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Selling Armagnac to China: Worth Watching

by Becky Sue Epstein Originally posted in Palate Press: The online wine magazine When I was in the French region of Armagnac in December, everyone was all excited about selling Armagnac in China. As well they should be. While Armagnac is a beautiful, tawny, aromatic spirit with a long tradition, in recent decades it has [...]

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Les Vins de Vienne: Working the West Side, Thanks to Pliny

by W. Blake Gray Originally posted in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Pliny the Elder, the Roman author, was a fan of wines from the Rhône Valley. Something he wrote nearly 2,000 years ago struck winemaker Pierre Gaillard, a student of wine history, as a tip for finding something almost incredible today: unused Grand [...]

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Grand Cru Chablis

Grand Cru Chablis tasting, London by Richard M James Or “more posh Chablis” as an alternative title (that link subtly goes to a piece on my blog reviewing a few tasty Marks & Spencer Chablis back in December). I’ve selected my two or three favourites below from each of the 14 producers who aired their wares at [...]

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France, Roussillon: “dry Maury”

So, it comes to pass. A little common sense has arguably prevailed behind the creation of a new Cotes du  Roussillon Villages (CdRV) subzone for dry red wines, named after the village of Maury in the northern Roussillon echoing those already well-known Maury Vin Doux Naturel wines (VDN, sweet fortified Port-style reds); so this should be an [...]

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Craft Wine : What the Wine Industry Can Learn from Craft Beer

by Jules Van Cruysen Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine The wine market is crowded. There are thousands of wineries jumping up and down screaming, ‘ME, ME, ME!!!’, all trying to tell a story about what makes them different. It’s a story that wine buyers and potential customers are getting bored of. [...]

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Update on Flying Winemaker: Paul Hobbs in Argentina, France, and California

by Greg Horton Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine In 2011, winemaker Paul Hobbs oversaw the release of his new Cahors collaboration as well as the expansion of one of his American labels, CrossBarn Wines by Paul Hobbs. His schedule is brutal, but the chance to work in Cahors, the traditional region [...]

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A Look at Piemonte Esoterica, Or How I Fell In Love With Wine

by Talia Baiocchi Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine It started with Barolo. It was the first wine that made clear to me not only the sociological, cultural and historical relevance of wine—the way it can teach us about the humanity of a place and time—but also the way it helps us [...]

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Different Ways of Being Biodynamic: Five Winemakers’ Points of View

by Lesley Trites Originally Published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine “How do we farm in such a way that we actually contribute to the expression and the nature of our products?” asked Paul Dolan. This was one of the questions taken up by an all-star cast of winemakers from around the globe during [...]

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The Oldest Zinfandel of Amador County, Original Grandpere Vineyard

by Jules Van Cruysen Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine At 143 years of age, the Original Grandpere Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills is the oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard in California, and it still produces wines of high quality. Its history is closely linked with that of California wine, and with United [...]

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My quest to find the two best wines from Brazil

I’m pawing through wine bottles at a party. People around me are clinking glasses, smiling, chatting in French and Portuguese and Spanish, but I’m grimly grabbing one bottle after another. This was my quest to identify my second-favorite wine in Brazil. Admittedly it’s not exactly scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. I participated as a judge in the [...]

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