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Since 1977, the Quarterly Review of Wines has sought to be the most trustworthy source for wines. In 2011, we discontinued our print magazines while continuing online at qrw.com. Honoring our commitment to providing our readers with truly unbiased and accurate information, we have decided to discontinue advertising of any kind. Additionally we shall not charge subscription fees. No login or passwords required. No telephone numbers to call or email addresses to enter. Just visit qrw.com and it will be there for you to enjoy. All future articles will first be posted on our site — free of charge. Once we take it down, we’ll do our best to have it archived.

Thank you for your support over the years. We feel this is the best way to say “thank you.”


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  • Julia Child article
  • Downton Abbey article
  • Wine's Decline
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  • Gaia and Gaja: Italy’s First Wine Family
  • Cellar For A Lord: Downton Abbey, Part II

Quarterly Review of Wines:
For Those Who Want to Know Wines from Those Who Do



Featured Articles
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Some Wine History...

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French Rosé Country

Sue Dixon

Patrick d'Aulan

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Alta Vista Wines: The Benchmark of Argentinean Malbec

Katie Curley-Katzman

Serena Sutcliffe

July 2015

All Things Grape and Small

Randy Sheahan

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Smith Madrone: Wines of the Gods

Katie Curley-Katzman

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Walla Walla: The New Napa

Richard L. Elia

An Eden in eastern Washington: Mullan Road Cellars
and the next generation of great reds.

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Lovely Loire
Castles, pastoral sites, and food friendly wine

Yvonne Horn

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Wine in Literature
A literary and oenology IQ quiz

Richard L. Elia

Test your literary wine IQ!

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33rd Annual Best of the Best:
California Sauvignon Blanc

QRW Tasting Staff

Sauvignon Blancs that deserve respect.

bottles of Elena Walch Sauvignon wines

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Elena Walch:
An Estate in the ‘Hands of Women’

Tom Hyland

Walch is overjoyed her daughters have joined her.
“The three of us now run the estate — it remains
in the hands of women!”

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Updated Vintage Wine Chart

Randy Sheahan

Matthew-McConaughey

April 2015

All Things Grape and Small

Randy Sheahan

Tom Maresca

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Wines of Campania: Red, White and
Pure Gold

Introduction and A Little Bit of History

Romancing the Vines and What's in a Name

A Selection of Campania’s Pure-Gold
Producers

Tom Maresca

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Chocolates and Wine? The answer is Port

Richard L. Elia

Peter Mondavi

All Things Grape and Small

Randy Sheahan

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Valentine Vintages
QRW’s Annual Holiday 2015 Champagne Tasting

QRW Tasting Team

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The 32nd Annual Best of The Best
Non-Vintage Champagne Tasting

QRW Tasting Team

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The 32nd Annual Best of The Best
California Cabs/Red Blends

QRW Tasting Team

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The 32nd Annual Best of The Best
California Pinot Noir

QRW Tasting Team

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The 32nd Annual Best of The Best
California Merlot

QRW Tasting Team

Meet Paris Oyster Cover

Mireille Guiliano’s Ode to an Oyster

Richard Elia

The ‘ambassador to the art of living’ introduces us
to another personal affair

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The 31st Annual Best of The Best
California Sparkling Wines

QRW Tasting Team

14 Brut and Blancs de Blanc sure to enliven the moment

 

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QRW Photo Gallery
The Who's Who of QRW Magazine

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A Great Barolo Vintage
2010: Cause for Celebration

Tom Maresca

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The São João Festival:
Portugal’s Largest Street Party

Richard Elia

Champagne

Non-Vintage Champagne —
The House Style

Best of The Best art

QRW’s 30th Annual Best of The Best:
• California Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet-Based Blends
• California Pinot Noirs
• California Merlot
• California Chardonnays
• Non-Vintage Champagne

QRW’s 29th Annual Best of The Best:
• California Cabs and Bordeaux Blends
• Champagne Tasting
• California Pinot Noir
• California Zinfandel

QRW’s 28th Annual Best of The Best:
• California Cabernet Sauvignon
• California Pinot Noir
• California Zinfandel

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Cecile Bonnefond: Woman CEO is running the “New” Piper-Heidsieck

Richard Elia

At our “30th Annual Best of the Best Non-Vintage Champagne Tasting,” the biggest surprise was Piper-Heidsieck. It was the first time this Champagne made the cut, and we were impressed by the quality of reserve wine in the cuvée, along with its flavor and texture. Wine like this deserves a story so we inquired about this with Piper’s new CEO, Cecile Bonnefond.

Joe Donelan

WGBH Chef’s Gala A Family Affair For Donelan Wines

Katie Curley-Katzman

Meet Joe Donelan and sons Trip and Cushing of Donelan Family Wines.

Jacques Lardiere, Louis Jadot Winemaker

All Things Grape and Small

Randy Sheahan

Retired Louis Jadot’s Lardière is back to work as he takes charge of Jadot’s newest acquisition, Resonance Vineyard . . .

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The House of Taittinger

Julie Whitlow

Evidence abounds that the family is once again the quintessence of the product which has only improved in depth, character, and quality.

Tara Empson

Meet Tara Empson: Rising Young Star
in Italian Export Wines

Nancy Schultz

With her ready smile and sun-tinged auburn hair, Tara, daughter of Empson wine specialists Neil and Maria, now oversees the Milan office of the family business, whose goal is to deliver consistent Tuscan-style wine to the American table.

Blantyre's Masseto Tasting Menu

Wine Scene

Blantyre’s Masseto Tasting  •  27th Annual Smoker  •  Sommelier Challenge  •  In praise of Roederer USA

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Best of The Best:
Champagne Tasting 2012–13

QRW Tasting Team

Discover which bubblies broke through above the rest for our tasters.

Mireille Guiliano

Style Doyenne: Mireille Guiliano

All about QRW columnist and author Mireille Guiliano and her the best selling French Women ... series.


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2015 Boston Wine Expo

Required Reading: Great Whites from Neglected Alsace

Dernier Cri: What’s a Good Wine?

Wine’s Decline: Wither Romance?

Aristocrats of the Table: Julia Child, Eating, and Dining

Whining about Downton Abbey

Cellar For A Lord: Downton Abbey, Part II

QRW Wine Diary

QRW Covers by Photographer Jim Scherer

Best of The Best: Non-Vintage Champagnes 2011

Style Doyenne: Profile of and Book Reviews on Mireille Guiliano

Is Dining Dying?

Château Margaux at Blantyre

29th Annual Best of The Best: Best of Show Winners

29th Annual Best of The Best: California Chardonnay

29th Annual Best of The Best: California Zinfandel

Photo Feature: A Nostalgic Look Back

29th Annual Best of The Best: California Cabs and Bordeaux Blends

29th Annual Best of The Best: California Pinot Noir

All Things Grape and Small, Winter 2012/13

QRW Vintage Wine Chart [PDF]

Gaia and Gaja: Italy’s First Wine Family

29th Annual Best of The Best: Champagne Tasting

All Things Grape and Small, Autumn 2012

Best of The Best: California Cabs

Best of The Best: California Pinot Noir

Best of The Best: California Zinfandel

Wine Scene

Best of The Best: Vintage Champagnes 2008–09

Wining and Dining at WGBH Studios

Wining & Dining in Morocco

Wine Quiz: Varietal Variations

An Afternoon at Caymus

Shafer Vineyards: Treasure Trail; Wine, Love and Rock and Roll

Blending Buzz at Rutherford Ranch

Wines of the Quarter: Two Great Reds

Hugh Johnson Praises QRW and Publisher Richard Elia in the Boston Globe

Hear Publisher Richard Elia on NPR