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  • Red Car Wine & the West Sonoma Coast

    Red Car Wine & the West Sonoma Coast

    "Going back five, seven or eight years ago, there was a feeling of a gold rush on the West Coast, a search for a Grand Cru site," said Carroll Kemp of Red Car Wine.  "The golden era of Napa had waned."  As a part of the second generation of vintners and winemakers to join the ranks of the true Wes...

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  • Forlorn Hope Les Deux Mathieux 2007

    Forlorn Hope Les Deux Mathieux 2007

    100% Petite Sirah guided through fermentation at the hands of Matthew Rorick, the Forlorn Hope Les Deux Mathieux is farmed at the Tenbrink Vineyard in Suisun Valley.  In time to warm the heart and palate this winter season, the 2007 vintage has just arrived and so last night we uncorked a bottle...

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  • Cécile Dusserre on the 2012 Vintage at Domaine de Montvac

    Cécile Dusserre on the 2012 Vintage at Domaine de Montvac

    Photo of Cécile Dusserre by Sylvie Fraissard "2012 was an exceptional year with respect to both the weather during the growing season and the resulting quality of the wines," writes Cécile Dusserre of Domaine de Montvac.  Committed to the purity of her wines and to the preservation o...

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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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  • Ermita San Felices Crianza Rioja 2008

    Ermita San Felices Crianza Rioja 2008

    Starting with the 2008 vintage of Ermita San Felices Crianza Rioja, Ermita has adopted a new label to unify their wines.  Paying tribute to those who came before him, Roberto Ijalba explained that the new label, with a single stone and surrounding filagree, brings visual consistency to their bot...

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  • Welcoming the Wines of Casa Marin

    Welcoming the Wines of Casa Marin

    "I knew this place since I was a child," said María Luz Marín, of her property on the Pacific coast, in the San Antonio Valley, "my father bought land near."  And though she had familial connections to the region, her path to becoming the first female Chilean winemaker and winery owner, was not ...

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  • Château des Rontets Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon 2009

    Château des Rontets Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon 2009

    Last night we opened a bottle of Château des Rontets Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon 2009, and it was singing a most harmonious and elegant tune.  Crafted by our good friends at Château des Rontets, the Clos Varambon is organically certified by Ecocert, fermented with natural yeasts in 6 to 8 year ...

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  • TEW on Extra Virgin with Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos

    TEW on Extra Virgin with Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos

    After two seasons of the Cooking Channel's Extra Virgin, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos moved from L.A. to Brooklyn for the start of season three.  A marriage between a native New York actress–of Entourage, Ugly Betty and Goodfellas fame–and a musician from Tuscany who learned the traditional wa...

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  • CoolVines

    CoolVines

    "I came to this as a consumer and as a frustrated wine lover," said Mark Censits, the proprietor at CoolVines in Westfield (and Princeton), New Jersey.  "I used to think, 'I'm a smart guy, why can't I figure this out?  How can I walk into a [wine] store and make a decision?'"  It was this feelin...

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  • Teutonic Pinot Meunier & the Road to Taste It

    Teutonic Pinot Meunier & the Road to Taste It

    Driving through Shasta National Park, five hours into an eleven hour road trip to Oregon from Northern California, I was on my way to visit Barnaby and Olga Tuttle at their rented garage space in Oregon City, Oregon. A far cry from the majestic Willamette Valley, the landscape supports more Chri...

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