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Craggy Range

You may not have heard of them, but Craggy Range is an excellent of some very well made and reliable New Zealand wines. Chief winemaker Matt Stafford with Craggy was recently in the valley and we tasted thru their entire portfolio. First, a short...

William Selyem Winery

You know that old parlor question…if you were stranded in the desert (my back yard) and had only one winery to pick from, which one would it be? My answer: I would try to negotiate more choices and one of them would be Williams Selyem....

Hartford Court Wines

I’ve always appreciated quality, integrity, and a “sense of place” of the wines of Hartford Court. Almost all of their offerings come from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. They specialize on three varietals - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. Rightfully so, these grapes thrive in the...

My Favorite Wine Books

A wine column doesn’t always have to be about wine tasting, new releases, etc., does it? I thought I would take a little diversion and write about my favorite wine reads. #1. Windows on the World, Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly In my opinion, the best...

Cotes du Rhone Reds

During our dreaded tax season, I thought it was appropriate to concentrate and review wines of value. One of the world’s most consistent red wine deals is France’s Cotes du Rhone. Located in southeastern France, “cotes” mean “hills” or “slopes”, so literally “the slopes of...

Muga

Does that sound a little like a noise a monkey would make? Say it fast, “Muga, Muga, Muga.”  No actually, it’s a state of the art winery in Rioja, Spain.  I recently visited the area and was blown away by my visit. I’ve been on...

La Spinetta – Italian Magic

Georgio Rivetti the infectious, energetic, and passionate owner and winemaker of La Spinetta winery recently passed through Phoenix. We got to taste, enjoy, and in some ways be part of the La Spinetta “family.” “La Spinetta” which mean’s top of the hill is appropriately named....

Valentines Day Wine

Yes guys, it’s that time of year: Valentines Day.  Is it common knowledge that you can recover from relationship disasters (forgetting a birthday or anniversary) or a minor miscue (forgetting to take out the trash) if you nail Valentines Day.  Well, I’m gonna do my...