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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.

  • Four Wines from Charles Joguet

    Why the Chinon Estate Remains a Champion of Single-Vineyard Cabernet Franc

  • Charles Joguet

    The Wines… Charles Joguet is one of the Loire Valley’s most influential wineries — and a rare...

  • Badia a Coltibuono

    The Wines… Badia a Coltibuono has long been a leader in organic viticulture, beginning their conversion in...

  • Villa Russiz

    The Wines… In parts of northern Italy, the cultural influences of ancient empires still linger in unexpected...

  • Alois Lageder

    The Wines… Don’t be fooled by the sheer volume of wine produced by Alois Lageder. Yes, there...

  • Three Wines from Alois Lageder

    Battling Climate Change with a Bag of Tricks

  • 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...


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