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  • Steve Matthiasson & the New Wave of California Wines, Part I

    Steve Matthiasson & the New Wave of California Wines, Part I

    "It is like the indie rock of the early 80's," said Steve Matthiasson, in reference to the collective sigh away from the big wines that had come to define California.  After 15 years of Parker dominance, there emerged a "new wave" of young winemakers–Dan Petroski, Gram Tatomer, Matthew Rorick, A...

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  • VHR and the Art of Orchestrating the Seven Block Toolbox

    VHR and the Art of Orchestrating the Seven Block Toolbox

    Bruce Philipps on building the character of the vineyard: "Each generation in my family has had the opportunity to rule one block," said Bruce of Block 3, "and this one is mine."  Planted in 2000, Block 3 is nearing maturity and just now coming into its own.  "Over periods of time, bloc...

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  • VHR–2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Inaugural Vintage

    VHR–2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Inaugural Vintage

    On Friday morning, Bruce Phillips and Francoise Peschon, of VHR, or Vine Hill Ranch, in Oakville, Napa Valley, came by Studio TEW for a visit.  Here to debut their inaugural vintage–the VHR Cabernet Sauvignon 2008–Bruce discussed the inspiration for the wine, along with the history and tran...

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