Château Clarke’s “Le Merle Blanc” Bordeaux White Wine

A delicacy from one of a handful of estates to produce white varietals in the Médoc

The word Bordeaux tickles sense memory, conjuring the deep colors and lavish aromas of medium- and full-bodied red wines with tannic gravitas. Château Clarke, which sits on roughly 150 hectares in Bordeaux’s Listrac-Médoc appellation, produces such wines—and yet their white, Le Merle Blanc, represents something of greater rarity. Few estates in the Médoc nurture white wine varietals; even fewer offer a white wine as elegant …

Cloudy Bay’s New Cellar Door, The Shed

The winery recently opened a new visitor center in Central Otago, surrounded by stunning South Island scenery

“Getting the understanding of the landscape and the people in the place—that informs how we make the wines. It’s very much about the place,” says Jim White, Cloudy Bay‘s Technical Director. Unlike wine made in many other places around the world, limited to a specific vineyard or region, Cloudy Bay takes advantage of two of New Zealand‘s famous wine regions: Marlborough (in the northeastern tip …

The Prisoner Wine Company’s Unconventional New Home

A new way to experience the beloved brand, and Napa Valley

Napa Valley was blanketed in smoke the weekend The Prisoner Wine Company opened its tasting room to the public. The devastating fire had just begun its trail of destruction 150 miles north, and the region’s usually crisp ocean air looked and felt more like something out of a dystopian thriller. It made approaching The Prisoner’s fortress-like new home downright eerie. Located off Highway 29 in …