early-ripening Merlots benefitted the Right Bank ; only massive intervention in the vineyards brought in healthy Cabernet Sauvignons on the Left Bank ; dry whites, picked before the weather broke are uniformly excellent ; while sweet whites were virtually rained off while waiting for botrytis
"While some certainly fit the extravagantly rich and sumptuous style, we also found wines that were leaner, with more structure and a tighter texture, earthy rather than flamboyantly fruity. Our favorites had a sense of energy, thrust and vibrancy"
has written regularly on Italian wine for Decanter, World of Fine Wine and on WineSearcher.com. She is a former contributing editor for Wine News magazine, and is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello
his year marks Laurent Montalieu's 25th anniversary of making wine in Oregon, and the state's most prolific winemaking consultant - with 40 clients and counting - is taking steps to expand even further
George entered the California wine business in 1972, when he purchased Geyser Peak Winery as part of the mergers and acquisitions team for Schlitz Brewing Company. He served as president of Geyser Peak Winery and grew it into a 700,000-case brand before leaving in 1979 to embark on a series of winery start-ups