Albamar Chardonnay 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Albamar Chardonnay 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile

For the most part, Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels, the wood providing a level of interest and complexity that usually doesn’t exist in unoaked Chardonnays. The danger, of course, is that the oak can take over the wine with overpowering notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and other flavors that the wood can impart, especially new […]

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Chateau Musar Jeune Red 2013, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Chateau Musar Jeune Red 2013, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Beyond the everyday challenges of growing grapes and making wine, Chateau Musar has faced something exceptionally difficult: war. The famed property in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley has survived the many conflicts that have raged around it over the years, producing outstanding wines that are coveted throughout the world, most notably its Chateau Musar Red.

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Terre Brûlée ‘Le Rouge’ 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Terre Brûlée ‘Le Rouge’ 2016, Swartland, South Africa

The winelands of South Africa, as they are called, are among the most stunning landscapes in the world. Most are located in the mountain valleys and coastal areas of the Western Cape, not more than a couple hours’ drive from Cape Town. Within the region, there is considerable climate and soil variation from district to […]

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