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Essential Winemakers

Read about the wines of our Essential Winemakers — an elite group of producers who consistently make excellent wine — with this archive of wine articles.

  • Cardedu

    The Wines… Cardedu may be one of the most peculiar entries on my Essential Winemakers list. The...

  • Three Wines From Charles Heidsieck Champagne

    The Similarities of Winemaking and Music with Cellar Master Cyril Brun

  • Charles Heidsieck

    The Wines… The Champagne wines of Charles Heidsieck have incredible depth and detail. Pinning the tasting notes...

  • Radikon

    The Wines… Radikon’s family of wines are unusual, floral and delicately expressive. Grapes are harvested by hand,...

  • Maeli

    The Wines… Winemaker Elisa Dilavanzo is an up-ender of convention. A native of Rovigo (“the one town...

  • Colombera & Garella

    The Wines… Colombera & Garella stands out as an anomaly in the fiercely traditional wine business of...

  • Didier Gerbelle

    The Wines… To many students of Italian wine, Valle d’Aosta is the final frontier. Italy’s smallest region...

  • Château Fonroque

    The Wines… Château Fonroque is a biodynamic and organic estate that makes only two wines each year:...

  • François Baur

    The Wines… Like many of Alsace’s producers, Domaine François Baur has a ridiculously large range of wines....

  • Arnaud Lambert

    The Wines… Arnaud Lambert is a biodynamic and organic winemaker in the Loire River Valley which oversees...

  • Eric Texier

    The Wines… This négociant makes a series of compelling wines from all over eastern France. Throughout his...

  • Defaix

    The Wines… This family affair produces fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in two vastly different parts of Burgundy:...


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