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Wine Cuvees of Distinction: The Art of the Blend

Much like 3D technology can enhance the experience of watching a movie, when a vintner uses more than one grape variety, it can enhance the experience of drinking a wine. Filmmaking and winemaking both are art forms, and the techniques

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Protect Your Wine from Heat and Sunlight

Temperatures reached into the mid-90s in Los Angeles and Phoenix, and well into the 80s in parts of the South and East Coast, yesterday. Autumn may be here, but summer refuses to go away completely. If you live in one

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You Can Learn a Lot (and Have Fun) With a ‘Vertical Tasting’

“I can’t believe how much she’s grown!” If you’re a parent, think back to when your child was 3 years old… and then 4… and then 5. (You probably don’t have to do much thinking. Chances are you have lots

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5 Tips for Your Tasting Room Visit

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which means summer is right around the corner. And that means tasting rooms at wineries across the country will be buzzing. If you’re not familiar with the tasting room experience… or even if you

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Use of Yeast in Winemaking Is Getting Wild

For many years, a group of California winemakers have been practicing a technique known as “indigenous yeast” fermentation and making consistently excellent wine. Why, all of a sudden, has this technique become a buzzword in the wine press and why

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A Lesson Learned in the Pacific Northwest: All Great Wines Begin in the Vineyard

There are certain grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon (among reds) and Chardonnay (among whites) that take well to barrel fermentation. There are others, such as Riesling, that would have their aromas and flavors obliterated by exposure to oak, and

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In a Blend, Every Component Counts

Blending wine is part science and part art. But don’t ask us to attach percentages to those parts; that would be pure conjecture. The scientific aspect involves pairing only varieties that complement one another structurally. Determining how much of this,

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How to Chill a Bottle of Wine

We are just 16 days away from the summer solstice, which marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. To be precise, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, summer 2015 will begin on June 21 at 12:38 p.m. Eastern.

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2 Schools of Thought on Filtering Wine

One of the most common practices in winemaking comes very near the end of the process. It’s called filtering, and it has both supporters and detractors in the vintner community. Filtering is one of the tools in a winemaker’s tool

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The Chardonnay Style for Turkey Day

There are several varieties of wine that are immediately identifiable when you swirl, sniff and taste them. Chardonnay is not among them. More than any other “major” variety, Chardonnay assumes the personality of the winemaker. During the 1980s, California Chardonnay

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