Even after more than forty years as a winegrower, Stuart (Stu) Smith still finds his happiness in the vineyards. “There is just something to playing with a product in the dirt, and then having it at dinner,” he gushes. Smith, founder and managing partner of Smith-Madrone in Napa Valley’s Spring
What made 2009 a special vintage in Horse Heaven Hills, where you sourced your Syrah, or for Helioterra in particular? My Syrah came from Coyote Canyon Vineyard, which is farmed by Mike Andrews. Mike and his crew are amazing farmers with generations of experience farming in Central Washington. 2009 was
What made 2010 a special vintage in the Willamette Valley? I think that 2010 will prove to be a very special vintage for the northern Willamette Valley in particular. The summer was fairly mild and we had a long lovely Indian summer. The early weeks of October were surprisingly dry
Yesterday, January 15, 2012, Giuseppe Quintarelli succumbed to an extended illness. His loss is a loss for his family and his loved ones, and we mourn for them. It is also a loss for the whole wine world. In memory, we replay Lizzy Tossi's "The Secret of Giuseppe Quintarelli's Success,"
At the third annual Palate Press Grand Tasting, last November, several reader-voted Palate Press Wines of the Week were included in a blind-tasting Palate Press Wine of the Year competition. The scoring was done by a group of wine professionals, and the winner was the 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain
Valpolicella, the territory close Verona (Italy) where renowed wines like Amarone and Ripasso are produced, is a lucky land: it has a myth and a legend of wine world. The myth is Giuseppe Quintarelli. The legend is Romano Dal Forno. “When I was five years old", the legendary Dal Forno recounts,
In Italian, soave means kind, smooth, appealing. “Soave is like the color blue for clothes: a classic. You can pair it with almost everything.” An old winemaker told me this years ago, and I never forgot it. However, in spite-read more-
Elisabetta “Lizzy” Tosi visits legendary Amarone winery Quintarelli, founded by octogenarian Giuseppe Quintarelli. There, wine is made the same way it has been since Giuseppe’s father moved to this land in 1924. And the Amarone wines are still released only-read more-