A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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Interview with winemaker Sam Baxter of Terra Valentine, Napa Valley, CA

As he grew up in a family surrounded by wine, Sam Baxter was at his father’s side learning about the intricacies of wine production in Napa Valley. He later went on to study viticulture at UC

Napa Valley, California

Davis, the premier enology school in the United States. After working in Australia, Sam landed […]

Get to Know Your Grapes: Sangiovese

Although it’s speculated that Sangiovese originated in Emilia-Romagna, the variety thrives in the Tuscan climate and is synonymous with world-class wines of elegance and power. Throughout different areas of Tuscany, the grape is referred to by different names. In the town of Montepulciano, the grape is called Prugnolo Gentile. Further west in Montalcino the grape […]

Interview with winemaker Stephan Sölva of Weingut Peter Solva & Söhne, Alto Adige - Italy

The Alto Adige in northern Italy contains some of the country’s northernmost winemaking vineyards. The climate is mostly

De Silva Lagrein from Alto-Adige

alpine consisting of warm summers and bitterly cold winters. Stephan Sölva is the tenth generation winemaker for the family estate, and like his ancestors before him, he owns a sanguine outlook […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Cave Spring Riesling 2007, Niagara, Canada

Canadian Vineyards

Canada’s wine industry is young compared to many industrialized nations, but the success thus far of Canadian wines has helped create a demand in the marketplace. Given the location of many of Canada’s vineyards, the grapes are picked as late as possible to ensure proper sugar levels before fermentation. If the grapes […]