Category Archives: Family-owned Estate

Exploring Italy’s Alto Adige via Weingut Castelfeder

Notes from our 2013 trip to Alto Adige: We arrived in the Cortina village square at dusk after driving over the Brenner Pass in Austria and then down through the Alps, over Bozen (Bolzano). There was an old castle ruin … Continue reading

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Le Grand Sorbier’s dynamic Jean-Christophe Perraud

I discovered this guy’s wines last spring when I was in Europe buying wine & I love them. They are fresh, well-made wines at a price point hard to find in Burgundy. At 24, winemaker Jean-Christophe Perraud (pictured) produced his … Continue reading

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Weingut Prechtl in Austria’s Weinveirtel

I actually discovered Prechtl’s through word of mouth. I was at a big tasting in Germany in search of a Grüner Veltliner to import. Everything I tasted was delicious but expensive, so I kept asking other German winebuyers for tips … Continue reading

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Pelassa 2012 Harvest

Enjoy these wonderful photos from the Pelassa family’s harvest this last fall in Piedmont: For more on the Pelassa family and their wines>

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Marqués de Montecierzo (Navarra, Spain)

I met this father/son team on my first wine buying trip to Europe in spring of 2011. We had some difficulty communicating as the father speaks no English and Joaquín, his son, has limited English (still better than my Spanish), … Continue reading

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Bodegas Tavera (Castilla La Mancha)

This wine is one of Julie’s favorites! With its medium body and earthy spiciness, this blend of Syrah & Tempranillo is an easy sipper, great with food or alone; just a wonderful little wine.  This winery is a family winery located in … Continue reading

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The Dal Cero Family, with vineyards in Veneto & Tuscany

This family producer is another great Italian find!  Last spring, I met daughter, Francesca Dal Cero, very pregnant with her first baby but still making great efforts to hook me up with her family’s wines.  The Dal Cero’s own property … Continue reading

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