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 […]

Standout Sauvignon Blanc from California

Made famous by France and today grown all over the world, Sauvignon Blanc is a favorite among white wine drinkers. But you don’t need to go international to find a world class Sauvignon Blanc – just look to California. Here are the Amateur Gastronomer’s picks for standout Sauvignon Blanc from California. If the warm weather […]

Chimney Rock: Showcasing Stags Leap

Driving along the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, you can’t miss Chimney Rock’s bright white Cape Dutch-style estate. Though the building was influenced by architecture in South Africa (where the original owner worked as an executive at Pepsi Cola), the wine has always been true to place. “Our wine should paint a […]

Truchard Vineyards: Wines from Carneros

By Robin Alix Austin The Truchard story is a story about farming. Tony Truchard is a farmer, first and foremost – as described by his son Anthony, who visited Atlanta in March for the High Museum Wine Auction. Dirt-coated fingernails, a pickup truck and long hours planting, tending and pruning – Anthony paints a vivid […]

Newton The Puzzle 2008

Newton Vineyard’s The Puzzle 2008 is a red wine in which all the pieces fit perfectly together — both the blend of grapes and the balance of tannins, alcohol and acidity. This Bordeaux-style blend has an elegance that is reminiscent of its French counterparts. It is rich yet soft, with layers of flavor that gently […]