Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2013

The summer of rosé is giving way to the red wines of fall. One wine to help ease the transition is Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial 2013. This red blend from Sardón de Duero, within the Ribera del Duero region in Spain, is aromatic and elegant, with a lovely freshness that makes it adaptable to both […]

A Taste of Wine from Brazil

The most exciting sparkling wine I have tasted recently is from Brazil. It’s the Casa Valduga 130 Limited Edition, and I discovered it an exclusive event promoting Brazilian wine in Atlanta. The sparkling wine is similar to Champagne as it is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and gets its bubbles via the traditional method. […]

Patel: Small Winery with Big Taste

When Robert Parker awards your first wine a 95, you know you’ve made something special. But don’t let that number bias you toward Patel Winery. It’s more of a treat if you taste the Napa wines without any preconceived notions. That’s how I came to meet owner Raj Patel, at last year’s High Museum Atlanta […]

Rioja vs Ribera del Duero: A Tale of Two Tempranillos

Can you taste the difference between Tempranillo from Rioja and Ribera del Duero in a blind tasting? The question was posed to a group of wine professionals last week. We had gathered at St. Cecilia in Buckhead for a lunch and tasting with two Spanish winemakers: Diego Pinilla of Bodegas Bilbainas in Rioja and Jorge […]

High Museum Wine Auction Seminar

Pairing umami flavors with #wine. The glasses are set for the @highmuseumwine auction seminar with wine writer Jordan Mackay and winemakers Chris Howell of Cain Vineyard & Winery, Dawnine Dyer of Meteor Vineyard and Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards. Follow @amgastronomer on Instagram

The American Series from The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is all decked out for the holidays, making it a picturesque time to visit. But if you’re not able to tour the historic home and winery, you can still bring a part of it into your home. The American Series of wines from the Biltmore Estate are American grown and North Carolina […]

Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The Faust of legend sold his soul for knowledge and worldly pleasures. Fortunately for us, there is no need to make a deal with the Devil to enjoy the Faust 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The man behind the California legend is Agustin Huneeus, best known for Quintessa. With a career in wine that has […]