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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.

  • Château Gassier

    The Wines… Like the joyous landscape of Provence, the wines of Château Gassier are intended for pleasure,...

  • Château du Moulin-à-Vent

    The Wines… Once again the paragon of Moulin-à-Vent, this historic château is churning out deep, detailed and...

  • Castello di Volpaia

    The Wines… Castello di Volpaia has the standard Chianti Classico roster of wines: an annata Chianti Classico DOCG,...

  • Donnafugata

    The Wines… Donnafugata’s story closely mirrors the rise of Sicilian wine in the modern age. The winery...

  • Vietti

    The Wines… Vietti is one of Piedmont’s most storied winemaking houses, and among the most respected in...

  • Oddero

    The Wines… Oddero is one of the largest land-owners in the Langhe region, and their holdings give...

  • Yann Bertrand

    The Wines… Gamay, Gamay and more Gamay. Located in the Beaujolais Cru village of Fleurie, the domaine...

  • Olivier Bernstein

    The Wines… A focused, precise fleet of Pinot Noir from some of the Côte de Nuits’ very best...

  • First-Taste Guide to Saint-Péray Blanc

    An Appellation Whose Identity Comes Down to Percentages

  • Can Albariño Conquer the Central Coast?

    At First Blush, It Would Seem So.

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  • The Crazy Genius of Barolo’s Vietti

    Breaking Bread with Luca and Elena Currado and Their Team


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