• 01

    Fruit wines – a chance encounter

    On a recent trip to Scotland, wanting to explore a few more cities besides Edinburgh, I took a drive up north without a specific plan in mind. The two...

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  • 30

    What?! No state grape?!

    Californians are proud of their state symbols. Take for example, the official state flower – the California Poppy – an ornamental plant with its cup shaped flowers in bright...

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  • 15

    A brief history of California wine

    The origins of wine in the Golden State dates to the mid 18th century when Spanish missionaries arrived in California and established their missions. Each mission was planted with...

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  • 14

    Time to pick?

    Our favorite wines undertake a protracted, and somewhat arduous progress from the vine to the family table. The journey is punctuated by a series of often crucial decision points...

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  • 09

    Climate drives change – beware France, the English are doing wine

    “In victory you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.”
    Napoleon Bonaparte

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  • 16

    Prohibition- thirteen year hiatus

    In a popular World War 1 song, “The Alcoholic Blues”, a veteran laments: “I wouldn’t mind to live forever in a trench, if my daily thirst they let me...

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  • 09

    Put a lid on it!

    Cork has been the preferred choice of vintners to seal bottles ever since they started using glass to store their wine back in the 1400s. The time-tested stopper is...

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  • 14

    Au naturel?

    These days, popular opinion on wine making is as divided as the political landscape with passionate proponents of “natural wine” versus “modern wine”. The polarization between the two sides...

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  • 03

    It’s not just about the soil…

    Terroir, derivative of the medieval word terratorium, simply means land and or region in French. In winemakers’ parlance, however, it...

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  • 19

    Italian wines rekindle their California heritage

    French immigration to California predated any substantial influx of Italians to the State. Following the turmoil of the French Revolution in 1789, a substantial French exodus took place in...

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