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  • Wine Cellar Vapor Barriers

    Once you’ve built your walls you’ll need to add a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier serves to prevent the cooled air from the cellar from leaking into the...


  • Wine Cellar Ceilings and Lighting

    Now that you’ve built your beautiful walls, don’t neglect your ceiling! It requires the same treatment that you walls did. Installing a vapor barrier...


  • Cellar Temperature

    Last week I began to take a look at cellar conditions -- the good, the bad, and the misinformed. I had written that article to include all the variables but...


  • Wine Words: The American Palate

    In wine circles, especially international wine circles, it's accepted as gospel that there is something casually referred to as the "American Palate."...


  • Wine Words: Dry Farming

    Most winemakers you meet will stress that wines are made in the vineyard, not the cellar. The truth is that good wines can be made in the cellar, but great...


  • Wine 101: Understanding Wine Labels 2

    Last week I began to tease out the information contained in one not-so-simple little sentence. It's a fairly typical example of a good, informative wine...


  • Wine 101: Understanding Wine Labels

    I love the back labels on wine bottles. Some are famously informative; Ridge Vineyards' labels, for example, offer a descriptive and virtually complete...


  • Wine 101: Corkage

    Corkage is sometimes a difficult game to play even though it seems to be pretty simple. The customer is granted the privilege, and it really is a privilege,...


  • Wine 101: Tasting Wine

    I believe wine captivates the mind so much because it's such a sensual drink. It offers up luxurious colors of the rainbow from ruby to gold, and all manner...


  • Wine 101: Understanding Wine Prices

    As a wine enthusiast, I get asked many questions. How do they get the chocolate in the bottle? Why is this bottle so much heavier than the others? What’s a...


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