Hugh Johnson’s Wine Companion (6th Edition, 2009)

The first edition of this book ignited this writer’s fledgling interest in all things vinous some twenty-five years ago. It was the first wine book I ever bought, almost by accident. I was initially attracted to it because of the superb illustrations by Paul Hogarth rather than by the words; they added to my treasured… Continue reading Hugh Johnson’s Wine Companion (6th Edition, 2009)

Vina Simčič, Teodor Belo Reserve white, Kakovostno Vino ZGP, Goriška Brda, Slovenia. 2004. 13.5%

Slovenia is a middle-European country that was once part of the former Yugoslavia, whose western GoriÅ¡ka province borders the Friuli region of NE Italy. The border between them runs through a small wine area with a violent history, known to Italians as the Collio and Brda to the Slovenes. Once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire,… Continue reading Vina Simčič, Teodor Belo Reserve white, Kakovostno Vino ZGP, GoriÅ¡ka Brda, Slovenia. 2004. 13.5%

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Biodynamic Alsace: JosMeyer et Fils, Wintzenheim, France

JosMeyer is easily found in Wintzenheim, it’s on the main street and approached via a lovely cobbled courtyard that features all the usual hallmarks of Alsace. There are half-timbered buildings featuring ancient oak beams, window boxes full of Pelargonium and red Roses climbing around doorways. Birdsong surrounds us and Bees buzz. Looking up, the sky… Continue reading Biodynamic Alsace: JosMeyer et Fils, Wintzenheim, France

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Weingut Tesch, Nahe, Germany

Dr. Martin Tesch runs Weingut Tesch these days. It has been family-owned and run since 1723 and the estate is a member of the prestigious VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikats – und Qualitätsweingüter), a century-old association of some 200 German wineries dedicated to excellence. In his mid-thirties, Tesch is a microbiologist by training but a winegrower… Continue reading Weingut Tesch, Nahe, Germany

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Right Bank Bordeaux 2004 – wines by Stéphane Derenoncourt

Stéphane Derenoncourt is one of the world’s foremost winemaking consultants, with wineries clamouring for his services. Right Bank Bordeaux is where he started out and established his reputation. While much has been written about him, here is a short reprise.

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Shiraz, Cape Jaffa, La Lune, Mount Benson, South Australia 2006

The Cape Jaffa winery was established back in 1993 at Mount Benson and produced their first vintage in 1995. Owned by the Hooper family, Derek and Anna Hooper can draw on their winemaking experience gained from a number of high-profile estates around the world. Mount Benson is about 300 km south of Adelaide, forming a… Continue reading Shiraz, Cape Jaffa, La Lune, Mount Benson, South Australia 2006

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Malbec, Bodega Colomé, Estate Malbec, Valle Calchaqui, Salta, Argentina. 2005. Biodynamic

When I think of Argentina I think of Colomé. This is one Argentina’s very best wines – benchmark Malbec at a great price. Bodega Colomé is in Salta province, up near the Bolivian border in North West Argentina. This is the high Andes, a desert plateau at an amazing altitude for growing vines. Argentinean producers… Continue reading Malbec, Bodega Colomé, Estate Malbec, Valle Calchaqui, Salta, Argentina. 2005. Biodynamic

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Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc, WO Stellenbosch, South Africa. 2007

Johan Reyneke’s family purchased a rundown property called Uitzicht in 1988. This is in the heart of South Africa’s Cape winelands, in the Polkadraai Hills to the west of Stellenbosch. After Johan took over from his mother he made the first wines under the Reyneke label in 1998. Uitzicht was initially farmed using convention methods.… Continue reading Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc, WO Stellenbosch, South Africa. 2007

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