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Chile's Premium Wine RevolutionReport #60 – Chile's Premium Wine Revolution - (43pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • The Search for Terroir
    • Extreme Terroir North and South
    • Extreme Terroir East and West
    • Itata: Chile's Original Vineyard
  • The Winemakers of Chile
  • The Grapes of Chile
  • Chile's Red Varieties
  • Chile's White Varieties
  • Chile's Traditional Varieties
  • Best of the Best
  • Chile's Wine Market
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes
    1. The Wine Valleys of Chile Map
    2. The New Coastal and Andes Appellations Map

Wines Reviewed

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Previous Reports

2016

Wines of the Piedmont: Arneis and Nebbiolo from RoeroReport #59 – Wines of the Piedmont:
Arneis and Nebbiolo from Roero - (33pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • A Brief History
  • Geography, Soils and Climate
  • Vineyards of Roero
  • Arneis
  • Nebbiolo
  • Barbera & Other Varieties
  • Cuisine of Roero
  • Marketing
  • Winery Profiles and Tasting Notes
  • Annex: Map of Roero
  • Annex: Crus of Roero

Wines Reviewed

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Beaujolais In TransitionReport #58 – Beaujolais in Transition - (35pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • A Brief History
  • The Appellations of Beaujolais
  • Geography, Soils and Climate
  • The Beaujolais Vineyard
  • Winemaking and Wine Styles
  • Beaujolais and Food
  • Beaujolais: The Market
  • Winery Profiles and Tasting Notes
  • Annex: Soil Map of the Beaujolais Crus

Wines Reviewed

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The Wines of UruguayReport #57 – Tannat and Other Wines of Uruguay - (30pp)

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History
  • Geography, Soils and Climate
  • The Vineyard
  • Making Tannat
  • Styles of Tannat
  • The Market for Uruguayan Wines
  • Winery Profiles and Tasting Notes
  • Annexes
    1. Map of Uruguay
    2. Uruguay Vineyard Plantings, 1898-1930
    3. Principal Winegrowing Regions

Wines Reviewed

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Chianti Classico: Exciting TimesReport #56 – Chianti Classico: Exciting Times - (31pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Producers of Top-Rated Chianti Classico
  • A Brief, Up-to-Date History
  • Chianti Classico: The Region
  • In the Vineyard
  • Winemaking
  • Chianti Classico: The Wine
  • The Sub-Regions/Communes of Chianti Classico
  • Marketing Chianti Classico
  • Winery Profiles and Tasting Notes (organized by Commune)
  • Annex: Chianti Classico Producers and Their Communes

Wines Reviewed

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South Africa White Blends and Old VIneReport #55 – Wines of South Africa: White Blends & Old Vine - (14pp)

  • Introduction
  • Wine Regions of the Western Cape
  • South African White Blends
  • Old Vine Wines
  • Tasting Notes

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2015

Mount VeederReport #54 – The Wine of Mount Veeder - (22pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • History
  • Geography, Soils and Climate
  • The Mount Veeder Vinyard
  • Wisse and Winemaking
  • Summary
  • Winery Profiles & Tasting Notes
  • Annex: Mount Veeder Appellation Map

Wines Reviewed

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American SparklersReport #53 – The American Sparkling Wine - (38pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • The History of American Sparkling
  • The Grapes of the Sparkling Vineyard
  • Terroir and Viticulture
  • Making Sparkling Wine
  • Sparkling Wine Style
  • Pairing Food and Sparkling Wine
  • Sparkling Wine Producers and Their Wines
  • Annex: Producers by Region

Wines Reviewed

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SherryReport #52 – The Best of Sherry - (13pp)

  • Introduction
  • Our Favorite Sherry Producers
  • Styles of Sherry
  • Winery Profiles and Tasting Notes
  • Annex: The Sherry Triangle

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SicilyReport #51 – The Best Indigenous Wines of Sicily - (8pp)

  • Introduction
  • The Grapes and Appellation
  • Our Favorite Sicilian Producers
  • Wine Profiles and Tasting Notes
  • Map: Principal Wine Regions of Sicily

Wines Reviewed

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ChablisReport #50 – The Wines of Chablis - (34pp)

  • Introduction
  • Selected Top Producers
  • History
    • Grand Cru
    • Premier Cru
    • Chablis & Petit Chablis
  • Soils and Climate
  • The Chablis Vineyard
  • Making Chablis
  • Food and Wine
    • Pairing Chablis and Food
    • Restaurants of Chablis
    • Aging Chablis
  • Winery Profiles & Tasting Notes
  • Annexes
    • Map of Chablis
    • Premiers Crus

Wines Reviewed

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SpainReport #49 – The Best of Spain - (20pp)

  • Introduction
  • Top-Rated Producers
  • Rioja and the Ebro River Valley
  • Ribera del Duero and the Duero River Valley
  • Priorat and Catalonia
  • Sierra de Gredos
  • Annex
    1. Map of Spain

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CarnerosReport #48 – The Wines of Los Carneros - (31pp)

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History
  • Geography, Soils and Climate
  • The Vineyards
  • The Grapes
  • The Sparkling Wines of Los Carneros
  • Los Carneros Producers and their Wines
  • Annexes
    1. Map of Los Carneros
    2. Selected Vineyard Profiles

Wines Reviewed

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The Best of TuscanyReport #47 – The Best of Tuscany - (19pp)

In this Tenth Anniversary Special Report we revisit our favorite producers from throughout Tuscany, including Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and the Maremma.

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The Best of SoaveReport #46 – The Best of Soave - (6pp)

In this Tenth Anniversary Special Report we focus the spotlight on the new and improved Soaves of our favorite producers.

Wines Reviewed

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Virginia Wines Come of AgeReport #45 – Virginia Wine Comes of Age - (43pp)

  • Introduction
  • Top-Rated Producers
  • The Evolution of Virginia Wine
  • Geography and Climate
  • Viticulture
  • The Grapes of Virginia
  • Winemaking
  • Virginia Wine and American Cuisine
  • The Virginia Wine Market
  • Virginia's Producers and Their Wines
  • Annexes
    1. Map of Virginia Wine Regions
    2. Principal Virginia Appellations
    3. Temperature and Rainfall Maps
    4. Barboursville Octagon Vertical Tasting

Wines Reviewed

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2014

Wines of Sonoma CountyReport #44 – The Wines of Sonoma County - Double Issue - (71pp)

  • Introduction
  • Top-Rated Producers
  • Highlights of Sonoma's Wine History
  • Geography, Climate and Soils
  • Vineyards, Vines and Vintages
  • The AVAs of Sonoma County
  • Coastal Cool Climate AVAs and Their Wines
  • Coastal Warm Climate AVAs and Their Wines
  • Future Challenges and Opportunities
  • Annexes
    1. Wine Map of Sonoma County
    2. The Soils of Sonoma County

Wines Reviewed

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Wines of RiojaReport #43 – Wines of Rioja - A New Look - (43pp)

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History of Wine in Rioja
  • The Region
    • Rioja Alavesa
    • Rioja Alta
    • Rioja Baja
  • Soils and Climate
  • The Grapes of Rioja
  • The Vineyard
  • Winemaking
  • Styles of Rioja
  • Rioja Wine and Tapas
  • The Market for Rioja Wine
  • Winery Profiles, Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annex
    Top Rated Wines

Wines Reviewed

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Wines of CataloniaReport #42 – Wines of Catalonia - (39pp)

  • Introduction
  • Geography, Climate and Soils
  • A Brief History of Wine in Catalonia
  • Viticulture and the Grapes
  • The Appellations, Producers and Their Wines
    • PenedŔs
    • Cava
    • Priorat
    • Montsant
    • Terra Alta
    • Costers del Segre
    • EmpordÓ
    • Other DO’s of Catalonia
  • Catalonia’s Cuisine
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings: Still Wines and Cava
  • Annex
    Indigenous Grapes of Catalonia

Wines Reviewed

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Sparkling WinesReport #41 – The Amarones of Valpolicella - (27pp)

  • Introduction
  • Amarone's Terroir: Soils and Climate
  • A Brief History of Amarone
  • The Grapes of Amarone
  • The Vineyard
  • Winemaking
  • Styles of Amarone
  • Amarone and Food
  • The Market for Amarone
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes
    1. Vintages 2000-2013
    2. Cooperatives in Valpolicella

Wines Reviewed

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Sparkling WinesSpecial Report – Exciting Sparkling Wines of South Africa - (9pp)

  • A Brief History
  • Chefs de Cave
  • Appellations
  • Vintages
  • Styles
  • Prices and Availability
  • The Wines

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Sparkling RoséReport #40
Consumer's Guide to Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wine - (22pp)

  • Introduction
  • A Consumer's Guide
  • Making Rosé: The Méthode Champenoise
  • Top Rated Rosés Around the World
    • Champagne
    • Crémants and French Sparkling
    • Cava Rosado
    • Franciacorta and Other Italian
    • US Sparkling
    • Best Under $30
  • Pairing Rosé with Food
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

Wines Reviewed

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2013

MontefalcoSpecial Report – The Wines of Montefalco in Umbria - (6pp)

  • Introduction
  • The Region
  • Sagrantino: The Grape
  • Winemaking
  • The Wines
  • Pairing Sagrantino with Food
  • Wine Reviews and Ratings
  • Annex: Map of Montefalco

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GrenacheReport #39 – The World of Grenache - (37pp)

  • Introduction
  • History of Grenache
  • Grenache Today
  • In the Vineyard
  • In the Winery
  • Styles and Flavor Profiles
  • Food and Wine Pairing
  • Wine Reviews and Ratings
    • France
    • Spain
    • United States
    • Australia

Wines Reviewed

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Washington StateReport #38 – Wines of Washington State - Double Issue - (51pp)

  • A Brief Wine History
  • Geography, Climate & Soils
  • The Vineyards of Washington
  • Grapes and Wines
    • Bordeaux Reds
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Rhone Reds
    • Riesling
    • Chardonnay & Other White Varieties
  • The Market for Washington Wine
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes
    1. Columbia Valley Map
    2. Major Washington Vineyards

Wines Reviewed

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SIcilyReport #37 – Wines of Sicily - (30pp)

  • A Brief Wine History
  • Geography
  • Improvements in Viticulture and Winemaking
    • The Vineyard
    • The Winery
  • The Grapes and Wines
  • Sicilian Food and Wine Pairing
  • The Market for Sicilian Wine
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

Wines Reviewed

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Santa BarbaraReport #36 – Wines of Santa Barbara - (46pp)

  • Introduction
  • Santa Barbara's Top Producers
  • The Geography of Santa Barbara
  • Historical Highlights
  • Climate and Soils
  • Viticulture and the Vineyards
  • The Grapes and Wines
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • The Restaurants of Santa Barbara Wine Country
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes
    1. The Vineyards of Santa Barbara
    2. Map of Santa Barbara County Wine Regions

Wines Reviewed

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South African Chenin BlancSpecial Report – South African Chenin Blanc - (9pp)

  • Introduction
  • History of Chenin Blanc in South Africa
  • Wine Growing Regions for Chenin Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc, The Grape
  • Leading Producers of South African Chenin Blanc
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

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The Wines of SoaveReport #35 – The Wines of Soave - (40pp)

  • Introduction
  • The New Wines of Soave
  • Geography and the Vineyard
  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Producers of the New Wines of Soave
  • Soave and the Foods of the Veneto
  • Soave in the US Market
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes:
    • Soil Map of Soave
    • The Crus of Soave

Wines Reviewed

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2012

Champagne RevisitedReport #34 – Champagne Revisited - (40pp)

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • The Regions of Champagne
  • In the Vineyard
  • In the Winery (Méthode Champenoise)
  • Producer Houses, Growers, and Cooperatives
  • Styles of Champagne
  • Champagne with Food
  • How to Read a Champagne Label
  • The Market for Champagne
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes:
    • Dosage Levels in Champagne
    • Map of Champagne

Wines Reviewed

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The Wines of Paso RoblesReport #33 – The Wines of Paso Robles - (38pp)

  • Introduction
  • A Brief Wine History
  • Geography and Terroir
  • Viticulture in Paso Robles
  • Wines of Paso Robles
  • Fine Dining in Paso Robles
  • Marketing Paso Robles Wines
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes:
    • Map of Paso Robles Wineries
    • The Vineyards of Paso Robles

Wines Reviewed

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The New Wines of IsraelReport #32 – The New Wines of Israel - (34pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Wine in the Land of Israel: A Brief History
  • Wine Regions
  • The Vineyards and Grapes of Israel
  • Winemaking
  • Wine Tourism
  • The Market for Israeli Wines
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annex I:   Israel's Young Winemakers
  • Annex II:  Israel Wine Map

Wines Reviewed

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Wines of South AfricaReport #31 – Brunello di Montalcino - (30pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • History of Brunello di Montalcino
    • Biondi Santi: The Beginnings
    • Modern History: Expansion and Investment
  • Brunello di Montalcino: The Region and the Wine
    • The Sub-Regions of Montalcino
  • In the Vineyards
    • Sangiovese, The Grape
    • Vineyard Management
    • Vintage
  • Winemaking
    • Styles and Types of Brunello
    • Single Vineyard and Riserva Brunellos
  • Pairing Brunello with Food
  • The Market for Brunello
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

Wines Reviewed

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South African Value WinesSpecial Report – South African Value Wines - (15pp)

  • Introduction
  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • White Blends & Other White Wines
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinotage
  • Syrah
  • Bordeaux and Other Red Blends
  • The Market for Value Wines

Wines Reviewed

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Wines of South AfricaReport #30 – The Wines of South Africa - (58pp)

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History of South African Wine from 1652
    • Modern Times
  • The Diverse Regions of South Africa
    • Constantia and Cape Point
    • Stellenbosch
    • The South Coast
    • The Center
    • Swartland and Tulbagh
    • The West Coast
  • The South African Vineyard
    • Production of Table Wine
    • Challenges in the Vineyard
    • Bio-Diversity and Environmental Protection
    • Vintages
  • South Africa's Grapes and Wines
    • Chenin Blanc
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Sparkling Wine
    • Diverse Whites
    • Pinotage
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Syrah
    • Bordeaux Blends
    • Pinot Noir
  • The Wine and Food Paradise of the Western Cape
    • Cuisine of the Cape
    • Fine Restaurants in Wine Country
  • The Market for South African Wine
    • Prospects for US Exports
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annex 1: Appellations and Labels

Wines Reviewed

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2011

Sweet Wines of the WorldReport #29 – The Wines of Monterey County - (38pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • The Wine History of Monterey County
  • Monterey: The Region
    • The AVA's
  • Viticulture
    • Trends in Viticulture
    • Managing the Wind
    • The Clones of Monterey
  • Monterey Wines
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Noir
    • Other Varieties
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annex: Selected Estate and Single Vineyards
  • Annex: Monterey's Innovative, Young Winemakers

Wines Reviewed

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Sweet Wines of the WorldReport #28 – The Wines of Priorat - (23pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • A Brief History of Priorat
  • The Region
  • The Grapes
  • In the Vineyard
  • Winemaking
  • Wine Styles
  • Priorat in the Market Place
  • Annex: Map of the Priorat DOQ
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Previous Wine Reports

Wines Reviewed

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Sweet Wines of the WorldReport #27 – Sweet Wines of the World - (39pp)

  • Introduction
  • History of Sweet Wine
  • The World of Sweet Wines
  • Types of Sweet Wines
    • Botrytis Affected
    • Wines from Dried Grapes
    • Late Harvest
    • Muscat and Brachetto
    • Icewine
    • Fortified Whites
    • Fortified Reds
  • Pairing Sweet Wines and Food: The Basics
    • Serving and Storing Sweet Wines
    • Sweet Wine and Food PairingRecommendations
  • Purchasing Sweet Wines
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

Wines Reviewed

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The Diverse Wines of ArgentinaReport #26 – The Diverse Wines of Argentina - (54pp)

  • Introduction
  • History of Wine and Winemaking in Argentina
    • The Revolución Vitivinicola
    • Modern Pioneers
    • Today's Winemakers and Consultants
  • Argentina's Major Wine Regions
    • Climate, Soils and Production
    • The Regions
  • The Grapes and Wines of Argentina
    • Malbec
    • Bonarda
    • Torrontés
    • Other Varietals
  • The Market for Argentina's Diverse Wines
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes
    • Top Rated Wines by Price Category
    • Technical Note on Malbec

Wines Reviewed

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The Wines of AustriaReport #25 – The Wines of Austria - (56pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Terroir: Geography, Climate, Soils
  • The Regions and Appellations of Austria
    • Niederösterreich
    • Wien
    • Burgenland
    • Steiermark
  • A Brief History of Wine
  • Austrian Wine Labels
  • The Grapes and Wines of Austria
    • Grüner Veltliner
    • Riesling
    • Other White Wines
    • Blaufränkisch
    • Zweigelt
    • Other Red Wines
    • Ruster Ausbruch and TBA
  • The Food and Wine of Austria
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annex I Austrian Vintages 2006 – 2010

Wines Reviewed

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2010

The New Wines of PortugalReport #24 – The New Wines of Portugal -Double Issue- (61pp)

  • Introduction
  • The Geography and Wines of Portugal
  • Portugal’s Wine History
  • The Pioneers of Wine
  • Portugal’s Consulting Winemakers
  • The Vines and Wines of Portugal
  • Portugal’s Regions and Their Wines
  • Portuguese Food and Wine Pairing
  • Economics and the Market
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings by Region
    • Vinho
    • Verde
    • Douro
    • Beiras
    • Lisboa
    • Tejo
    • Set˙bal Peninsula
    • Alentejo

Wines Reviewed

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Ribera del Duero RevisitedReport #23 – Wines of Ribera del Duero Revisited (23pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Ribera del Duero: Top Producers and Their Wines
  • The Mighty Duero
  • Tempranillo: The Grape
  • Regulations and Classifications
  • In the Vineyard
  • Winemaking: The Quality Revolution
  • Wine Tourism in Ribera del Duero
  • The US Market for Spanish and Ribera del Duero Wines
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Special Supplement: Ribera del Duero Wines Available for Import

Wines Reviewed

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Grapes and Wine of the Western LoireReport #22 – Grapes and Wines of the Western Loire (31pp)

  • Introduction
  • Geography, Climate and Soils
  • The Regions and Appellations of the Loire
  • The Grapes and Wines of the Loire
    • Chenin Blanc
    • Cabernet Franc
    • Melon de Bourgogne
    • Other Reds
  • Food and Wine of the Western Loire
  • Wonderful Wine Values of the Loire
  • Tasting Notes
  • Annex 1: Map of the Loire
  • Annex 2: The Appellations, Varietals, and Wine Styles of the Western Loire

Wines Reviewed

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The Chilean Wine RevolutionReport #21 – The Chilean Wine Revolution (47pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgement
  • Santa Lucia Highlands: The Region
  • A Brief History of Chile’s Wine Revolution
  • The Search for Terroir
  • Viticulture and Winemaking
  • Chile’s Grapes
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Chardonnay
    • Carmenere
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Red Blends
    • Syrah
    • Pinot Noir
  • Pairing Carmenere with Dishes from Around the World
  • The Market for Chilean Wine
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annex 1: Chile’s Search for Terroir: From North to South

Wines Reviewed

2009

The Wines of Santa Lucia HighlandsReport #20 – The Wines of Santa Lucia Highlands: Unique Terroir, Marvelous Wines (31pp)

  • Introduction
  • The Highlands and Monterey: An Historical Note
  • Santa Lucia Highlands: The Region
  • Viticulture in the Highlands
  • The Vineyards of the Highlands
  • Wines of the Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Economics of SLH Wines
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Annexes:
    • Selected Vineyard Profiles
    • Table–SantaLuciaHighlandsVineyards
    • Map of Santa Lucia Highlands Vineyards

Wines Reviewed

The Wines of NavarraReport #19 – The Wines of Greece: Santorini and Assyrtiko (15pp)

  • Introduction
  • The Island
  • Viticulture
  • The Grapes
  • Winemaking
  • Assyrtiko and Food
  • The Future for Santorini and Assyrtiko
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Wine Reports

The Wines of NavarraReport #18 – The Wines of Navarra (27pp)

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • History of Wine in Navarra
  • Navarra: The Region
  • Navarra Wines: Variety and Style
  • The Navarra Vineyard
  • Pairing Navarra's Rosés with Food
  • The Market for Navarra Wine
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

Informe #18 - Vinos de Navarra

Wines Reviewed

Sauvignon of the LoireReport #17 – Sauvignon of the Loire (23pp)

  • Introduction
  • The Loire: A Brief History
  • Geography, Climate and Soils
  • Sauvignon Blanc: The Grape
  • The Loire and its Appellations
  • In the Vineyard
  • Making Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vintages in the Loire
  • Pairing Sauvignon Blanc and Food
  • The Market for Sauvignon
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

Wines Reviewed

Oregon Pinot NoirReport #16 – Oregon Pinot Noir (31pp)

  • Introduction
  • A Very Brief History of Oregon Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Noir: The Grape
  • Geography, Climate and Soils
  • In the Vineyard
  • In the Winery
  • The Styles of Oregon Pinot Noir
  • Oregon Pinot Noir and Food Pairings
  • The Market for Pinot Noir
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings

Wines Reviewed

Chianti ClassicoReport #15 – The Wines of Chianti Classico (28pp)

  • History of Chianti Classico
  • Chianti: The Region and the Wine
  • Sangiovese the Grape
  • In the Vineyard
  • Winemaking in Chianti Classico
  • Chianti Classico, The Wine
  • Vintages
  • Pairing Chianti Classico with Food
  • The Market for Chianti Classico
  • The Tasting Notes and Rating (250 wines)

Wines Reviewed

2008

Sparkling Wine PourReport #14 – The World of Sparkling Wines and Champagne (40pp)

  • Types and Styles of Sparkling Wines
  • Our Selection of Top Sparkling Wines and Champagne
  • Factors that Contribute to Quality Sparkling Wine
  • Sparkling Wine Production Methods
  • How to Taste Champagne and Sparkling Wine
  • Pairing Sparkling Wine and Food
  • Sparkling Wines and Champagne Tasting Notes and Ratings (250 wines)

Wines Reviewed

man pouring Sherry in casksSpecial Report – Introduction to Sherry (20pp)
Informe Especial -Introducción al Sherry (20pp)

  • The Sherry Triangle
  • The Consejo Regulador
  • Climate and Soil The Grapes and Viticultural Practices
  • How Sherry is Made
  • Shades and Styles of Sherry
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings (75 sherries)

Wines Reviewed

Rioja LogoReport #13 – The Wines Of Rioja: Classical and New Wave (35 pp)

  • 30 Noteworthy Classical and New Wave Producers
  • History of Modern Winemaking
  • The Region
  • Rioja’s Classification System
  • The Grapes, The Vineyard, Winemaking
  • Styles of Rioja Wine: Classical and New Wave
  • Pairing Rioja Wine and Food: A Tasting at Jaleo Restaurant
  • The Market for Rioja by Price and Ratings
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings (350 wines)

Wines Reviewed

Tasting Sirah SyrahReport #12 – California Petite Sirah II
Syrah Update:
California and the Northwest
Selections from California and Washington State (27pp)

  • To-Rated Producers
  • The Grape
  • Petite Sirah in the Vineyard, Winemaking
  • Durif in Australia
  • Serving and Pairing Petite Sirah with Food
  • Petite Sirah in the Markplace
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings (175 wines)

Wines Reviewed

New Zealand LandscapeReport #11 –2005 Bordeaux Crus Bourgeois (20pp)

  • Top Rated 2005 Crus Bourgeois
  • Overview of Bordeaux
  • How Bordeaux Has Changed
  • The Style and Drinkability of 2005 Crus Bourgeois
  • The Classification system: Then and Now
  • The Cru bourgeois Market
  • The Bordelaise Culinary Scene
  • Tasting notes and ratings (200 wines)

Wines Reviewed

Unoaked Chardonnay LabelsReport #10 – Unoaked Chardonnay: It’s More Than Wood (24pp)

  • Chablis: The Classic Model for Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Characteristics of Chardonnay without Oak
  • Chardonnay in the Vineyard
  • The Winemaker’s Toolbox
  • Unoaked Chardonnay with Food
  • The Market for Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Unoaked Chardonnay: by Sandy Block
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings (110 Wines)

Wines Reviewed

2007

Champagne PourReport #9 – Champagne (24pp)

  • Champagne: An Overview
  • The Evolution of the Champagne Method
  • The Regions of Champagne
  • The Vineyard Classification System
  • Vintages
  • The Grapes
  • In the Vineyard
  • In the Winery: Méthode Champenoise
  • Styles of Champagne
  • Grower Champagne and House Champagne: Different Paths to Quality
  • Champagne with Food
  • The Label: What to Look for
  • The Market
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings (100 champagnes)

Wines Reviewed

Logo of Ribera del DueroReport #8 – The Wines of Ribera del Duero (28 pp)

  • Spain and Castilla y León
  • The Grape: The Many Faces of Tempranillo
  • The Classification System in Ribera del Duero
  • The Region Climate and Soil
  • The Growing Cycle and the Harvest
  • Recent Vintages in Ribera del Duero
  • In the Vineyard and Irrigation
  • Vine Pests: Voles
  • Winemaking
  • The Use of Oak
  • Variations in Style: Vine Age,
  • Phenolic Ripeness and Maturation
  • A Study in Style: Vega Sicilia and Dominio de Pingus
  • Pairing Ribera del Duero Wines with Food
  • Marketing the Wines of Ribera del Duero
  • The Producers: iWineReview’s 30 to Watch
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings (200 wines)

Wines Reviewed

New Zealand LandscapeReport #7 - New Zealand's Exciting Pinot Noirs (28pp)

  • The Grape: The Elusive Magic of Pinot Noir
  • The Region: Pinot Noir in New Zealand
  • History
  • Important Regions for Pinot Noir
  • Climate
  • In the Vineyard: Taming a Temperamental Grape
  • The Soils and Trellis Systems
  • Planting Material and Clones
  • Phylloxera, Fruit Damage and Vine Age
  • In the Winery: Making Pinot Noir
  • Determining Ripeness and Harvesting Pinot Noir
  • Fermentation Practices and Fruit Handling
  • Cellar Conditions and Bottle Closures
  • The Style of New Zealand Pinot Noir
  • Pairing New Zealand Pinot Noir with Food
  • In the Marketplace: The Outlook for Exports
  • A Bright Future for New Zealand Pinot Noir
  • The Producers: i-WineReview's 25 to Watch
  • The Wines: Tasting Notes and Rating  (85 wines)

Wines Reviewed

Douro BoysSpecial Report - Red Wines of Portugal: the Douro Boys and Barca Velha (11pp)

  • The Douro Region
  • The Grapes
  • The Wines
  • Resources

Wines Reviewed

Malbec vineyard with mountains in backgroundReport #6 - The Wines of Southern Italy: From Quantity to Quality (40pp)

  • Towards Wine Quality in Southern Italy
  • The Grapes
  • The Role of Consulting Enologists
  • The Classification System
  • The Producers
  • Marketing Southern Italian Wines
  • Pairing Southern Italian Food and Wine
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings (275 Wines)

Wines Reviewed

2006

Malbec vineyard with mountains in background

Report #5 - Argentina’s Magnificent Malbec (35pp)

  • The Tasting
  • Malbec and Mendoza
  • Malbec: The Grape
  • Malbec in the Vineyard
  • Winemaking
  • The Argentine Wine Industry 1
  • The Export Market
  • Marvelous Malbec and Food
  • Tasting Notes and Ratings
  • Malbec Wines By Rating and Pricing (150 wines)

Wines Reviewed

Syrah Vineyard on the rolling hillsReport #4 - Syrah from California and the Northwest - Red Hot and Cool (25pp)

  • The Origin of Syrah
  • Syrah in the US
  • Acreage Reports, Trends and Important AVAs
  • Working with Syrah in the Vineyards
  • of California, and the Pacific Northwest
  • Climate and Styles of Syrah
  • Ripeness, Harvest Parameters, and the
  • Issue of Alcohol
  • Working with Syrah in the Winery
  • Pairing Syrah with Foods
  • The Future: Whither Syrah from California and the Pacific Northwest
  • Tasting Notes for California and Pacific Northwest Syrah (250 wines)

Wines Reviewed

Vacqueyras Grenache labelReport #3 - Grenache Wines of Australia, California, France and Spain (28pp)

  • Background and History of Grenache
  • Food and Wine Pairing
  • Styles
  • California-WA State Grenache Tasting Notes
  • Australian Grenache Tasting Notes
  • French Grenache Tasting Notes
  • Spanish Grenache (Garnacha) Tasting Notes
  • Italian Tasting Notes
  • Grenache Wines by Rating and Pricing

Wines Reviewed

SlaentienReport #2 - Red Table Wines of Portugal (26pp)

  • The Portuguese Wine Scene
  • Classifications of Portuguese Wine
  • Most Important Red Wine Regions of Portugal
  • The Principal Red Wine Grapes of Portugal
  • Portuguese wine Styles: Traditional and Modern
  • Vintages
  • Marketing Portuguese Wines in the US
  • Portuguese Wine and Food
  • References and Further Reading
  • Red Table Wines Tasting Notes (190 Wines)

Wines Reviewed

Petite Sirah Old VineReport #1 - California Petite Sirah (8pp)

  • The IWR Tasting
  • The Results
  • Background on the Grape
  • Petite Sirah in the vineyard
  • Severing and Pairing with Food
  • Tasting Notes (35 Wines)

Wines Reviewed