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Interview with Valter Scarbolo of Azienda Agr. Scarbolo, Friuli, Italy

There are many unique growing areas in the world, and the tiny slice of heaven known as Friuli is no

Friuli Venezia Giulia, the culture-rich mecca of eastern Italy

less exceptional than any other. Located in the east of Italy, bordering Slovenia and Austria, the region of Friuli is known for such culinary delights […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir 2008

Chile's main winegrowing areas

Casillero del Diablo is a brand produced by the Concha Y Toro Winery in Chile. The estate is one of Chile’s most successful commercial wineries, and is responsible in part for Chile’s emergence as one of the primary wine exporting countries in the world.

I’m always interested in tasting Pinot […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2005

Rioja is one of the more recognizable regions for Spanish wine production. Similar to France and Italy, Spain has been growing vines for nearly 2,500 years; however, contrary to the aforementioned countries, Spain is rarely credited for the extreme quality of its wines. There are some Spanish wines that fetch upwards to $100, but for […]

Wines for a Jack$on (under $20) - Chateau Le Pavillon de Boyrein 2005 Bordeaux

Chateau Le Pavillon de Boyrein is located in Graves, a southern growing region in Bordeaux, France. Winemaker Pierre Bonnet uses roughly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to craft this elegant, yet powerful red Bordeaux wine.

Chateau Le Pavillon De Boyrein Graves Bordeaux

Graves (pronouned GRAHV), named for the gravel and rocky soil throughout […]

Vintage Charts: The Achilles to Your Perfect Wine Selection

Although vintage charts are a useful companion, they should only be used as a guideline, and each wine should be evaluated on its own. […]