Current Press & Accolades

 "Alessandro wanted to know if I’d pen a feature for Cdb on the wine scene in America. “Which wine scene in America?” was my initial response, to which he more-or-less replied “all of them.” Capturing the trends and current happenings of all of the most important wine regions in the U.S. just seemed a challenge too cool to turn down, so I said yes...what was probably the most difficult part of the assignment was coming up with a list of thirty wines that I thought served as both an introduction to American wine, and as a faithful representation of American wine trends overall... Against my better judgment, I have included short blurbs on why I choose the wines that I did.

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"This intriguing combination of Pinot Grigio (70%) holds smaller traces of Traminer and Moscato Giallo. The nose is powerfully led by the Moscato, so floral and spicy in jasmine and briny seaside that it almost suggests Vermentino. Textured and light, it offers strong flavors of pear and a long, crisp finish." — Virginie Boone

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"Made from Moscato Giallo grapes harvested late though still at low Brix, this is meant to serve as a dessert wine as it is slightly sweet, with 78 g/L of residual sugar. The aromas are pure and fully expressive of jasmine in bloom followed by apricot and honey. Light in alcohol, it shows a slight sweetness in the midpalate. Otherwise, it finishes dry, making it serviceable as an apéritif or midday-in-the-garden wine." — Virginie Boone

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"Shyly aromatic at first, this beautiful Primitivo blended with 8% Barbera offers smooth layers of raspberry and just-ripe cherry, a seasoning of kitchen herbs and spice sprinkled in between. Not aged in barrels, it's all about the fruit and spice and the interplay in between, with no oak to interfere." — Virginie Boone

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"From two vineyard sources in Lodi, Uvaggio’s Vermentino is always a delicious bet, with crisp, light melon fruit and a salty quality that calls out for food from the sea. Modest in alcohol, the texture is mouthwateringly addictive, a quality that follows through from first sip to last." — Virginie Boone

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