Category Archives: Winery Profile

Winery Profile: Pewsey Vale

Who: Pewsey Vale   What: Archetypical Aussie Rieslings Made to Age   Where: Eden Valley, Australia   Why: Because in 1847, the same year that the now-famous Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyards were cropping up, Englishman Joseph Gilbert (originally from … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Belle Pente

Who: Belle Pente Winery and Vineyard (Pente rhymes with “want”)   What: Swapping High Tech for Low Tech and PCs for Pinots   Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA (Willamette Valley), Oregon   Why: Because 20 years ago, Jill and Brian O’Donnell packed … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Niepoort

Who: Niepoort   What: Inquiring Mind with a Passion Beyond Port   Where: Douro, Portugal   Why: Because Dirk Niepoort represents the fifth generation to run his family’s famous estate in the Douro. Because rather than let all that tradition keep … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Clos Roche Blanche

Who: Clos Roche Blanche   What: Free-Thinking Radical, Dedicated to the Dirt   Where: Touraine (Loire Valley, France)   Why: Because Clos Roche Blanche’s winemaker Didier Barrouillet will come right out and tell you that he thinks the concept of … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Domaine Michel Lafarge

Who: Domaine Michel Lafarge   What: Sense and Sensibility in the South of the Côte d’Or   Where: Volnay (Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France) – holdings include vines in Volnay Premier Crus Clos des Chênes, Caillerets, Clos du Château des Ducs, Mitans; Pommard … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Ruinart

Who: Ruinart   What: Age with Beauty and Timeless Class   Where: Based in Reims, Champagne (France), with vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs districts.   Why: Because Ruinart was the first official house in the Champagne region established to produce … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Domaine Méo-Camuzet

Who: Domaine Méo-Camuzet   What: “Mayor” of Vosne-Romanée, Following in the Footsteps of Jayer    Where: Based in Vosne-Romanée (Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France) – holdings include vines in Grand Crus Richebourg, Clos Vougeot, Échezeaux and Corton; plus 10 Premier Crus as well … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Domaine Fourrier

Who: Domaine Fourrier   What: Jockey for Gevrey, Vested with Old Vines   Where: Gevrey-Chambertin (Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France) – including Grand Cru Griotte-Chambertin and Premier Crus Clos Saint Jacques, Combe Aux Moins, Les Goulots, Les Champeaux and Les Cherbaudes; also Chambolle-Musigny … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Domaine Armand Rousseau

Who: Domaine Armand Rousseau   What: Bastion of Burgundy, Keeping Calm and Carrying On   Where: Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey St.-Denis (Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France) – including Grand Crus Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Charmes Chambertin, Mazy-Chambertin, Ruchottes Chambertin, Clos de la Roche   … Continue reading

Winery Profile: The Scholium Project

Who: The Scholium Project   What: Scholars of Exploration, Undertaking the Overlooked   Where: Scattered vineyards throughout northern California   Why: Because Abe Schoener is like a giddy, wide-eyed child, always ready to experience anything, always up for any adventure … Continue reading