Setting the stage for biodynamics in Southern Oregon at Troon Wines

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In Southern Oregon, in a small wine growing area called Applegate Valley, sits Troon Vineyard, and up and coming biodynamic star. Founded in 1972 by Dick Troon as a vineyard, it’s legacy is strong.  Recently, under new ownership, Troon has taken steps to convert fully to biodynamics and has been producing award winning wines to – read full article –

Vino de Pago – Spain’s highest level of quality wine with Arinzano

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Vino de Pago is Spain’s latest, and highest level of classification for wine. Based on the rules that govern the DOC system, Vino de Pago goes one step further and looks to the specific quality of the wine itself.  Looking to the production of these wines, all Vino de Pago must be estate grown, and – read full article –

The Elevation of Cava: Cava de Paraje Calificado

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Areas of Cava Production Late last year, the Cava de Paraje Calificado designation was signed in to reality when 12 qualified estates passed the rigorous debate and refinement process. First announced in 2016, this new designation elevates Cava that have a greater personality, more complexity and more expressive terroir – than other Cavas.  The intention – read full article –

Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore – The changing face of Prosecco

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When you think of Prosecco, most often, you probably think of the inexpensive fizz that is poured at brunch, with a bottomless mimosa, or as an everyday drink . I admit, I was no big fan of Prosecco before I experienced the journey I’m going to share with you.  Made in the bulk, or Charmat – read full article –

Von Winning – Winning wines from Pfalz

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  This sample was provided by Wines of Germany for consideration. There is something magical in the wines of Germany.  From pinot blanc, to the hidden gems of pinot noir, there is something for everyone.  This rich white, from the Pfalz region of Germany, is from a compact yet importnat area meandering through some of – read full article –

Cariñena of Aragon – A Queen of Spanish Wine

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While most people know of Rioja, and Cava, fewer people know of the secret delights of DOP Cariñena.  Cariñena is not only just a town, it’s a varital grape, an appellation, and a region.  Located in Aragón (yes, that Aragón), it sits just about halfway between Madrid and Barcelona in Spain’s northeast tip. It’s one of the – read full article –

Onward Wines

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When I was first introduced to Onward Wines, I was intrigued by the thought of three wines made from Malvasia Blanca, as I thought of how to approach a piece on unique wines for weekend brunching.  I love Malvasia, and there is really none to speak of in the US – save this little patch – read full article –

Achaval Ferrer

Achaval-Ferrer – wines of distinction from Argentina

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When you think of a classic wine from Argentina, you probably think of Malbec.  But would you also think of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and yes – even Merlot?  What exactly is Cabernet’s role in Argentina anyway? Enter the upstart minds of Achaval-Ferrer.  In 1995, the first twinkle in the eyes of the winery partners appeared, – read full article –

Rosé Colored Glasses: Sidebar Cellars

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  When I first tasted the Sidebar Cellars Kerner, from the Mokelumne Glen vineyard in Lodi, I thought to myself, “wow this is a fun little white”, as I sat in the heat of Lodi in April.  At that time, we were exploring the Mokelumne River AVA, and I didn’t make the connection to David Ramey of – read full article –

Rodney Strong Rosé

Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir – Looking through Rosé Colored Glasses

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There is something about this time of year that is magical; cool foggy mornings and evenings are tempered with the mild warmth of daylight.  The days are a touch longer, and we can be languid in the sunshine of the late afternoon. This is rosé season.  Frankly, it’s always rosé season, but right now, in – read full article –

Riesling Scale

Winesense, nonsense, Riesling sense!

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When I was studying for my Certified Specialist of Wine credential, one of the most challenging regions for me was Germany, and it’s Riesling wines.  Not because of the wines specifically, as while there are some unusual varietals, most German wines are fairly well known, but for the simple reason that deciphering a German wine – read full article –

AA Badenhorst – Swartland history in a glass

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If you ask the average person about South Africa, typically you will hear Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, and Pinotage.  If you ask a wine persona about South Africa, you are likely to hear Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc is a unique white wine, with origins in teh Loire Valley of France and is made is – read full article –

How Green was my Valley

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Driving along highway 116 in western Sonoma County, you may have driven by the former River Road Vineyards, now the Rubin Family Wines complex – a sprawling, aging wood complex including a restaurant and bar patio, as you head towards Forestville. This area of the Russian River Valley has been home to some of the – read full article –

On the Left Coast, we do things a little differently

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  Here on the Left Coast, we do things a little differently.  We may lean a little left, we may be innovative.  And we certainly approach wine with a creative verve. Left Coast Cellars has been making world class wines in the southern Willamette Valley of Oregon since 2003.  I was first introduced to Left – read full article –

Make the Holidays Sparkle with Franciacorta

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Nothing says festive like a bottle of sparkling wine.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Festivus, or any other holiday, we all love to ring in the new year with a sparkling libation.  This year, why not try Franciacorta? So named for the proximity of the region to Champagne’s home country of France, Franciacorta offers elegance, – read full article –