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Priorat …Olé, Olé, Olé !
By Emmie Turan / August 10, 2021

Priorat …Olé, Olé, Olé !

Voluptuous flamenco dancers in vibrantly colored costumes, complete with their rhythm setting castanets; fiercely handsome matadors; savory tapas; exotic architecture,...

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Winemaking in Turkey – the best man for the job is a woman!
By Emmie Turan / January 27, 2021

Winemaking in Turkey – the best man for the job is a woman!

Turkey is a country of dichotomies” – so said my academic advisor in graduate school, many years ago.  Each time...

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Life can be sweet
By Emmie Turan / October 15, 2020

Life can be sweet

The phrase “sweet wine” often connotes the name Sauternes.  This delicately sweet wine, produced in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux,...

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Chips and grapes: the eclectic heritage of the Santa Clara Valley
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By Emmie Turan / September 16, 2020

Chips and grapes: the eclectic heritage of the Santa Clara Valley

Silicon Valley is arguably one of the most renowned places in the world. It owes its claim to fame as...

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Fruit wines – a chance encounter
By Emmie Turan / February 1, 2020

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...

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What?! No state grape?!
By Emmie Turan / January 30, 2020

What?! No state grape?!

Californians are proud of their state symbols. Take for example, the official state flower – the California Poppy – an...

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A brief history of California wine
By Emmie Turan / December 15, 2019

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...

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Time to pick?
By Emmie Turan / November 14, 2019

Time to pick?

Our favorite wines undertake a protracted, and somewhat arduous progress from the vine to the family table. The journey is...

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Climate drives change – beware France, the English are doing wine
By Emmie Turan / October 9, 2019

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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Prohibition- thirteen year hiatus
By Emmie Turan / September 16, 2019

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...

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