While I'm hugely attracted to Rioja's traditional style wines, especially from longtime producers like Bodegas Franco-Espanolas S.A. and La Rioja Alta Group S.A, there are also many very appealing modern style wines being made there these days.
Rosé One of the most successful to date -- in terms of Parker ratings, and the resulting prices the wines now fetch -- has been Benjamin Romeo. His flagship Contador wine received 100 points from Parker for the 2004 and 2005 vintage, and current releases now retail for well over $300, if you can find them.
Sauvignon Blanc A lesser known, but increasingly successful small producer, whose wines are aged traditionally but that have a very modern feel to them, is Miguel Merino. His wines are now being direct imported to the U.S. by K&L Wines and they represent terrific values for very flavorful, age-worthy, modern Rioja.
Visiting the oldest and most prestigious wine-growing areas in Europe, it’s entirely possible to run into very old vines interplanted with different red and white varieties. In these situations, the owner might not even have identified all the grapes in his vineyard.
Cabernet Shiraz These grapevines were planted in the vineyards wherever they visited, and the new grapes were harvested along with all the others in the vineyard. This reminds us of a basic fact in the history of wine and winemaking in general: grapes traveled. They always traveled via man and continue to do so—today maybe even more than in the past. Following a grape variety’s movements can reveal many things in today’s society, from what is the current favorite wine of a nation to clues about the most popular wine of tomorrow.
Rosé is a freelance wine journalist and wine blogger. She lives in Valpolicella, where the famous red wines Amarone, Ripasso, and Recioto are produced. Professionally, she serves as a web-consultant for wineries, and in her free time writes books about Italian wines. She is also a contributor to Vino Pigro .
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — One of the most enjoyable wine regions in the Pacific Northwest to visit is the northern Willamette Valley.
Shipping Wine To India While liking Pinot Noir will help here in the heart of Oregon wine country, it isn't required. Plenty of wineries not only make such white wines as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Riesling, but some also bring in warm-climate grapes from Southern Oregon, including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Cabernet Shiraz The northern Willamette Valley is less an hour's drive from downtown Portland, and it combines tranquil vineyards and tree-lined countryside with enjoyable small towns. It is a fantastic touring experience, thanks to more than 100 wineries and at least 15 B&Bs.
After years of being passed over for single-variety wines such as cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, a new wave of blended red wines made in a crowd-pleaser style — and priced at a budget-friendly $9 to $12 a bottle — is winning favor with consumers.
Grover Vineyards India “They’re drinking the red blends,” says Doug Bell, national wine and beer buyer for Whole Foods Market. The wines tend to be “kind of plush, very fruity, very smooth,” and offer an alternative to consumers who want to try red wines but aren’t looking for the traditional single-grape varieties.
Shipping Wine To India Wines made from more than one red grape aren’t new, of course. The classic Bordeaux blends from France generally are made from a blend of six grapes, with the predominant grapes being cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. And even single-variety wines aren’t necessarily pure. By law, they can contain up to 25 percent of a grape different from what’s listed on the label.
Staglin Vineyards . The couple, whose son was diagnosed with schizophrenia several years ago, founded IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization) to fund research into better treatments and cures for the “Big 3? psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Currently they donate 100% of profits from their Salus wine label to support this initiative. Notes Garen Staglin, “Of the $140 Million we have raised, virtually 100% of that money has gone directly to research, not to salaries and administration like so many charities.” Read the full Forbes story on the Staglin Family and their journey in the battle against mental health disorders here.
Wines To India Staglin also opens the winery for a grand music festival/fundraiser for IMHRO each fall. This year’s September 15 th event features 70 of the top wineries in America pouring their best offerings. Guests will also enjoy music from Jermaine Jackson. The Festival kicks off with a scientific symposium, featuring keynote speaker Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D, Chair of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, to purchase tickets or sponsor tables, contact Cindy Dyar at (707) 963-4038; Cindy@imhro.org or click here.
Grover Vineyards India is the newest venture from Charles and Ali Banks, former owners (along with partner Stan Kroenke) of Screaming Eagle winery . “When we were part of Screaming Eagle,” observes Charles, “We loved the giving back part of it,” noting the obscenely high bids that Screaming Eagle wines would fetch at charity auctions. The idea of giving back in a more consistent way, and Ali Banks’ passion for social entrepreneurship, formed the soul of Cultivate. Ten percent of every dollar earned is donated to causes that people can vote for on the company website, and funding is open to most causes.
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