Author Archives: Scott Hendley

DISCOVERY! Spain’s Rising D.O. Utiel-Requena Wine Region — “Land of Bobal”

The Utiel-Requena D.O. in the Province of Valencia, in eastern Spain, ranks among our top wine discoveries of 2017.  Spanish wine, food, wine, and travel expert April Cullom introduced us to the region and its wines at a tasting she … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard | Vibrant Vermentinos from Southern Oregon

Troon Vineyard in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley has been doing some intriguing things with Vermentino over the past several vintages. Their 2014 Blue Label Longue Carabine (NWR 92 Points) featured Vermentino co-fermented with Viognier and blended with a co-ferment of Marsanne … Continue reading

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WINE of the WEEK

MUSE VINEYARDS Clio 2012 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 92 Points | “Highly Recommended” 2012 is the fourth vintage bottling of Muse Vineyards’ flagship Bordeaux varietal blend, “Clio,” and a composition of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and … Continue reading

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Daily Wine Recommendation

FRICK Grenache Blanc 2013 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard Dry Creek Valley, California 92 Points | “Highly Recommended” Frick Winery’s Grenache Blanc is, vintage after vintage, a thing of beauty and rarity. There are only four acres of Grenache Blanc, a traditional … Continue reading

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WINE of the WEEK

MUSE VINEYARDS Thalia 2015 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 90 Points | “Highly Recommended” A blend of Marsanne (50%), Roussanne (40%), and Viognier (10%), the 2015 Thalia is aromatically complex and fresh on the palate, with velvety viscosity and quenching acidity. Aromas … Continue reading

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CrossKeys Vineyards: Wines with a Sense of Place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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A revelation as to the promises of grape growing and winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley came to us in 2015, when we visited Muse Vineyards in the town of Woodstock, in historic Shenandoah County, and tasted their Virginia Governor’s Cup-winning … Continue reading

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TROON VINEYARD | Applegate Valley | Oregon | Riesling, Whole Grape Ferment — 88 Points | An Utterly Unique Summer White

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88 Points | “Recommended” And now for something completely different…but first, a little reminder: white wines are customarily made by pressing juice from the skins following crush, and then fermenting that juice into wine without skin contact. Skins, therefore, play … Continue reading

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CROSSKEYS VINEYARDS Touriga 2015 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 87 Points | “Recommended” Crafted from the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional (a common blending grape in Port wine), this plump, medium-bodied red offers savory aromas and flavors of black fruit, tobacco, nutmeg, and … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard | Southern Oregon | Estate Tannat – 92 Points | M*T Reserve – 93 Points | Savory Reds for the Grilling Season

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Troon Vineyard continues to up the ante in the realm of natural winegrowing and winemaking. The winery, located in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, is committed to environmentally sustainable viticultural practices, minimally intrusive winemaking techniques, and the selection of … Continue reading

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For Medlock Ames in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, 2014 Was a Very Good Year

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Coming on the heels of the exemplary 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 yielded yet another terrific season for grape growing and winemaking in California — and it so happened to be the third consecutive year of severe drought throughout the … Continue reading

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Vina Robles ~ Two New Releases from Paso Robles, California

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Vina Robles founder/proprietor Hans Nef and Managing Partner Hans — R. Michel, both natives of Switzerland, operate their Paso Robles winery according to one essential maxim:  “European Inspiration — California Character.”  Two of their recent release wines — estate Cabernet Sauvignon and … Continue reading

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WINERY NEWS: Muse Vineyards Opens New Tasting Room in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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Muse Vineyards, which we introduced to you early this year (click here for feature review), is opening its new Tasting Room to the public on Friday, November 25, 2016, the day after Thanksgiving, at noon. Muse is a family-owned winery tucked … Continue reading

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