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  • Returning to California's Roots with Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope

    Returning to California's Roots with Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope

    Illustration from The Wine Press and The Cellar, A Manual for the Winemaker and the Cellar Man After graduating from UC Davis, Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope Wines, made wine for clients and realized that he wasn't making wines that he wanted to drink.  "Everything I was excited about came fr...

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  • Sherry Cocktails & Fresh Fino

    Sherry Cocktails & Fresh Fino

    As the "ultimate natural wine" Sherry fits perfectly into our summer cocktail program, because nothing better encapsulates a summer's ocean breeze than fresh Manzanilla or Fino.  "Flor is like plankton," said André Tamers of De Maison Selections, "the closer you are to the Atlantic, the more vig...

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  • Mauritson White Zin

    Mauritson White Zin

    Pioneers in the Rockpile AVA long before it existed, the Mauritson family first planted vines on the Rockpile valley floor in 1884, when their great-great-great grandfather shipped all of his wine back to Sweden.  Nowadays, after six generations of farming, Mauritson Wines is at it again, breaki...

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  • Tejay van Garderen at the Tour of California

    Tejay van Garderen at the Tour of California

    Tejay van Garderen on the podium at the Tour of California 2013, with his daughter Rylan Last week, the St. Helena Star posted an article titled, "My Turn: The Mark of a True Champion" by David Stoneberg, a piece that directly linked our friends Teresa D'Aurizio and Dustin Moilanen of ZD Wines, wit...

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  • Dominio do Bibei – "The Grand Experiment"

    Dominio do Bibei – "The Grand Experiment"

    The vineyards at Dominio do Bibei The following post was written by Danielle Hilty, who recently returned from Camp De Maison in Galicia. Thanks Danielle! (Photos by Paul Dangel) ... If Ribera Sacra is generally a labor of love, then Dominio do Bibei is an undertaking of immeasurable de...

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  • Stephen Ross Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2011

    Stephen Ross Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2011

    From the Olsen Ranch in Santa Lucia Highlands, Stephen Ross crafts this hand-harvested Pinot Noir.  "It's a very moderate area," said Paula Dooley, Stephen's business partner and wife.  "The region is best suited for cool weather varietals and we are blessed with consistent weather." As a small, f...

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  • In Bandol with Domaine la Suffrene

    In Bandol with Domaine la Suffrene

    Joe & Patrick in the vineyard with Cedric Gravier "We used to say that rosé wasn't a real wine, but now it is," said Cedric Gravier, the winegrower and proprietor at Domaine la Suffrene.  In 2003/2004, the production of rosé wines in Bandol surpassed that of red, and currently rosé now to...

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  • Team Amanti Vino Rides the NJ Highlands Gran Fondo

    Team Amanti Vino Rides the NJ Highlands Gran Fondo

    Team Amanti Vino at the finish line This past Sunday, Team Amanti Vino rode the 60 mile NJ Highlands Gran Fondo.  Training and riding with Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vino, Terence and Mark– our NJ sales reps–climbed 4,820 feet in 58 miles, but at least their day was sunny and warm, much unlike our ex...

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  • In the Vineyard at La Ferme St Pierre in Côte de Ventoux

    In the Vineyard at La Ferme St Pierre in Côte de Ventoux

    Paul Vendran of La Ferme St Pierre, in the vineyard "With French oak, it seems that more barrels are being made than trees," said Paul Vendran, the winegrower/proprietor at La Ferme St Pierre in Côte de Ventoux.  "At least with American oak, you know what you're getting," he added.  "Bordeaux...

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  • Camp De Maison in Galicia

    Camp De Maison in Galicia

    Viña Caneiro at D. Ventura in Ribeira Sacra Danielle recently returned from De Maison Selections's Galicia Camp, which she photographed and writes about here. Thanks Danielle! ..... This year’s De Maison Camp ventured to Galicia where I expected to drink crisp Albarino after rappelling ...

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