While wine can be made from many types of fruits and flowers, it is iconically produced from fermented grapes. Wine production dates back at least 8000 years, and today it is produced in quantity in more than 70 countries, with Italy, Spain, France, and the United States the largest producers of wine today. The world of wine is vast and complex, with more than 10,000 grape varietals in existence. This is largely due to experimental cross-breeding and grafting that has taken place for millennia, and such experiments have led to some of today’s most popular grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The primary styles of wine today include red, white, and rose. While almost all grape juice itself is white, red wine is made by allowing the juice from black (aka red) grapes to ferment in contact with its skins, while white wine is usually (but not always) made from white grapes. Rose wine is made from black grapes with limited skin contact, which provides the pinkish color.

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, Spring 2023 Releases

By Rob Theakston | May 16, 2023 |

Having experienced double-digit growth in production, sales, and a rather aggressive diversification of its portfolio, Uco Valley’s Domaine Bousquet continues to amplify its voice in the conversation of wines from Argentina. Over a recent webinar, vineyard owner Anne Bousquet and lead winemaker Rodrigo Serrano presented an overview of current winery operations and sustainability measures while…

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Review: Cameron Hughes 2018 Lot 883 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley and 2020 Lot 820 Gavi Piemonte

By Rob Theakston | May 12, 2023 |

Another pair of releases from the negociants of Cameron Hughes. For those unfamiliar with the premise behind Cameron Hughes’ operations, it’s quite simple: they (Cameron or some delegates) travel the world sourcing a wide range of wines from vineyards, bringing them to market under their own label at financially feasible price points. This time around,…

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Review: Wines of La Crema, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 11, 2023 |

If there’s one thing you can count on in this world, it’s that a by the glass wine list will have something from La Crema available. The California giant is known for producing good wine at a good price, but in this tasting of three new bottlings, you might be surprised to discover some of…

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Review: Wines of Opolo, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 6, 2023 |

Opolo is a long-time friend of Drinkhacker, turning out a tight range of zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon-focused wines from the Paso Robles area. Today we dig into three new releases from the winery, two zins and a cab. 2021 Opolo Zinfandel Summit Creek – The classic zinfandel recipe has been followed to a T here,…

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Review: 2020 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve

By Christopher Null | May 5, 2023 |

No surprises here from this iconic name in California wine: This is an expressive Napa chardonnay, with a bold emphasis on vanilla and brown butter. Notes of lemon curd quickly take hold and give the experience a citrus-fueled sweetness, though toasty oak and vanilla custard quickly come back into focus, taking over. It’s a bit…

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Review: Wines of Dutcher Crossing, Summer 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 1, 2023 |

We’re longtime fans of Sonoma-based Dutcher Crossing, and today we’re checking out three new releases for 2023, including our first sparkling from the winery, a chardonnay, and a top-shelf, reserve cabernet that’s been mellowing for six years. NV Dutcher Crossing Posterity Reserve Blanc de Blancs – Fresh and lively, this is a classic California chardonnay-based…

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Review: 2021 Ottella Lugana and Le Creete

By Christopher Null | April 25, 2023 |

Lugana can be found in the north of Italy, and the focus here is far and away on white wines. We’ve covered the wines of Lugana extensively in the past, but this is our first round with Ottella, which also produces olive oil and grappa. Let’s dive in. 2021 Ottella Lugana DOC – 100% turbiana…

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Review: Wines of Donnafugata, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 21, 2023 |

Sicily’s Donnafugata is no stranger to Drinkhacker’s pages. In fact, post #1, back in 2007, was a review of a Donnafugata wine. 16 years later we’re back for more, which now includes a partnership with Dolce & Gabbana, which provides a brand-appropriate spin on a few of the winery’s labels. Today we take a deepish…

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Review: Wines of Ettore, 2023 Releases

By Rob Theakston | April 19, 2023 |

As the proprietor of an organic winery in Mendocino’s Sanel Valley, winemaker Ettore Biraghi prides himself on applying old-world Italian techniques to his offerings, placing an emphasis on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot varietals across 35 acres of vineyards. Today, we have a look at three of his most recent releases. 2019 Ettore Cabernet Sauvignon…

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Review: Kokomo 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Malbec

By Rob Theakston | April 18, 2023 |

Located in Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, Kokomo emerged in 2004 and presents wines from three appellations wholly distinctive in their quality: Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys. While they offer many different varietals and vintages, Kokomo makes its debut on the site today with a Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. A gratuitous tip…

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