Top 100 list from the Wine Enthusiast 2014 came out with the Anotn Bauer Wagram Reserve as #47.  2014.


Artesana Tannat-Merlot 2012

★ ★

Canelones, Uruguay, $18

Uruguay has staked its reputation for red wines on tannat, trying to replicate Argentina’s success with malbec. Merlot composes 40 percent of this blend, softening the tannins of the tannat and providing a silky texture with bright cherry fruit. This is a stylish wine. ABV: 13.9 percent.

Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Cork & Fork. Available in Maryland at Cork & Fork in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Perfect Pour in Elkridge, Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, Rip’s Wine and Spirit Shop in Bowie; on the list at Daily Dish in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria), Cork & Fork in Gainesville, Little Washington Winery in Washington, Murphy Beverage in Winchester, Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, Oby Lee Winery in Arlington, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Red White & Bleu in Falls Church, Town Duck in Warrenton, Wine Loves Chocolate in Charlottesville, Wine Cabinet in Reston, Winestyles in Chantilly; on the list at City Square Cafe in Manassas, Mele Bistro in Arlington, Savory Grain and Tazza Kitchen in Richmond.


La Crotta di Vegneron Chambave Muscat 2012

★ ★

Vallee d’Aoste, Italy, $20

If I could decree trends, dry muscat would be all the rage. Think moscato without the sweetness: just the ripe, juicy peach and apricot flavors, with a hint of refreshing minerality and acidity. This is ideal for those times when you just want to sit and sip a delicious, fruity white wine. ABV: 13 percent.

Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits; on the list at Sonoma. Available in Maryland at Carrolltown Liquors in Sykesville, Cork & Fork in Bethesda, Frederick Wine House and Viniferous in Frederick, Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, Wishing Well Liquors in Easton; on the list at Of Love & Regret in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at J. Emerson Fine Wines & Cheese in Richmond, the Italian Store in Arlington, Whole Foods Market (Fair Lakes, Reston), Wine Cabinet in Reston, Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville.


FONTEGO is in the Top Best Buys 2014 
Fontego is the 1st Italian wine chosen in the Wine Enthusiast

TOP 100 Best Buys 2014 at n. 15 in the U.S..
La CAPPUCCINA 2012 FONTEGO (Soave) 89 points
It opens with a floral fragrance of mediterranean broom,

jasmine and chamomile. The juicy palate delivers citrus,

pineapple and almond alongside crisp acidity that lends

a clean, refreshing close.


August 2011

Andrew Stover, an “Innovative Sommelier,” was interviewed in Wine Enthusiast about his unique selections from around the US.

July 2011

Dave McIntyre explored the wines of Southern Italy, and found our I Sassi Aglianico del Vulture to be “nicely structured and complex.”

Alie Shaper of Brooklyn Oenology was profiled in Edible Brooklyn, in which she explains her journey from engineer to winemaker.

June 2011

Natural wine writer Alice Feiring paid a visit to Meinklang estate in Burgenland, Austria and wrote about the family’s wines and biodynamic farm.

May 2011

Dave McIntyre waxed poetic about our Gavi “Ru,” and later our Marques de la Real Defensa Rosado in his “Recession Busters” column.

Washington City Paper’s Chris Shott wrote an article featuring some Siema wines on the list at Sax restaurant (as well as an interview with our Andrew Stover) in his playful column on new beverage-centric restaurants in the District.

Christian Schiller described a Skype tasting with Werner Michlitis, of our  Meinklang estate, on his personal blog, and had some kind words about the Meinklang wines.

D.C.’s Brightest Young Things blog caught up with Top Chef finalist Mike Isabella, whose kitchen was well stocked with a few of our wines.

April 2011

Our Osel Ruche was at the top of the list of Dave McIntyre’s monthly “Recession Busters” column.

March 2011

Jason Wilson recommended two of Siema’s Nebbiolo based wines in his varietal-specific column.

Sawtooth’s Gewurztraminer was highlighted as a “Good Value” wine in the Washington Post.

February 2011

Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post named Siema one of his favorite local importers and recommended two of  our wines in his weekly column.

January 2011

Carolyn Lawson Low of the Reston Patch reported on an online Skype tasting with Alessandro Locatelli of  Rocche Costamagna and our Beth Wolfe  at the Wine Cabinet in Reston.

December 2010

Chateau La Gatte’s Michael Affato was interviewed in Wine Spectator in a report on  Franco-American properties in “Bordeaux, U.S.A.”

November 2010

Ellie Stables of Ten Sisters and our own Andrew Stover were featured on in a special report on wine classes.

Joe Roberts, of, tasted through a series of Arizona Stronghold wines for his weekly column.

September 2010

Dave McIntyre urged his readers to consider the merits of Italian whites, including our Caldaro Muller Thurgau.

August 2010

Jay McInerney of the Wall Street Journal found our Lis Neris to be a “stunning example” of a myth-busting Pinot Grigio.

July 2010

Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, wrote about her visit to Friuli and the Toros vineyards.

Michael Franz was enamored with our “sweet, soft and deliciously pure” Lodali Barolo Lorens 2006.

Ellie Stables of Ten Sisters was profiled in DC Magazine.

In a blind tasting of more than 200 Barolos, Michael Franz of Wine Review Online found our 2006 Lodali Barolo Lorens to be “one of the most overtly ripe and sexy wines in the entire lineup.”

June 2010

Ten Sisters Sauvignon Blanc was picked by Derek Swanson of Weekly Wine Pick to be “your wine for the rest of the summer.”

May 2010

James Suckling of Wine Spectator sat down with Andrew Stover to talk Vino 50.

Jason Wilson of The Post was impressed with our San Brizio Soave.

April 2010

Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post recommended Miguel Merino’s 2001 Reserva.

Amity Vineyards, who produce our Route 99 products, was spotlighted in The New York Times for their “eco wines.”

L. Mawby got a nice plug in a Food & Wine article on Michigan wineries.

March 2010

Brooklyn Oenology was written up in the Wall Street Journal.

Brico de Tati Cortese, 2008, was picked as a “recession buster” in the Washington Post.

February 2010

Vino 50 was the subject of a Dave McIntyre column in the Post. (pdf)