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The Water and Your Wine

Galileo once said “Wine is water, held together by sunlight.” With all the record rainfall that NY has been getting this year, it’s been impossible not to think about how water affects wine quality.  Too much or too little can significantly impact the way a harvest will develop.  Since the largest chemical component of wine is also water, Galileo was not that far off in his estimation. Nearly all of the main physiological functions of the vine depend on water for healthy growth.  During transpiration, which is the breathing mechanism of the vine, water is pulled from the soil by the roots, transported it up the plant through the part of the vascular system (think of it like the blood vessels of a plant) called Xylem, and it is released out through the stomata, which are openings on the ...

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It's not all about Zinfandel.

Zinfandel lovers unite in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Eno-tourists are anxious to visit the area known to some as the Zinfandel grape’s spiritual home. But please, don’t come for the Zinfandel alone...

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The Many Sides of German Wine

This past spring I took my very first wine trip to Germany. Before I took off, I did a bit of homework: There are thirteen regions (Anbaugebiete) for quality wine production in Germany: Ahr, Baden,...

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Wine Grapes in the Spotlight

Today we’re profiling a wine grape of true substance. It’s an undisputed champion of depth in terms of both color and fruit. This grape gives new meaning to the word “inky” while retaining a grace ...

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Summer Rose for Fall & Winter Pairings

Sep 1 at 12:00am
Have you been drowning in rosé? For most of us it’s a summertime guarantee. Gratefully, the majority of rosé have something unique to share. Endless combinations of grapes, production methods, clim... Read More »

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The Last Wines of Summer

Aug 17 at 12:00am
Apples, gourds, and snifters of port are right around the corner. Let’s cherish the last bits of summer before they’re all gone. Here are four choice picks, all under fifteen dollars, from some of ... Read More »

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Spanish Wines in the Shadows

Aug 17 at 12:00am
Navarra may sound like a dusty desert town in an old Western movie but in reality it’s a little known wine region that’s been overshadowed by Rioja, its illustrious neighbour in northern Spain, for... Read More »

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It's Time to Rethink Cava

Aug 11 at 12:00am
What comes to mind when I say Cava? Perhaps your initial thoughts are inexpensive and great for mimosas or other sparkling cocktails. Cava has suffered a bit of an identity crisis. Though sales are... Read More »

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The Future of Emilio Moro

Aug 4 at 12:00am
You already know and adore Emilio Moro. This winery is the jewel of Ribera del Duero. The Moro family, now four generations deep into winemaking, is known for expertly crafted Tinto Fino (a grape ... Read More »

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The Future of New Zealand Wine

Aug 4 at 12:00am
The future of New Zealand wine is strong – both through local sales and, increasingly, export. International trade in wine remains highly competitive, market and margin-driven, and is always subjec... Read More »

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Expert Reveals German Wine Secrets

Jul 31 at 12:00am
It’s no secret that we love German wines, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Germany is well known for superior winemaking, perfectly evolved grape varieties, and of course terroir. Tragi... Read More »

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This wine region is making waves.

Jul 14 at 12:00am
This region may have a section at your local retailer, but perhaps you haven’t noticed it yet. Then again, the wines may appear in the catchall “Wines of the World” section, where they are hidden g... Read More »

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Spanish Wines Get Specific

Jul 14 at 12:00am
As the world’s winemakers look to single vineyard wines to mark them out from the crowd, a trip through southern Spain with the Grandes Pagos de Espana took one-up-manship to a different level. Gra... Read More »

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What it means to be a wine icon.

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