Monthly Archives: October 2021

  1. Pop the Bubbly! But Which? Ten Words That Will Make Your Choice Easier

    Pop the Bubbly! But Which? Ten Words That Will Make Your Choice Easier

    After almost two years of isolation, we’d guess this will be a banner season for bubbly, even if we’re lowering our masks to drink it. You’re about to be overwhelmed with recommendations for sparkling wines. ...

  2. Made By Women In Bardolino: Interview With Claudia Benazzoli

    Made By Women In Bardolino: Interview With Claudia Benazzoli

    The Benazzoli Winery in the Bardolino DOC is run by two sisters Claudia and Giulia the fourth generation of family winemakers.

  3. Trefethen’s $30 Guest-Worthy Chardonnay and a Mystery Solved

    Trefethen’s $30 Guest-Worthy Chardonnay and a Mystery Solved

    While many people might not admit it, Chardonnay, and especially California Chardonnay, continues to be America’s favorite variety, according to the Wine Institute. We certainly understand why, since it was our first love when we started drinking wine.

  4. Chile's Matetic Vineyards: Making Coastal Wines That Are Turning Heads

    Chile's Matetic Vineyards: Making Coastal Wines That Are Turning Heads

    Matetic Vineyards is located in Chile's El Rosario Valley, a sub-valley of the larger San Antonio Valley, just a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean. The Matetic family, originally from Croatia, arrived in Chile 100 years ago and found success as sheep and dairy farmers. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that they expanded into the wine business with the purchase of the estate. The family saw the potential of making great wines in an area of predominantly granitic soils despite the frequently challenging maritime weather conditions.

    “Chile’s cool Pacific coast is really extreme,” says Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Contributing Editor for South America. “It’s windy, dry, foggy, rugged and yet somehow represents a modern western frontier for Chilean winemakers and wineries who want to push limits and produce something particular and different than traditional Cabernets and such.”

    Matetic Vineyards, certified organic since 2004 and Demeter-certified biodynamic since 2012, is considered a pioneer of Chile's cool-climate Syrah but also produces solid examples of other varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. We spoke with Julio Bastias...

  5. Exploring Portugal: Filipa Pato's Soulful Wines

    Exploring Portugal: Filipa Pato's Soulful Wines

    Filipa and her husband, William Wouters, shared with us their passionate dedication to making pure, unadulterated wines in Portugal's Bairrada region.

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