Bisci of Matelica: Where Verdicchio Meets the Mountains of Le Marche

Bisci of Matelica: Where Verdicchio Meets the Mountains of Le Marche 6

It was December of 1998 when the client came knocking on Bisci’s doors. He wanted wine, naturally, but not just any. He wanted young wine, vino di annata. But at that time, Bisci didn’t release their Verdicchio until two years after the harvest. Giuseppe Bisci sent him off empty-handed, but he was perturbed. The high-elevation, … Read More

Foundations of Flavor: On Acid with Johannes Selbach

Foundations of Flavor: On Acid with Johannes Selbach 10

A NOTE ON ACID Acidity is one of the most important components in wine, white or red, providing structure and balance; it is one of the foundations of flavor. In the picturesque village of Zeltingen, the Selbach family produces a wide array of excellent Rieslings, a grape variety long associated with electric, high-acid wines. Recently, … Read More

Champagne’s Spécial Club: New Releases from Outstanding Growers

Champagne’s Spécial Club: New Releases from Outstanding Growers 11

  PIERRE GIMONNET Didier Gimonnet’s father was an original member of the Spécial Club and joined in 1971. Located in Cuis, the holdings at Gimonnet are almost all located in the Côte des Blancs, focusing on Cramant and Chouilly Grand Crus. Blending the different Premier and Grand Cru wines from their vineyards have always been a part … Read More

Thanksgiving Mis en Place: Our Picks from Germany, Austria, & Champagne

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  The major holidays that make a meal the centerpiece and reason for celebration are our favorites. While this years’ holidays are likely going to look different at all of our houses next week, there will always be wine. Thanksgiving, with its warm, roasted flavors, heavy with plenty of cream and richness of all kinds, … Read More

Alvaredos-Hobbs: Paul Hobbs Turns to Galicia

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THE PROJECT In 2014, acclaimed vintner Paul Hobbs was introduced to Antonio López, a Galician-American with family roots in the tiny village of Alvaredos (population: 13 families) in the Ribeira Sacra. His family had owned vineyards there since the late 1800s, and his grandfather had painstakingly planted a new one in 1968—a cherished childhood memory … Read More

ARPEPE 2013 Riservas: The Making of a Legend

ARPEPE 2013 Riservas: The Making of a Legend 4

The decision is not taken lightly, as the Pelizzatti-Perego siblings wrestle with the knowledge that their wines must live up to their forebears’ standards: Did the season find a balance between sunshine and rain? Did disease or hail take a part of the crop? Were the diurnal temperature swings appropriate in the critical months of … Read More

Scopetone and the Original Terroir of Brunello: Scarnacuoia

Scopetone and the Original Terroir of Brunello: Scarnacuoia 9

  Ferruccio Biondi Santi is widely credited for having “invented” Brunello, but very few people are aware that his first vineyard dedicated exclusively to “Sangioveto e Brunello,” planted in 1877, was not at his renown Il Greppo estate on the slopes south of Montalcino. The actual location, in fact, was in Scarnacuoia (pronounced scar-nah-KWOY-ah), just … Read More