Author Archives: Aliye Melton

Ayala: An Archetype of Great Champagne

Champagne Ayala

Once holding the Royal Warrants for the courts of both England and Spain, Champagne Ayala is renowned for its elegant and fresh wines. A pioneer in low dosage wines; Edmond de Ayala founded this archetypal house in 1860 in Aÿ. Blessed not only with his family’s sense of ambition but also their dedication to excellence and a taste for adventure, ... Read More »

Chateau Saint Pierre: Great Value in Saint Julien


With 17 hectares of land planted in the commune of Beychevelle in the appellation of Saint-Julien, Chateau Saint Pierre is uniquely poised to produce outstanding wines of the highest quality.  Planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the Saint-Pierre estate produces classic Saint-Julien wines. These wines are known for their fragrant and elegant nose, often compared ... Read More »

POE Wines: Burgundian Inspiration in Anderson Valley

Samanta Sheehan of POE Wines

Financier Samantha Sheehan experienced a revelation in Burgundy. Reveling in the distinct terroir and the unique Burgundian approach to life and to wine, she realized it was possible to bring the same appreciation for terroir to California. Turing her focus to the Anderson Valley, Sheehan’s POE Wines produces only single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that highlight the unique potential ... Read More »

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