ISSUE #13: Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

Although I have a long history of travel to Australia, I first came across the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay about fifteen years ago on a trip to the United Kingdom. Leeuwin was founded in 1974 by the Horgan family, and released its first commercial vintage in 1979. The estate was originally a cattle farm; …

ISSUE #12: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed king of red wines. It grows well in many of the world’s best appellations, producing uncommon depth and richness of concentration and depth. Cabernet finds its roots in Bordeaux, where the French have produced it since the 18th century. As likely to be bottled on its own or as a …

ISSUE #11: Large Formats

For so long, wine producers have stayed focused on the 750ml bottle, a few have dabbled in the 3-liter box, but I’m bullish on big bottles. Recently, I broadened the Browne Family Vineyards offering of Cabernet Sauvignon to include a generous run of 1.5-liter and 3-liter bottles, aimed at consumers’ thirsts for holiday celebration and …

Issue #10: Tribute (Courtesy of Winemaker, John Freeman)

All or at least most winemakers love to blend – it is the true art of the field. More than that, it is exceptionally educational as every blend in every vintage is different, even if the same vineyards, varietal percentages and oak regimes are used. Why, you may ask? Simply put, wine is a place …