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2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar ? The Insider Wines of The Côte d’Or, Part 1
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One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “less travelled” appellations and villages. These “insider wines” are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy […]

Full Story Published 7 days ago.

2013 Wine & Fire Seminar: Digging Deep ? Clone 115
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The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. […]

Full Story Published 18 days ago.

Australia ? What?s New?
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Wines from Australia are no stranger to most of us, roaring into the U.S. market with high demand back in the mid-to-late ‘90s. At least part of this seemingly sudden demand was driven by the interest in wines with high scores tendered by the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator publications. Add in the fascination for […]

Full Story Published 29 days ago.

Seldom Seen ? Wines That Don?t Get Enough Face Time
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The world has been witnessing a lot of geo-political turmoil over the last several years. The “Arab Spring,” the “Orange Revolution,” people taking to the streets. Curiously, the wine world has also seen its share of turmoil. We’ve heard about the “natural wine” movement, the “In Pursuit of Balance” organization, and Robert Parker stepping down […]

Full Story Published 2 months ago.

2013 Wine & Fire Seminar – There?s Gold in Them Thar Hills
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The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance held its annual Wine & Fire event in August of 2013. The festivities began on Friday evening with a reception at the Sanford & Benedict barn (the former winery) in the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, where over two dozen winemakers poured library wines and current releases from their Sta. […]

Full Story Published 2 months ago.

The Renaissance of Spirits ? Gin
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Continuing our occasional focus on spirits, we now take a look at gin, a spirit which derives its predominant flavor from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). With origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from an herbal medicine to point of major of commerce in the spirits industry. While the Dutch get credit for the […]

Full Story Published 3 months ago.

The Wines of Chablis ? with Séguinot-Bordet
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Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 62 miles away. This […]

Full Story Published 3 months ago.

The Wines of Verona ? with Bertani Amarone
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One of the famous wine growing areas of Italy, the Verona region lies in the north of the country, half-way between Venice and Milan. There has always been a long wine-producing tradition here, which today boasts the largest number of DOC wines in the country, producing wines such as Valpolicella, Soave and Amarone. Founded in […]

Full Story Published 3 months ago.

The Renaissance of Spirits ? Rum
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Continuing our occasional focus on spirits, we now take a look at rum. Arguably the oldest of distilled spirits, rum is a bit unique in that it is made from a byproduct of other salable products (sugar cane and molasses), and actually may have more variety in its styles than other distilled spirits. Rum appears […]

Full Story Published 4 months ago.

2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar ? Minerality
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Over the past several years, wine tasters have been using the term “minerality” to describe specific vinous attributes that include: wet stone, crushed stone, chalk, flint, racy acidity, salinity and the actual taste or smell of minerals. Since science has now debunked the original assumption that these aromas and flavors were translated directly from the […]

Full Story Published 4 months ago.

Wine Tasting Clubs
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Knowledge transfer has always proved to be one of the best, perhaps the best, way to learn the many complexities of wine. Instructor-led tastings is one way to accomplish this – to actually become a student of wine. In fact, many of us either started our respective wine journeys in this fashion, or we know […]

Full Story Published 4 months ago.

Wineries of South Africa ? with Mulderbosch Vineyards
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Winegrowing has been going on in South Africa since the late 1600s, making it ‘the oldest of the New World producers.’ Thirty years ago, the region’s wines were of uneven quality – something that has demonstrably changed over the last ten or more years. The recent acquisition of Mulderbosch Vineyards by California–based Terroir Capital LLC […]

Full Story Published 5 months ago.

The Renaissance of Spirits ? Tequila
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What’s this? A show about…tequila? Well, tequila may have more in common with wine growing and wine making than you might imagine. The rules for where and how it can be grown rival many French AOCs. Blue agave plants are planted and hand harvested with some of the same rigor that goes into planting and […]

Full Story Published 5 months ago.

Wineries of Southern California ? with Moraga Vineyards
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Moraga Vineyards is a wine growing estate in the Santa Monica Mountains at an elevation of 600 to 900 feet, five miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles community of Bel Air. Owners and native Californians, Tom and Ruth Jones have lived on the 16-acre Moraga Canyon property since 1959, purchasing a small […]

Full Story Published 5 months ago.

Wineries of Napa Valley – with Sequoia Grove
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Located on Hwy 29 in Napa Valley, Sequoia Grove Winery sits on 22 acres in the heart of the valley in a region known as the Rutherford Bench. Named for the huge Sequoia trees in front of the winery, it was founded by Jim Allen in 1978, and has one of the first subterranean cellars […]

Full Story Published 6 months ago.

2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar ? Alcohol & Balance Redux
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A couple of years ago, the 2011 World of Pinot Noir presented a seminar on alcohol and balance, with a goal of panelist discussion to determine if alcohol and balance were mutually exclusive, or if one affected the other – adversely or otherwise. It was a hot-button topic among consumers and in the media at […]

Full Story Published 6 months ago.

2012 Hospice du Rhone Seminar – The Wines of d?Arenberg
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Chester Osborn is a walking encyclopedia. The Australian wine producer manages to keep ALL of the data for 60 different wines he makes each year, in his head! The sheer number of vineyards would tax most people’s faculties. And, these are wines of no small breeding. Most of the vineyards are 60+ years old. Chester […]

Full Story Published 6 months ago.

The Wines of Montalcino ? with Alessandro Bindocci
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Alessandro Bindocci is the 4th generation of Bindocci’s to work in the wine business, and the 2nd generation to be following in the footsteps of Piero Talenti, mentor to Alessandro’s father Fabrizio and one of the founding fathers of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. After completing his enology degree at the University of Pisa, Alessandro […]

Full Story Published 7 months ago.

The Wines of Bordeaux ? with Vignobles Garcin
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One might easily assume the Garcin family have always been Bordelais. However, they’re relatively recent transplants, having previously lived in the French Alps, where they owned a chain of supermarkets and a sports company. After the sale of these companies, brother and sister, Daniel and Sylviane Garcin, headed to Bordeaux in 1991, whereupon Daniel bought […]

Full Story Published 7 months ago.

Wine in the Sky ? with American Airlines
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Ken Chase is a busy guy! As the wine consultant for American Airlines, it’s his responsibility to source the wine and plan the wine lists for all of American’s 6,000 flights per day. Fortunately, he’s got the contacts and the experience to make it all sound easy. Ken is a classically trained wine maker and […]

Full Story Published 7 months ago.

2012 Hospice du Rhone Seminar – A Collective Quest: Le Vins de Vienne
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How about an armchair trip to the Rhône Valley? Well, beginning with a 10-minute primer on the Rhône Valley and its communes, this seminar from the 2012 Hospice du Rhône continues on to hear from each of the three vignerons behind a joint project called Les Vins de Vienne. It all began in Vienne, a […]

Full Story Published 8 months ago.

The Wines of Tuscany ? with Giovanni Folonari
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If the Folonari name is familiar to you, you’re not alone. The Folonaris are among Italy’s oldest and most prestigious Tuscan wine families with a winemaking history dating back to the late 1700s. In 1825 the family-owned business took the name “Fratelli Folonari,” and in 1912, Ambrogio Folonari’s grandfather, Italo Folonari, and his brother Francesco […]

Full Story Published 8 months ago.

2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar ? Not Pinot Blanc, Not Pinot Gris, it?s White Pinot Noir!?
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Imagine Blanc de Noir without the bubbles. Weird? Not really. A few aspiring wineries and their “hey, let’s do it” winemakers are actually making what they correctly refer to as white pinot noir. Okay, so it’s still really the same as “normal” pinot noir, just without the color, right? Wrong! It turns out, when you […]

Full Story Published 8 months ago.

2012 Hospice du Rhone Seminar – The Bionic Frog Returns
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This is the second in our series of seminars from the 2012 Hospice du Rhone. This time, we’re re-visiting an old friend from the Walla Walla Valley in the Pacific Northwest – Christophe Baron, from Cayuse Vineyards. Christophe is always at HdR, but the last time he did a seminar was 2004. At the time, […]

Full Story Published 9 months ago.

Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Domaine Carneros
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The French have landed…the French have landed. Actually, with regard to California, Taittinger landed in 1987 with Domaine Carneros. Completed in 1989, the château, a gorgeous landmark in the Carneros region is literally at the crossroads of both Napa and Sonoma. The classic 18th century château-style building was architecturally inspired by the historic Taittinger-owned Château […]

Full Story Published 9 months ago.

The Vineyards of Pouilly Fuissé ? with Domaine J. A. Ferret
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Founded in 1840, Domaine Ferret is located in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, in the commune of Fuissé. Here, half-way between Beaune and Lyon, Chardonnay is Pouilly Fuissé’s only grape variety. While it is the best-known part of the Mâconnais, there are currently no Premier Cru vineyards within the AOC – something Domain Ferret would […]

Full Story Published 9 months ago.

2012 Hospice du Rhone Seminar – Why Spain (Still) Rocks
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The first in our series of seminars from the 2012 Hospice du Rhone gets into Spanish wine. It’s no secret that Spain is producing many of the world’s great wine made from Rhone varietals. Yet, it was another eye-opening experience to taste through this first seminar. Moderated by Steve Olson and joined by importer Eric […]

Full Story Published 9 months ago.

Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Anaba Wines
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Anaba (“Anna-bah”) takes its name from the cool upward-flowing breezes called anabic winds that frequently stream through the estate Carneros vineyard during the warm summer months. Owner John Sweazey is thought to be the first vintner in Northern California to harness wind power to supplement power in his tasting room and storage facility. The Director […]

Full Story Published 10 months ago.

Wines of the West Sonoma Coast
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Situated along the California coastline, the vast Sonoma Coast AVA extends from the Sonoma County border with Napa in Carneros bordering on San Pablo Bay to Marin County and the Pacific Ocean 30 miles to the West, progressing north through Sonoma County and reaching its most northern limits at the Mendocino County border. It overlaps […]

Full Story Published 10 months ago.

Meet Soliste Cellars ? with Claude Koeberle
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Claude Koeberle is quite a fascinating study and has been called a “force of nature.” He is opinionated (“Many of California’s fruit-forward wines do not pair well with food”), devoted to Pinot Noir with religious fervor (“Cabernet Sauvignon is an evil weed”), and talkative. He could impress you with his culinary accomplishments (Apprenticed under Paul […]

Full Story Published 10 months ago.

2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar ? Up Close and Personal with Kosta Browne
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When Dan Kosta and Michael Browne created their eponymous label in 1997, they weren’t quite sure how long it would take to get it up and running. But, by the 2003 vintage everyone had dubbed them an “overnight success.” The movie Sideways was fueling the Pinot Noir craze, and Kosta Browne, with a waiting list […]

Full Story Published 10 months ago.

Wineries of Napa Valley – with Cakebread Cellars
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Over 40 years ago, when Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book, he casually mentioned to some family friends in Rutherford that he was interested in one day owning a vineyard. Returning home that afternoon, his phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed […]

Full Story Published 11 months ago.

Wines of Canada’s Okanagan Valley
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British Columbia is one of those places you never guessed would be making dry wines. Even if you considered its close proximity to the state of Washington, it probably still wouldn’t dawn on you that Canada would produce anything other than Ice Wine. Well, surprise – they DO! Occupying what is essentially the Columbia River […]

Full Story Published 11 months ago.

Go West Young Man ? with Jean-Charles Boisset
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Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine. His parents, Jean-Claude and Claudine, had founded the family winery in 1961 in one of the most traditional winegrowing regions in the world – the village of Vougeot, in Burgundy. Born in a room above the family cellars, he grew up within view of the centuries-old […]

Full Story Published 11 months ago.

The Versatility of Port
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The first shipments of wine under the name Port were recorded in 1678. In 1756 the Port wine vineyards of the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, became the first vineyard area in the world to be legally demarcated. Here, indigenous varieties of grapes, including the Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão […]

Full Story Published 12 months ago.

2012 Pinot Days, Producer Interviews ? Part 3
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We continue with our visit to Pinot Days in San Francisco, from June 2012. We consider this to be one of the “must-go” wine festivals each year for wine lovers. Concentrating exclusively on Pinot Noir, there are over 150 individual producers and trade groups from overseas represented at Pinot Days event. Most wineries were from […]

Full Story Published 12 months ago.

Riesling from the Mosel ? with S.A. Prüm
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The Mosel is one of 13 German wine regions and takes its name from the Moselle River. Before August, 2007 the region was called Mosel-Saar-Ruwer after the eponymous three river valleys. While it is Germany’s third largest in terms of production, it is the leading region in terms of international prestige. Known for its steep […]

Full Story Published 12 months ago.

2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar ? Terroir: the Soul of La Côte d’Or, Part 2
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Want to learn more about Burgundy? Well, there’s a seminar for that! In fact, this is the 2nd of two parts. You’ll be pleased to hear that the 2013 World of Pinot Noir presented a very nice and detailed glimpse of the region that you’re bound to find informative. We’ve broken it into two parts […]

Full Story Published 13 months ago.

2013 World of Pinot Noir Seminar ? Terroir: the Soul of La Côte d’Or, Part 1
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Want to learn more about Burgundy? Well, there’s a seminar for that! You’ll be pleased to hear that the 2013 World of Pinot Noir presented a very nice and detailed glimpse of the region that you’re bound to find informative. So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan, CSS, CWE, and the lead instructor […]

Full Story Published 13 months ago.

Vineyards of Sonoma County ? with Hanna Winery & Vineyards
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‘All I want is a small place out in the country,’ is often how it begins. For Dr. Elias S. Hanna and family, what began in 1985 as a small getaway house/farm in the Russian River Valley, morphed into four vineyard locations. Beginning with 12 acres in the Russian River Valley purchased in the 1970s, […]

Full Story Published 13 months ago.