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Champagne Louis Roederer

By Stephen Hawk / 25th January 2024

Louis Roederer [Road-ur-ur], a distinguished Champagne producer situated in Reims, France and traces its origins back to 1776 when it began as Dubois Père & Fils. While its early days were marked by still wine production, the focus soon evolved to embrace the art of crafting fine Champagnes. The business underwent a transformation under the…

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Le Vigne Winery

By Stephen Hawk / 16th January 2024

Le Vigne Winery, translating to ‘The Vineyard’ in Italian, stands as a testament to the Filippini family’s rich heritage and commitment to traditional winemaking. For close to a century, Le Vigne has dedicated itself to crafting exceptional wines that reflect the distinct characteristics of both the vineyard and the vintage. The Filippini family’s connection to…

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Cline Nancy’s Cuvée – With Tuna Soufflé

By Stephen Hawk / 28th September 2023

As you enter Sonoma county from the south on California 121, one of the first wineries you encounter is Cline Cellars, and there could hardly be a better introduction to the Carneros AVA. Even as a young teenager, Fred Cline learned to make wine from his grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (yes, he of the hydrotherapy tub, as…

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Louis Roederer Collection 242 Champagne

By Stephen Hawk / 21st September 2023

Louis Roederer [Road-ur-ur], a distinguished Champagne producer situated in Reims, France, traces its origins back to 1776, when it began as Dubois Père & Fils. While its early days were marked by still wine production, the focus soon evolved to embrace the art of crafting fine Champagnes. The business underwent a transformation under the stewardship…

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Glee Euphoria California Sparkling Wine Blanc de Noir

By Stephen Hawk / 3rd August 2023

For reasons I don’t understand, the producer of this sparkling wine, Sapphire Hill, decided to hide behind the Glee moniker. There is nothing on the bottle to link Glee and Sapphire Hill, but it was easy enough to locate them. Sapphire Hill Winery, a family-run boutique winery, has been operating in Sonoma County since 1989.…

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Buena Vista La Victoire Champagne

By Stephen Hawk / 15th June 2023

There are a number of French Champagne producers who have operations in California, such as Roederer (whose California wine I prefer over the French, and it’s half the price). But here’s a twist: a California winery with a genuine French champagne. And this isn’t just any winery; Buena Vista is the second oldest in the…

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Discovering Pietra Fine Prosecco

By Stephen Hawk / 1st June 2023

The ancient town of Asolo sits about 40 miles northwest of Venice in Italy’s province of Trevino. The Museo Canoviano is situated here, home to some of the works by Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova was the son of a stonecutter and grandson of a stone mason, and was an Italian Neoclassical sculptor famous for his…

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Exploring Langtry’s Brut Rosé

By Stephen Hawk / 29th May 2023

The Guenoc Valley in California is east of San Francisco, and just south of the far eastern edge of the East Bay. Situated in Lake County, grapes were planted there in 1854, and as soon as 1884 it hosted 600 acres under vine. Its fertile fields attracted a number of individuals who dabbled in wine…

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Philipponnat Brut Royal Reserve

By Stephen Hawk / 23rd May 2023

Tiny Bubbles was, of course, the late Don Ho’s signature tune. So much so that he sang it twice at each concert, once at the beginning and again at the end. Champagne is also closely associated with Mother’s Day buffets, whether enjoyed alone in the glass or as an essential ingredient of Mimosas. But you…

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