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Posts from Rusty Gaffney: Prince of Pinot

New Zealand’s Rippon Pinot Noir Has Burgundy Pedigree

New Zealand’s Rippon Pinot Noir Has Burgundy Pedigree

Nick Mills, who had picked up French in travels to France as a child with his winegrower father, Rolfe Mills, returned to Burgundy after a short-lived, injury-ending career as a world-class snow skier. He started as a cellar rat at Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron, and stayed in Burgundy from 1998 to 2002, studying enology and viticulture […]

Dry River: Martinborough’s Cult Pinot Noir

Dry River: Martinborough’s Cult Pinot Noir

There is nothing else quite like Dry River Pinot Noir in New Zealand, or even in the world for that matter.  Dry River, located in Martinborough, North Island of New Zealand, was the name of one of the oldest Wairapa sheep stations in New Zealand, dating to 1877. It was later named Dyerville, and it […]

Winemaker: Best Job in the World?

A tongue-and-cheek look at winemakers.

California Icon Gary Farrell Debuts New Alysian Label

California Icon Gary Farrell Debuts New Alysian Label

Gary Farrell could easily be given the title of Father of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.  After making his first wines for Davis Bynum, Farrell launched his own label in 1982. That year, he crafted the first Pinot Noir for the newly launched Rochioli Vineyard and Winery label, and released his first Gary Farrell Pinot […]

California’s Newest Cult Pinot Noir

Flying together: Rivers-Marie

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife and business partner Genevieve Marie Walsh have quietly developed one of California’s most honored Pinot Noir labels: Rivers-Marie.  Although Brown crafts wine for at least twelve other wineries where the focus is Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, Rivers-Marie produces small lots of Pinot Noir from three vineyard sources in the […]

Mendocino Ridge: California’s Newest Home for Pinot Noir

Manchester Ridge Vineyard

The fickle grape has found a new home in the Mendocino Ridge AVA of Mendocino County.