Winery Profiles

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A Fresh Look At Rodney Strong Vineyards

Rodney Strong Vineyards has recently undergone a refresh. The most noticeable change to consumers who visit the winery will be in the remodeled tasting room; to anyone who picks up a bottle of Rodney Strong wine it will be the newly designed wine labels. But less visible changes have been going on behind the scenes for some time in the […]

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Esporão in Vinho Verde and Douro: Two Regions, One Winemaker

Winemaker José Luis Moreira da Silva, Zé Luis as he is known more informally, has the challenge of making wine in two Portuguese wine regions. The two regions could not be more different in terms of growing conditions and grape varieties. Fortunately the distance between Vinho Verde and the Douro is not too great, about 90 minutes by car. In […]

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A Spring Meal To Celebrate St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc

St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley believes in its Sauvignon Blanc so much that they established #SauvBlanc Day in 2010 to celebrate the variety. This year we are celebrating Sauvignon Blanc Day with St. Supéry and prepared a spring meal to pair with the 2019 St. Supéry Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, which we received as a tasting sample. […]

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Portugal’s Alentejo Wine Region Is Home to Delicious Red Blends

The Alentejo wine region is known for its delicious, fruit-forward red blends. White wines are made here as well, in smaller quantities, and rosés are made in even smaller amounts. We’ve had the opportunity to taste Alentejo wines several times and every time we have been impressed by the quality and price of Alentejo wines. They’re delicious, food friendly and […]

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Robert Hall Winery Has A Regenerative Viticulture Field Day

Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has begun a three-year study of regenerative viticulture on a 40-acre block of estate vineyards adjacent to the winery along Highway 46. If the study is successful, regenerative viticultural practices will be applied to the entire 125-acre estate vineyard and potentially to other O’Neill Vintner & Distillers properties. It isn’t unusual for companies to […]

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Tasting Wine With The Women Who Made Them

Lisa Amaroli is director of winemaking at Benziger Family Winery and Jamie Benziger is head winemaker at Imagery Estate Winery. Neither woman set out with the singular focus of becoming a winemaker, but both found their way to winemaking through hard work and a passion for their craft. I had the opportunity to meet both women during a recent virtual […]