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Auburn, CA 95603
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  • One has to be careful with Sekt... a few big companies like Henkels dominate ... Germany. But lots of small winemakers in Germany make great "traditional method" Sekt mostly out of Riesling. In Germany those are called "Winzersekt" (meaning they are made by small winemakers, not big companies). Those can be great values and show another amazin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...

  • To press or not to press? That is NOT the question. Rarely does anything in ... it is understandable how two winemakers with similar fruit from the same region can make radically different wines.Originally from Greer, South Carolina, Nova McCune Cadamatre moved to New York to pursue Horticulture after what began as a research paper on grapevin... Read More

    From the article Pressing Issues: Exploring a Small Portion of the Maze of Winemaking Decisions

  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...

  • Thanks for the detailed response.  I'll consider one from those winemakers when I next have the opportunity.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • California Chardonnay has gone through a transformation over the years. It was ... major changes happened: 1) Winemakers started using a heavy hand in techniques like full Malolactic fermentation. This process changed the tart malic acid to a silky / buttery lactic acid. 2) They also let the grapes hang longer to create more sugars. 3) Lastly,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Journey of the Chardonnay...

  • Al, some old school winemakers do it right and treat Zinfandel like it should be treated. Doug Nalle (Nalle), Joel Peterson (Ravenswood), Burt Williams (Williams-Selyem), Americo and David Rafanelli (A. Rafanelli), Paul Draper (Ridge Vineyards) etc know how to make wines of great purity and balance that age gracefully.  The secondary characteris... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • We had a white wine from Viserny last week. That's Viserny there in the ... not all farmers were good winemakers, and not all wine was good. But the decent stuff made its way to market via a new canal system that was navigable from Dijon to Paris and beyond.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vines in the Auxois Hills...

  • I have a theory. Easy to pronounce and easy to remember names help drive wine ... ... Delaunay of Languedoc winemakers Abbots & Delaunay a while ago when he proudly told me that he comes from a Burgundian winemaking family. I should have guessed; Chardonnay is the link to his Burgundian roots. In the Languedoc he’s searched out small, high al... Read More

    From the article The Languedoc's Sparkling Wine Secrets, Revealed

  • Al, I've tasted a little under two dozen different S. African wines (red ... I've read, S. African winemakers are supposedly stepping things up a notch, may have to keep the research goin Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • DM, thanks for the info!  We get out to Oregon a lot more often than NYC. ... is a fairly quiet time for winemakers and should be easier to schedule tasting Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

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