• 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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  • 07

    A matter of taste

    In the words of the celebrated American author, Mark Twain: “One Holds a bottle of red wine by the neck, a woman by the waist, and a bottle of...

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  • 25

    The shape of wine

    Winemaking is an old art – it began even before any form of writing existed ever since a long forgotten tribe pressed grapes in a cave in the Caucasus...

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  • 08

    The forgotten matriarch of champagne – Madame Clicquot (1777-1866)

    If it wasn’t for Clicquot, we might still be drinking cloudy champagne! Veuve Clicquot is a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France primarily from the varietals...

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  • 13

    What a fiasco!

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word fiasco means “a complete failure, especially a ludicrous or a humiliating one”. It is a derivative of the Italian phrase fare...

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