Vall Llach 2006 “Vall Llach” Priorat

  One of my favorite memories of visiting Priorat with my Wine School students was our time at Celler Vall Lach.  A stone –a triangle of iron-shaded black rock– from one of their vineyards still sits on my office desk at the school.  We spent an...

Durigutti 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserva, Mendoza

I am very happy to see a bottle of Cabernet Franc coming out of Argentina. This grape varietal is grown in limited quantities in South America,  and it’s mostly used in blends. For those not familiar with Cab Franc, it is one of the least famous of the Bordeaux...

Bodegas Briego 2009 Crianza, Ribera del Duero

Bodegas Briego is an obscure winery from one of the greatest wine regions in the world, the Ribera del Duero. The winery was founded in the nineties by three brothers from the nearby town of Fompedraza. The vineyards are far from the Duero river and the “Golden...

Nugan Estate 2012 “Third Generation” Shiraz, South Eastern Australia

Eight years ago, a juice company from Australia contacted me. They were moving into the wine market and were working on distribution into the US. Could I help them? Sure, I said. At the time, I had just come off working on a reasonably successful Australian import...

St. Urbans-Hof 2011 Zickelgarten Riesling Spatlese

I tried this wine for the first time almost one year ago. I was at the annual trade tasting for a wine importer. He had just brought this wine less than a week before, and only 10 cases were imported into the United States. I told my client, a wine shop owner, to buy...