Spice Things Up With A POT-Pourri !!

The Finlayson Family The Finlayson family is synonymous with modern era winemaking in the Cape region for 3 generations.  Dr Maurice Finlayson, a pathologist originally from Inverness in Scotland started the family wine business at Hartenberg farm in Stellenbosch. David qualified as a winemaker at Elsenburg Agricultural college in Stellenbosch as Dux student and then […]

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Warmer Weather.. Get Chile!

  There are a handful of countries or wine producing regions that consumers think of in a negative way as low end wine. Australia, Greece, New York State, South Africa, and Sadly, Chile. Somehow, consumers believe Chile is the  home of large format table wines and lower end bulk wines. That couldn’t be further from […]

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Super Value, Super Tuscan

Under The Tuscan Sun My first trip to Cortona. Yes I know I was about 10 years younger and I had different glasses but I will never forget that visit to La Calonica winery and the picture taken by Esther Cattani the wife of Fernando and mother of Giovanni right as the Tuscan Sun was […]

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Lolol Wines are nothing To LOL At!!

Chiles Natural Wine Sweet Spot! After lengthy research in several regions of Chile, François  Lurton planted his vineyard on virgin terroir, with poor soil and a healthy, balanced climate. Today the estate has 28 hectares of vines and Lolol has been given “protected designation of origin” status. The choice of the Lolol Valley proved to […]

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Hidden Affordable Gem In The Rhone!

A.O.C. In The Southern Rhone When most wine consumers think of the Southern Rhone of France, they think of Cotes Du Rhone, Chateauneuf Du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. How often do you think about Rasteau?? The Rasteau appellation covers mostly the commune of Rasteau, but also includes some vineyards in Cairanne and Sablet. 47 hectares […]

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