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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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By Emmie Turan / August 9, 2019

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...

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By Emmie Turan / July 14, 2019

Au Naturel?

These days, popular opinion on wine making is as divided as the political landscape with passionate proponents of “natural wine”...

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Hand made sketch grape fields and vineyards.
By Emmie Turan / June 3, 2019

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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By Emmie Turan / April 19, 2019

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...

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By Emmie Turan / March 7, 2019

A matter of taste

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

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Amphora
By Emmie Turan / February 25, 2019

The shape of wine

Winemaking is an old art – it began even before any form of writing existed ever since a long forgotten...

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By Emmie Turan / February 8, 2019

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...

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By Emmie Turan / January 13, 2019

What a fiasco!

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word fiasco means “a complete failure, especially a ludicrous or a humiliating one”....

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