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  • We've had a relationship with wine for several millennia and counting. This relationship has been documented in a number of ways, but so much has been lost to the ravages of time. Gaps in history leave wine culture open to interpretation, but with the dawn of modern media things have changed. Whether we like it or not, modern media will help us ... Read More

    From the article Wine in the Movies & on TV


  • Seems a little expansive to assume that you can choose everything unless your ... experience in picking grapes off the vine, popping them and judging for yourself. Then all you have to do is pay for them, sort, ferment, age (In whatever type you prefer. New, used, stainless, etc.), bottle and all that stuff and pay for all that.While it's exci... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine aroma


  • Yesterday we braved 104° temperatures in the Sonoma Valley to tour the iconic Pagani Ranch in Kenwood followed by dinner and some amazing wines. More in my next post. Read More

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  • Is there a service that allows making wine by yourself (in the long term perspective, of course)?I mean, the service that allows you to choose type of grapes, aroma and other characteristics? Or is it too complicated and expensive?If you could choose aroma of wine, which one would you chose? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine aroma


  • We met last night for our 2nd annual pre-HVS old vine offline at Pizzeria Rosso in Santa Rosa. It was a small crowd this year that turned even smaller when Larry and Lori were a last minute scratch due to the flu. Get well for today you two! Mike and Dana Stoneking, Mike Dildine (Fox remembers them from the last get-together) and myself likley s... Read More

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  • The Historic Vineyard Society is holding their annual vineyard tour and dinner today at Pagani Ranch in Kenwood. Last night a few of us got together for a pre-party at Pizzaria Rosso in Santa Rosa. I'll finish the report in the next post to avoid having all the pictures stuffed into the header. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another Old Vines and Pizza...


  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You need to drink a lot more Burgundy, and of the others I mentioned, too.  ;-)   Oregon's getting there but still on the road, not yet fully arrived IMHO, even if I enjoy many of theirs. Was writing on these boards about Soter and Drouhin, for example, last decade. I certainly comm... Read More

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.When you find a nice wine tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • News travels very fast in our hyper-digital age—sometimes too fast. Or maybe it’s not so much the speed of communication as the nature of the news itself. Here’s an example: In the fall and winter of 2014, articles, tweets and posts began circulating about the disastrous weather in Europe and the toll it was taking on European winegrowing areas.... Read More

    From the article Nebbiolo Grape News from the Source


  • One only has to look to Burgundy this spring to understand the ramifications of frost damage in vineyards. According to Chris Mercer of Decanter Magazine, it is being called “the worst frost for the region in the past 30 years”. Frost is among wine growers’ worst nightmares, the literal overnight death of thousands of fragile, baby shoots which ... Read More

    From the article When your wine grapes get frosty...


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