Wine Reviews

Robb Reader: Cherie Spriggs, Head Winemaker at Nyetimber

Remember when the phrase “English wine” was an oxymoron? English wines are winning awards and plaudits the world over, with home grown sparkling wine, in particular, competing with Champagne now thanks to the chalky, sheltered South Downs region being similarly suited to the grape varieties of that region. And, at the vanguard of the English […]

This Man is Making Santa Barbara Wines A Global Sensation

Of California’s many AVAs, Sonoma and Napa Valley have dominated the world stage. But over time, other regions – especially those along the state’s Central Coast, like Paso Robles – have developed their own distinct character and have gained recognition for some exquisite Rhône and Bordeaux styles. The newest Golden State AVA to receive accolades […]

S.R. Tonella’s Cabernet Sauvignon is History in the Making

The Tonella family can speak to “Rutherford dust,” that almost mythical expression of terroir ascribed to the central Napa Valley region. “After more than 100 years and four generations of growing,” says Steve Tonella, “I thought it was time to make the finished wine.” The four-generation pact with Rutherford fruit began with a serendipitous meeting […]