Big House Wines, Big, Bold & Budget Friendly!
By Christopher J. Davies

One of California’s most respected and talented female winemakers, Georgetta Dane is the person behind the success of Big House Wines. The marketing and packaging equals that of one of the wine industry’s most successful wine brand, Yellow Tail. But the quality and consistency of Big House Wines make them a better value for the buck!

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Tips For Exploring Brunello Wine Country!
By Christopher Davies & Dean Smith

America's Banfi Vintners are responsible for putting Montalcino and the Brunello region of Tuscany, Italy on the world wine map. They have invested more than thirty years into development and research into grape growing. Their family owned vineyard estate and winery showcases a medieval castle and modern tasting center that rivals Napa Valley. The estate also features a taverna that is open for lunch and dinner, balsamic cellars, a museum dedicated to the history of glass and a boutique hotel within the castle called "Il Borgo".

The tasting experience at Castello Banfi is exceptional. You will get to taste mass produced, popular wines, top notch Brunellos as well as limited production wines that are only available at the tasting center.

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Grandi Vini
An Opinionated Tour of Italy's 89 Finest Wines

Author: Joseph Bastianich
Rating: Excellent
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Price: $24.99

Joseph Bastianich is a leading authority on Italian wines & food. He is Mario Batali's goomba and partner. He is Lydia's Son and a founder of Eataly. Best of all he is a gifted story teller. His new book, Grandi Vini, is highly opinionated. It gives no mention of Castello Banfi or Banfi Wines. With more than 30,000 wine producers in Italy, this book only touches on Mr.
Bastianich's 89 favorite producers. We found the information to be quite useful when guiding a wine industry colleague on which wineries to visit in Montalcino.


Wines of Santorini
Born of Earth, Wind & Fire

By Rob Rudko

What comes to mind when you think of the breathtaking island of Santorini? Picture perfect white washed villages with small blue domed churches, dramatic volcanic rock cliffs, beautiful crystal clear azure waters or perhaps eating delicious fresh grilled octopus right on the beach? Yes, all these things pop right into our heads, but what about wine? Santorini is home to one of the oldest vineyard and winemaking regions in the world (about 3500 years old) and yet few have ever tasted the high quality, mineral driven wines of this ancient Greek island.

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Prosecco: Italian Bubbly on the Rise

By Dan Rabin
Photography by Dan Rabin

Zinvolution: America's Grape Group Over Performs at 20

By Christopher J. Davies
Photography © 2011 Zinfandel Advocates & Producers

Everything about Zinfandel is big and bold from the robust, high alcohol, non-wimpy wines, to the fancy, in your face marketing and packaging.

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Portugal Wine Country

By Harold J. Baer, JR
Photography Christopher J. Davies

An American colonist would have ordered Madeira. More recently the choice would be Port or perhaps Vinho Verde or inexpensive Rosé. But Portugal produces a wide range of tasty wines from its twenty-nine DOCs and eleven Vinho Regionals. Today vintners are making desirable wines not only from the over two hundred indigenous varieties but also in from Bordeaux and Rhône grape varietals.

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Portugal Wines Reviews

Anderson Valley


By Harold J. Baer, JR
Photo by Vanessa Kelly

A trip to the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County California is like time travel.

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Anderson Valley Wine Reviews

Taos New Mexico Wines & Dines

Story and photos by Christopher J. Davies

Taos is a great destination for lovers of cuisine, wine, art and architecture. Located in Northern New Mexico, it is just a 4 hour drive from Denver or only 2.5 hours from Colorado Springs

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