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Some chardonnays stand out from the herd With chardonnay as plentiful as it gets, consumers can have a tough time distinguishing those that are worth their time and money. Here is a list of some that stand out, including those from Barefoot Cellars, RiverAerie and Phelps Creek Vineyards.

Sauvignon Blanc India

CHARDONNAY HAS been — and still is — the leading white-wine varietal in this country, both in terms of vineyard acreage (vast!) and sales (humongous). It's a worldwide superstar, too. The grape thrives in just about every country where wine grapes are grown. It is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible to many wine writers.

Chenin Blanc India

Personally, I enjoy chardonnays, but confess I rarely get excited about them. Like many consumers, I find it hard to know what's going to be in the bottle labeled chardonnay. Will it be steely and crisp, tasting of green apples and lemon juice? Will it be fleshy and fruity — a bowl of stone fruits, tropical fruits, bubble gum? Will it be buttered popcorn in a bottle? Toast and coffee? Ancient sea life soaked in chalk? Chardonnay can be any and all of the above. No unknown label is going to give you much of a clue about what's inside, beyond simple (or silly) terms such as "naked" or "unwooded." So you have to do some scouting to find producers who make the style of chardonnay you enjoy, at a price you are willing to pay.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India



One of the great things about wine is that every year is a voyage of discovery: no two vintages are exactly alike, and with new labels appearing on the shelves all the time, consumers have the opportunity to find something new every time they visit a good retailer.

Rosé India

Of course, our options in India are still quite limited. Wine from wine grapes are as yet produced only in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, and what with inter-state taxes pushing up wine costs by between Rs 200 to 300 per bottle in those two states, most wineries prefer to sell their wares within the state of production itself.

Sauvignon Blanc India

All India, the most significant new wine available at retail is Four Seasons, from the spirits division of the UB Group. UB has the vision, the means, and the setup to both make wines for every taste and pocket, and make them widely available. They will give the current market leader Sula a tough fight in the years to come.

Chenin Blanc India



FUN WHILE IT LASTED Naomi Brilliant's Sonoma winery, Roshambo, set its sights on a young market but was unprofitable.

Cabernet Shiraz India

Published: January 22, 2010 The party’s over for Naomi Brilliant. The social butterfly whose rock ’n’ roll events at Roshambo, her Sonoma winery, attracted droves of San Francisco hipsters — typically in silly costumes — is plowing under the vines she inherited from her grandfather to grow vegetables. She’s sold the last of her Roshambo wine.

Rosé India

After 10 years in overdrive trying to convince her generation that wine is a blast, “I realized I wasn’t having any fun doing this any more,” Ms. Brilliant, 37, said in an interview.

Sauvignon Blanc India



A Missouri business is challenging Iowa's wine distribution law as unconstitutional in a fight that in-state wine advocates say could cost them tens of thousands of dollars in annual tax increases and ruin their competitive edge.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

"This is substantial," said Ron Mark, owner of Summerset Winery, near Indianola. "We'd probably have to put the business up for sale." The Missouri vineyards' lawsuit stems from a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down New York and Michigan laws that regulated out-of-state wine shipment to consumers differently from the regulated in-state wines. The court ruled the laws unconstitutional because they discriminated against interstate commerce.

Cabernet Shiraz India

Iowa lawmakers never moved to change Iowa law after the court's ruling. Under current law, out-of-state operations cannot legally ship their products directly to consumers and must, instead, sell wine through a distributor. That process costs $1.75 a gallon in taxes, which in-state wineries do not pay when they sell their products directly to customers.

Rosé India



For the past few weeks I have been making the rounds to local wineries. I visited Travessia in downtown New Bedford, Running Brook in North Dartmouth, and this week, I was off to Westport Rivers in Westport.

Chenin Blanc

The farm that is now Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery was purchased in 1982 by Bob and Carol Russell. After four years of extensive research and preparation, vines were planted in 1986, the first harvest came in 1989, and they opened to the public and started selling wine in 1991. Bob and Carol ran the sales and marketing end of the business and the winemaking and vineyard management responsibilities were put into the hands of two of their sons, Bill and Rob Russell.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

I came to know brothers Rob and Bill in 1992 when I took a job at the winery as a weekend tour guide while attending SMU, now UMass Dartmouth. I have always described the brothers using the classic Donny and Marie Osmond song, "A little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll." With his high energy, gift of gab, and Eric Clapton looks, winemaker Bill is the "rock 'n' roll" of the duo.

Cabernet Shiraz India



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