Legendary winemaker Agustin Huneeus started Estancia Estates at the old Paul Masson winery near Soledad, Calif., in 1986 with the idea of producing top quality wines at reasonable prices.
Although it might be hard to tell from our contradictory weather these days, we’re in the dead of winter, a season that cries out for deep, rich red wines full of dark berry and plum flavors.
For more than three decades, New Zealand winemakers have been known for producing some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Until recently, however, the Kiwi producers haven’t been bringing home international accolades for their Pinot Noir.
Lunetta Prosecco is one of the hottest sparkling wine brands on the American market, and there’s a good reason why — it’s well-made, inexpensive and widely available, an excellent wine to celebrate the new year.
At first blush, one wouldn’t think that the producer of one of world’s most popular “brown-bag wines” would be making a well-crafted, reasonably priced Pinot Noir, much less any other drinkable wine.
As recently as five years ago, if you wanted the best Pinot Noir made in the United States, merchants would refer you to wines produced in Oregon, and it was difficult to find anything wonderful for less than $25.
I appreciate the effort that goes into making a high-quality wine, and there are a number of great small winemakers across the world who are producing excellent wines, carefully attending to the vines, hand-picking the grapes and fermenting the juice to perfection, often at affordable prices.
During a recent visit to the North Carolina mountains, my wife and I were lucky enough to be part of a small dinner party with friends who make their living in the food and wine industry.
When I was growing up as the youngest of four boys, I didn’t always get the straight scoop from my older brothers.
Finding a well-crafted, dry sparkling wine in the $10 range can be difficult. There are plenty of good Italian Prosecco and Lambrusco wines in the range, and I tried a number of them this year in an effort to discover an inexpensive sparkler for New Year’s Eve celebrations