Upcoming releases and events at King Family Vineyards

King Family has some exciting upcoming releases and events planned for the first half of 2015: – First Wednesday – Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – Crosé 2014 Release – Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Barrel Tasting with Winemaker Matthieu Finot: Session 1 & Session 2 – Saturday, February 28, 2015 – “3” 2013 Release – March 3, 2015 – Wish...

Bosman Family Vineyards

The Bosman family is committed to more than just wine. Instilled with a deep respect for both man and nature, they have long believed in and implemented social, economic and environmental practices that develop the community and promote sustainable farming. The relationship between the family and their team is evident in the fact that many of the 260 full-time workers on the estate are 5th generation...

Bolen Family Estates

August 1, 2009: My Bolen Merlot Moment! On August 1, 2009, I was visiting Napa for the second time in my life. I was staying at a friend’s home and we were tasting lots of wines that afternoon. Among those wines on the table was a Merlot that none of us knew anything about. It was almost a collective exclamation of astonishment when we tasted it. The friend with whom I was staying turned to...

2011 50 Harvests Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 50 Harvests Cabernet Sauvignon Like many Italian immigrants, the family behind Scotto Cellars made small batches of wine in New York City at the turn of the last century. I’m not sure where he got his grapes for making gallon jugs to sell down at the docks, but at the time a lot of California grapes and juice headed eastward on trains to be made by home winemakers–a tradition that...

Sandrone Superlative

Sandrone Superlative Founded in 1978, the Sandrone winery has been synonymous with grand Barolo ever since. Now run by brothers Luciano and his younger, winemaking brother Luca, the family farms approximately 27 hectares of vineyards, about 75% of which are owned. Since 2001, Sandrone has focused on creating 5 distinct wines; two Barolo, a Nebbolo d’Alba, a Barbera and a Dolcetto. Today’s...

Two Daughters, One Wine

Two Daughters, One Wine Agostina Pieri was founded in the late 1980’s by family patriarch Pieri Alessandro. At the time, the modest amount of grapes grown on his small 11 hectare estate were sold to other wineries. In 1994, when control of the estate passed to Pieri’s two daughters, the decision was made to bottle their own wine. We are all the more fortunate for it.Today the family farms...

A Few Things I Have Learned from Chilean Culture

A Few Things I Have Learned from Chilean Culture via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: Every January, I mark off another year on my expat calendar calling Chile, and South America, home. While I certainly am fortunate to spend a lot of time throughout the year in Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay, for thirteen years (yes that’s 1-3), Chile has been home. Certainly a lot of...

2012 Castello di Pomino Bianco

2012 Castello di Pomino Bianco The venerable house Marchesi de Frescobaldi has been in the wine business in Tuscany for seven centuries. I’ve talked about the family history before–trading Michelangelo wine for paintings, ledgers that still list sales to Henry VIII, etc. There are not that many industries out there that are growing, have new companies coming into the market every year,...

3rd annual Misty Mountain Music Festival, Sept. 27th-29th

3rd annual Misty Mountain Music Festival, Sept. 27th-29th 3rd annual Misty Mountain Music Festival, Sept. 27th-29th 2013Sit back and relax to the best Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Americana at Misty Mountain Camp Resort in Greenwood, Virginia. This family-friendly camping event takes place September 27th-29th 2013 and offers something for all ages. via Wish Wish Charlottesville Wine Tours » Blog:...

2012 Spelletich 3 Spells Rosé

2012 Spelletich 3 Spells Rosé I was first introduced to Spelletich Family Winery in October of last year when I reviewed four of their bottles. Since then, they’ve moved to their own winemaking and crush facility in South Napa and have opened up a tasting room that offers pairings with chocolates made by Feast It Forward and Kollar.The “3 Spells” line features their mid-range...

IL Divasco

IL Divasco Founded in 1970 by Santi Mantengoli, the La Rasina estate was not unlike many neighboring properties dotting the rolling hills of Montalcino. The principal direction of the farm were staple crops like grains, cereals and wine that was consumed by the family and sold in bulk to locals that visited the estate.In the early 1980’s, when Santi’s son Vasco adopted a more prominent...

Monvigliero

Monvigliero ~ Enrico & Elisa Scavino ~ It’s one word, Monvigliero. To know it, is to know elegance and absolute feminine grace. This is not to say that there’s no power here; for like the cutlass in modern warfare, this wine is the ultimate anachronism.Monvigliero is a new wine from the Scavino stable, but not a new vineyard. Elisa Scavino described the family’s history with...

Singularly Piaggia

Singularly Piaggia ~ Family Proprietor Silvia Vannucci ~ Along with Sagrantino di Montefalco, Carmignano may be the smallest DOCG zone of production in Italy, as there are approximately 250 acres to the entire area. Of these, about 37 belong to the estate of Piaggia.The Piaggia estate was created by Mauro Vannucci in the mid 1970’s and is located in the gently rolling Tuscan hills, just about...

Snapshot of the winelands

Snapshot of the winelands Having spent the past two weeks in the South African winelands, it has to be said that I’m struggling to come to terms with being back in the UK. I find myself scrolling through the pictures I took throughout my visit and reflecting on everything I’ve been lucky enough to see and do on my trip.I was in South Africa, for the most part, to accompany Peter Richards, a master...