Say amore this Valentine’s Day with a great bottle of wine

Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic occasions of the year, evoking feelings of love and passion, although it is shrouded in mystery, myth and intrigue. One account suggests the origin of this celebrated day dates back to the 3rd Century, when Bishop Valentinus …

DeVine Wine A California Chardonnay that is reminiscent of another era

Truchard wines span several decades, and in the 1990s the label was easily recognizable in most retail stores. Over the years, as shelves became saturated …Read More

An Italian red with a California feel

The interior of Tuscany, Italy, is recognized for the well-known wines of Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalicino, while 90 miles southwest of Florence, along …Read More

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DeVine Wine: Tequila — for more than just margaritas


Tequila was rarely included in my vocabulary and was nearly extinct from my daily lifestyle until a recent visit to Mexico. I had the occasion to visit the JW Marriott Resort in Cancun during a much-needed respite from Chicago’s harsh winter. I ventured into a …

Winery’s Zinfandels are hidden gems


There is a well-kept secret among Zinfandel lovers in Napa, Calif. Tucked away in the St. Helena neighborhood of renowned Cabernet producers is Charter Oak Winery, a tiny artisan producer of hand-crafted Zins. Owner Rob Fanucci has a reverence for Zinfandel and is committed to …

Sparkle in the New Year


A celebration approaches as we enter the New Year. This may not be the only time to indulge in a sparkling wine, but it is one of the most festive occasions to exalt with a glass of bubbly. Most are unfamiliar with the endless number …

12 wines of Christmas


The holidays are a great time of year to enjoy wines suited for the winter months. Here are 12 that wine critic W. Peter Hoyne believes are a good fit for the Christmas season.

Tis the season for good wine


Considering what wine to serve with your holiday meal? Consult an expert.

Unique wine gifts for the holidays


Two novel items came to market this year that will extend your enjoyment of wines through the holidays and well into the new year. These may be the perfect stocking stuffers for the serious wine lover. How often have you opened a slightly more expensive …

Three classics from Chianti Classico


Francesco Ricasoli’s attention to detail with replanting, vineyard management and modernization of the Barone Ricasoli winery has elevated the status of Ricasoli wines and their recognition in the world market.

Passionate about Pinot


Explore the rolling landscape of Dundee Hills in Oregon, one of Willamette Valley’s six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), and you will discover more than the geology. What makes this region unique is the dedicated and enterprising families who are committed to pursuing the perfection of …

Celebrating the ‘bounty of Sonoma’


Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood, Calif., was the epicenter of jubilation over the Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. A Rio-like carnival atmosphere provided the backdrop for the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, which energized nearly 600 people to bid a historic, record breaking $1.4 …

Ricasoli classics and Chianti Classico


Chianti is a term referring to a homogenous style of wines grown in a wide swatch of Tuscany, while Chianti Classico is very specific in its geographic zone and taste profile.

Experience the Mondavi legacy


Robert Mondavi founded his winery in Napa Valley in 1966, intent on making wines in the company of the great wines of the world,

A memorable Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley


The 2010 Davis Family Vineyards “Soul Patch” Pinot Noir is among wine critic Bill Hoyne’s five most memorable Pinot Noirs of all time.

Wine represents maker and her “offspring”


The 2011 Crios Torrontes, from Argentenia, is a bit more restrained than other Torrontes, with a faint spicy floral aroma.

A worldly celebration of Pinot Noir


There are few locations in the world where you can fully immerse yourself in the culture and attitude of finely crafted Pinot Noir. In the United States this sweet spot is Willamette Valley, Oregon. On July 26-28 the 27th International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) commenced …

A Sauvignon with plenty of charm


Miles MacDonald and Ryan MacDonald make up the brother-sister duo at Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation. While both grew up on the estate when young, Miles pursued an MBA at Boston College and Ryan obtained her JD from Stanford Law School before …