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Below you will find general articles, blogs, and videos published about Montemaggiore. If you are interested in reviews and awards for a specific wine, go to Wines > Accolades.

Refreshingly Rhone
Virginie Boone

“Syrah specialist Lise Ciolino didn't think she wanted to make a white wine. She loved the aromatics of viognier, marsanne and roussanne—three classic Rhone varietals—but knew she'd have to rein them in.”

Biodynamics takes Organic to a Higher Power
Wendy Rieger
November 2009

NBC's Green Report visits Montemaggiore during harvest to learn about biodynamic agriculture.  The video report shows everything from the grapes being picked to the enjoyment of the wine.

TV comes to Montemaggiore

November 2009

Daytime, a nationally syndicated morning lifestyle show, sent their wine guru to visit Montemaggiore. The video offers an good overview of Montemaggiore's vineyards and winemaking practices.  

Valentines among the Vines
Risa Wyatt
February 2009

Relationships are hard enough, but working together can add a lot of pressure.  This article explores couples who work together in the wine industry.

Rhone wasn't built in a Day
Norm Roby
September 2007

The quintessential British wine publication highlights small producers in America focusing on Rhône varietals and Rhône-inspired wines.  Montemaggiore is one of several that is said to be "flirting with cult status."

New Developments in Dry Creek Valley
Wolfgang M. Weber
August 2006

Although Dry Creek Valley is one of the oldest winegrowing regions in the United States, the early 2000s saw a renaissance of new wines and wineries to the region.  Montemaggiore was noted as one of the welcome additions to the community.

Top 10 Syrah of the year
Wine & Spirits Magazine
October 2005

Over the prior 12 months, Wine & Spirits tasted 261 syrahs. The 2002 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah was one of ten wines receiving the strongest praise!  Not bad for our first vintage...

Syrah done Right
Chris Knap
August 2005

Our 2002 Paolo's Vineyard Syrah is named "Wine of the Week" by the Orange County (California) Register.  This was our very first vintage, and Chris calls the wine "rich, deep and plush" then goes on to say "Five stars to the Ciolinos for starting out right."

From Software to Syrah
Lise Ciolino
Fall / Winter 2005

In Brown University's Conduit magazine, Lise wrote an article about her path from being a software engineer in Silicon Valley to making syrah in Sonoma County.

Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
March 2004

An old friend connects with Lise via "Open that Bottle Night" celebrated by the Wall Street Journal.