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Sparkling Wine – and the best bubbly for the 2020 holidays

January 15, 2021

Vindulge published a roundup of writer Mary Cressler’s favorite sparkling wines and champagnes tasted in 2020, including Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur and Rosé Majeur. The robust piece provides readers with […]

The 10 Best Rosé Champagnes to Drink in 2021

January 15, 2021

The Spruce Eats’ contributor Celine Bossart shared a list of her favorite rosé champagnes for different occasions, including Champagne Ayala Rosé Majeur as the best option to pair with a […]

The Best New Champagne For Your Valentine’s Day Dinner

January 14, 2021

Forbes contributor Larry Olmsted has a different spin on Champagne for Valentine’s Day. Rather than compiling a round up of bottles with cheeky holiday promotions, he decided to dedicate an […]

Six of the Best Wines to Pair with Chili

January 14, 2021

Forbes contributor Katie Kelly Bell selected Masciarelli Marina Cvetic ISKRA 2015 as one of the six best wines to enjoy with chili this winter. Winemaker Marina Cvetic hails from Croatia […]

The 25 Best Rosé Wines Under $25

January 14, 2021

Delish has rounded up their writers’ favorite rosé wines, including M de Minuty 2019, to start sipping now, well in advance of summer 2021. According to their team, “This is […]

Blue Reviews

January 13, 2021

Anthony Dias Blue of The Tasting Panel awarded Gary Farrell 2018 Russian River Selection Chardonnay with 95 points. He describes the wine as having a “golden color and an aromatic […]

New Wine Tariffs Take Effect

January 12, 2021

https://www.foodandwine.com/news/wine-tariffs-take-effect Fond of Bordeaux? Big fan of Côtes du Rhône? You might want to stock up. New tariffs announced on New Year’s Eve by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are likely to […]

A Day Out in Calistoga

January 12, 2021

Regional lifestyle publication Marin Living including Chateau Montelena as a must visit destination for a day trip in Calistoga. Writer Casey Gillespie says “this storied family-run winery is every bit […]

Eat, Drink, Play

January 12, 2021

The Mercury News in Northern California featured Chateau Montelena as one of the best virtual tasting room experiences in wine country. In addition to sharing historical background on the picturesque […]

Second Half 2020 Sample Roundup

January 12, 2021

Dallas Wine Chick highlighted the Champagne Ayala range within a story dedicated to standout wines tasted during the second half of 2020. Writer Melanie Ofenloch sets the stage by noting […]

10 High-Scoring California Chardonnays to Sip and Savor

January 8, 2021

Wine Enthusiast including Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2018 in a roundup of top scoring chardonnays to enjoy this winter. Reviewer Virginie Boone says, “this wine offers such tremendous […]

Caroline Latrive and Champagne Ayala

January 8, 2021

The Napa Valley Register’s latest wine column offers an in depth feature story on Champagne Ayala and Cellar Master Caroline Latrive. The story opens by sharing the legacies of other […]

Washington Post Great Value Wine Selection: E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

January 7, 2021

To start off the New Year right, the Washington Post curated an excellent selection of “great value wines” to enjoy in 2021. The list features the 2018 E. Guigal Côtes […]

Stay Safe, Sip Well: Sparkling Wines for Trying Times

January 5, 2021

Wanda Mann of Wine with Wanda recounted how she’s adapted life as a wine journalist this past year and how she’s grown to appreciate tasting wines quietly and at her […]

One Bottle Each, Episode 11 With Guest Lisa Denning

January 5, 2021

Wine writer Gabe Sasso is joined by The Wine Chef, Lisa Denning, for his video series One Bottle Each. In this episode, they discuss the Gary Farrell 2018 Olivet Lane […]

Winter is Here – Grapefriend Values

January 5, 2021

Grapefriend included Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 in the January newsletter focused on terrific value wines to enjoy all winter. Writer Alyssa Vitrano explains that because it is from high […]

The Best Red Wines to Drink This Year

January 5, 2021

Departures selected Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 as one of the top red wines to seek out and enjoy this winter season when you’re looking for something special. While […]

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Are Key to The American Wine Industry’s Future

January 5, 2021

Vinepair contributor Betsy Andrews wrote an extremely powerful piece illustrating how a more diverse and inclusive wine community will be the key driver for the industry’s success moving forward. “In […]

Hold the Sugar with Brut Nature Champagne

January 5, 2021

Alcohol Professor contributor Kelly Magyarics shined a light on zero dosage champagnes and highlighted Champagne Ayala Brut Nature as one of the best expressions of the style. Magyarics spoke with […]

This sauvignon blanc tastes like a splurge, but doesn’t cost like one

January 5, 2021

The Washington Post included E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018 in the publication’s first wine column in 2021. Longtime wine columnist Dave McIntyre selected the Guigal white because it […]