the little differences we have in the different climats." - Matthieu Mangenot, Maison Albert Bichot

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