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  1. Sangiacomo Wines: A Grape Farming Family Takes a Leap

    Sangiacomo Wines: A Grape Farming Family Takes a Leap

    "The family business started with Vittorio, who came to California in 1913 from Genoa, Italy. After working on farms and starting a successful scavenging business, he yearned to work with the land as he had done in Italy. So he bought 52 acres of fruit trees in Sonoma in 1927 and the next year married Maria, a young woman also from Genoa. They focused on growing pears and apples and during the Depression, when land was cheap, they kept buying it, working it with their four children." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher

  2. Nine Oaks Estate: Celebrating Indigenous Georgian Grapes

    Nine Oaks Estate: Celebrating Indigenous Georgian Grapes

    Situated at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in the Kakheti region of Georgia is Nine Oaks, an estate formed in 2011 as a collaboration among longtime friends focused on producing traditionally made Georgian wines. Nine...

  3. South Africa’s Boekenhoutskloof: Resolve to Explore in 2022

    South Africa’s Boekenhoutskloof: Resolve to Explore in 2022

    "When it comes to wine, your New Year’s resolution should always be the same: Try new things, even an upscale Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa with a really long name." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher

  4. Daniele Delaini of Villa Calicantus on Going Natural in Bardolino

    Daniele Delaini of Villa Calicantus on Going Natural in Bardolino

    Daniele Delaini of Villa Calicantus discusses his natural wine evolution in Bardolino, Italy.

  5. Here Are the Names and Words You Will be Hearing in 2022

    Here Are the Names and Words You Will be Hearing in 2022

    Some parts of the wine world move slowly, but there are new trends and buzzwords every year. What should you be prepared to hear in the coming year? Here’s a list from A to Z.

  6. Salvo Foti, Revered Winemaker and Humanist, Tells Us about His Mount Etna

    Salvo Foti, Revered Winemaker and Humanist, Tells Us about His Mount Etna

    "Few folks know Mount Etna like Salvo Foti. Born, raised, and currently living on Etna, in the town of Milo, Salvo lives to protect Etna, her traditions and people. A true Etneo! Throughout the years, Salvo has played an essential role in the recognition of Mount Etna wine, acting as a consultant for many wineries (Benanti, Vini Biondi, etc) that are now famous on the volcano" Marco Salerno

  7. 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. ...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

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