Author Archives: Aliye Melton

La Rioja Alta: Defining Great Spanish Wine

La Rioja Alta

The history of La Rioja Alta can be traced back to a single day in history. On July 10, 1890 five prominent families came together and founded the Sociedad Vinicola de La Rioja Alta to be lead under the leadership of Doña Saternina Garcia Cid y Gárate and a French winemaker Monsieur Vigier. Shortly thereafter, in 1904, one of the founders, ... Read More »

Barolo 2010: A Classic Vintage

Langhe Hills

Nebbiolo is a finicky, hard-to-grow grape that produces stunningly complex and long-lasting wines. Its heartland lies in the Langhe hills of Piedmont around the small town of Barolo. With its tendency for early flowering and late harvest the 100% Nebbiolo wines of Barolo are subject to a distinct vintage effect. Thankfully for wine lovers everywhere the Barolo 2010 vintage was ... Read More »

Redefining California Cabernet: Silver Oak Cellars

Silver Oak Cellars in Napa Valley

Raymond T. Duncan recognized the potential of the Napa Valley when he first visited in the 1960s. By 1972 he had purchased enough land in the Napa and Alexander Valleys to approach Justin Meyer. Working together they founded Silver Oak Cellars with the goal to redefine the standards of great California Wine. Over 40 years later they have succeeded, becoming ... Read More »

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