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Making Sense of Wine’s Tween Years

By Evan Dawson Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Trying to navigate Piedmont by using GPS is like asking your high school Spanish teacher to translate street talk in the heart of San Juan. You’ll get some things right, some wrong, and you’re likely to eventually make an embarrassing mistake. And so [...]

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Made With Conviction: The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

By Kyle Schlachter Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine In 1886, two Benedictine monks from Pennsylvania moved to Breckenridge, Colorado. Other monks followed and in the ensuing years they moved to the Arkansas River Valley near the town of Cañon City. They founded the Holy Cross Abbey in 1924 as a summer [...]

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Before the Bubbles: the Secrets of Champagne’s Vins Clairs

By Caroline Henry Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine In my experience, vins clairs tastings are a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wine before the bubbles, and to imagine their development over time; they are a unique foray into the magical kingdom of champagne. Early in the life of [...]

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Putting Your Best Oak Forward: Diversity in the World of Barrels

by Remy Charest Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine If you’ve never put your nose inside a few well-wrought barrels, it may be hard to understand just how excited winemakers can become about oak – and also, just how varied the contribution of oak to the profile of a wine can be. [...]

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Top Ten Microbes in Your Wine

by Erika Szymanski Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Put your ear up to that glass of wine in your hand. Can you hear the tiny voices shouting, “Hey! How about some credit for us little guys down here?” From a certain point of view, winemakers don’t make wine; yeast and bacteria [...]

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The Man Who Washes the Grapes

by Elisabetta Tosi Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Faedo is a lovely village in Trentino, a typical little mountain village characterized by two churces and an ancient, mighty castle, Castel Monreale. This village is on the slopes above the Val d’Adige Valley and its climate is one of the most favorable [...]

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Spontaneous Fermentation: Bubble, Bubble, Less Toil, or Trouble?

by Erika Szymanski Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Open a refrigerator in the back of many wineries and you may find some leftover pizza, cheese and fruit for tomorrow evening’s mixer, and a few rectangular foil packages that look suspiciously like the bread-baking yeast you used for pizza dough last night. [...]

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Deirdre Heekin’s Bitter Alchemy

By Meg Houton Maker Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine “I am une garagiste, a woman who makes wine in her garage, and I am maître liquoriste. I am the would-be parfumeur. I am mistress of alchemy.” —Deirdre Heekin, Libation: A Bitter Alchemy Deirdre Heekin smiles a welcome as she hands us [...]

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