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Leo Hillinger Tasting: Secco Rose and Small Hill Red Blend to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

© Hillinger Wines Owner Leo Hillinger

Leo Hillinger Secco Rosé Made form 100% Pinot Noir, this Prosecco-style sparkling wine from Leo Hillinger has become an instant favorite among those who have tried it. A great combination of fresh acidity along with bright, red fruit make this rosé sparkler flat-out gulpable. Also, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it bears mentioning that the Hillinger winery donates ... Read More »

California’s Redwood Valley Tasting: Onward Wines Hawkeye Ranch Rosé and Pinot Noir

© Onward Wines

Onward Hawkeye Ranch Rose 2013 Onward Wines was launched by Faith Armstrong-Foster after several years working in the wine-making industry. The Johnson Family, owners of Onward’s heritage vineyard, Hawkeye Ranch, are fifth generation farmers with a strong sense of community and long-term commitment to sustainable production. The wines produced are 100% Pinot Noir, which thrives in the Redwood Valley’s cool-climate ... Read More »

Producer Profile: Chateau Lynch-Bages

Chateau Lynch Bages

Like all great Bordeaux estates, Château Lynch-Bages has a rich and complex history. This estate dates back to the tiny 16th Century hamlet of Bages, in Pauillac, where the Déjean family planted vineyards. In 1728, the estate was sold to Chevalier Pierre Drouillard, who later left the estate to his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Lynch.  Born in France but ... Read More »

Organic/Biodynamic Tasting: Tripoz Macon Charnay, Empordalia Sinols Negre, and Terres Georges Et Cetera


Domaine Catherine & Didier Tripoz Macon Charnay 2013 Located in the southern part of the Macon region of Burgundy, Domaine Tripoz sits on 13 hectares of medium- to old aged vines (average age is 45), mostly dedicated to Chardonnay. Didier Tripoz produces his wines with sustainable agriculture practices. By allowing grass to grow in between the vines and regularly ploughing ... Read More »

Producer Profile: Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey


Considered as one of the young rising stars of Burgundy, Pierre-Yves Colin began working in the wine industry in 1994 at his family estate, Domaine Marc-Colin. Seeking greater opportunity for an expression of individual style, Colin and his wife Caroline Morey, daughter of celebrated Burgundy producer Jean-Marc Morey, started their own négociant business, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, in 2001. Then in 2006, ... Read More »

French Value Reds Tasting: Champy Bourgogne Rouge, Volnay and Domaine L’ostal Cazes Estibals


Champy Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir 2012 Champy Bourgogne Rouge is the entry level Pinot of Maison Champy, the first “Maison de Vin”, or negociant, founded in 1720. As far as we know, Maison Champy is the oldest trading negociant still in business today. Winemaker Dimitri Bazas came to Burgundy in 1991 and honed experience at numerous famed producers, either as ... Read More »

Producer Profile: de Forville

de Forville

The De Forville family immigrated to Italy from the Wallonia region of Belgium in 1848. However, the De Forville winery was founded in 1860 by Gioacchino de Forville in the heart of the village of Barbaresco. A dedicated follower of the teachings of celebrated oenologist Domizio Cavazza of Royal Oenological School of Alba, Gioacchino was dedicated and focused on quality. ... Read More »


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