While at the University of California at Davis studying in the Masters Program for Viticulture and Enology, Gus Anderson and his wife, Phyllis scoured California for a remarkable grape growing area. After many months of searching throughout the state it became obvious that the Napa Valley was the premier growing area, and the only place to even consider. The objective was to start with bare land and develop vineyards from the ground up. After a great deal of searching they found the ideal location for their vineyards. There was only one small problem: the 40-acre site was not for sale! After contacting the owner Gus began a negotiation that lasted for 15 months, but ultimately led to the purchase of their dream property. With the land secured Gus and Phyllis invited their son, Todd, a geophysicist, and daughter-in-law, Dana, employed in the financial industry, to join them in the venture. Together, the two couples jumped in both physically and financially, and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards was founded in 1983. Over the ensuing years the Andersons built a 15 acre foot reservoir, laid out and planted 26 acres of prime vineyards, and built the existing winery, ancillary building and house. The vineyards are in the heart of the Napa Valley, just five minutes east of St. Helena and are located where Conn Creek flows out of Howell Mountain. The property is separated from the Napa Valley floor by a ridge running north and south. The world-renowned wineries of Joseph Heitz and Joseph Phelps are located on the west side of the ridge and the Anderson's estate vineyards are on the east side at the 400-foot elevation. The very special microclimate with soils of the Bale Loam series-the same soil found in the Rutherford Bench-produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot of exceptional quality. From these grapes the Andersons produce a 100% Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a Bordeaux-style blend called ƒloge. These wines are world renowned for their elegance and finesse. Further south in the Napa Valley, the Andersons grow their Valhalla Vineyard Pinot Noir. It is made in a true Burgundian style from very low yields, and rivals the wines of Vosne Romanee. This, along with a small quantity of Russian River Pinot Noir, makes up two of California's best. The Fournier Vineyard in the Carneros region of Napa Valley produces Chardonnay of outstanding character. Made in the barrel fermented, sur-lees style, the Andersons handcraft a Chardonnay that is rich and complex. Year after year the wines receive the accolades of the wine press, and scores rated in the 90's. Visit the Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards website.
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Wine which is produced and bottled under strict supervision and meets all standards to be certified Kosher.
Wine which is produced using organic practices and is free of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides.
Biodynamic designation is regulated by Demeter, an international certification organization. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the view of a farm as a self-contained organism. Certified organic vineyards must meet Demeter"s additional criteria for a period of one year before earning the designation "biodynamic."
Sustainable practices incorporate organic standards and may exceed them and include ecologically and socially sound business practices such as fair pay for farm workers and energy conservation.
Wines sealed with a screw cap as opposed to a cork, which experts report protects and preserves wine more effectively than does a cork, while also eliminating the possibility of cork taint.
All wines naturally contain some sulfites, however wines that contain less than 10 parts per million sulfites are not required to include "Contains Sulfites" on their labels.
Wines that are still in the barrel and have yet to be bottled. Futures offer the opportunity to invest in a wine before it arrives in our store.
Like futures, pre-arrivals are wines that have not yet arrived on our shelves, however they may or may not be a new release. Pre-arrivals may already be bottled and en route to our store.
The Wine Advocate is a bimonthly wine publication featuring the consumer advice of wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. Initially titled The Baltimore-Washington Wine Advocate the first issue was published in 1978. Accepting no advertising, the newsletter publishes in excess of 7,500 reviews per year, utilizing Parker's rating system that employs a 50-100 point quality scale.
Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture. It publishes 15 issues per year with content that includes news, articles, profiles, and general entertainment pieces. Each issue also includes from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews, which consist of wine ratings and tasting notes.
International Wine Cellar
Since 1997, the 100% subscriber-supported IWC has also been available in French and Japanese editions.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a lifestyle magazine covering wine, food, spirits, travel and entertaining topics. It was founded in 1988 by Adam and Sybil Strum and reaches 686,000 readers. Its wine ratings, conducted by reviewers in major wine-producing areas of the world, are considered an influential gauge for consumers and professionals in the wine industry.
Wine & Spirits
Wine and Spirits is America's practical guide to the straightforward, enlightened enjoyment of fine wine and and premium spirits. We have for 18 years served customers and marketers alike with a lively mix of wine reviews, features, profiles, food and wine pairings, new product introductions, travel pieces, history, opinion and wine business news.
Burghound.com was the first of its kind to offer specialized, and more importantly, exhaustive coverage of a specific wine region. The first Issue was released in January of 2001 and there are now subscribers in more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states. Allen Meadows spends over four months a year in Burgundy and visits more than 300 domaines during that time.
James is one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian wine, matching intelligent, honest reviews with unparalleled knowledge of, and passion for, the wine industry.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
For thirty-five years, Connoisseurs’ Guide has been the authoritative voice of the California wine consumer. With readers in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries, the Guide is valued by wine lovers everywhere for its honesty and for it strong adherence to the principles of transparency, unbiased, hard-hitting opinions.
I rate wines using the 100-points scale. I have used this point system for close to 25 years. I still believe it is the simplest way to rate a wine, with its origins from grade school in the United States. A wine that I rate 90 points or more is outstanding (A), and worth buying. If I rate a wine 95 points or more (A+), it is a must buy.
View from the Cellar
View From the Cellar, an electronic wine newsletter published bi-monthly by John Gilman.
Homepage for wine writer, Neal Martin's, "Diary of a Wine Writer".
Malt Advocate magazine is America's leading whisky magazine. It's the number one source for whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts.
The Rhone Report
Dedicated to the wines and grapes of the Rhone Valley
Wine Review Online
Wine Review Online was originally conceived by Publisher Robert Whitley as an all-encompassing platform for the many talented wine journalists he came across in his travels as wine columnist for the Creators Syndicate.
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