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You Can Learn a Lot from a Wine Label

Sometimes looking at a wine label, especially one from Europe, can be like trying to understand a foreign language — in many cases, literally. But if you know what to look for on a label, you can learn a lot

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Declaration of Independence

Wine has long been a source of great joy in our lives and is our choice of drink for bringing together family and friends and for making new ones.  We are committed to a world where more people enjoy wine

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Seeing Red: A Varietal Struggle in Ribera del Duero

A great deal of red tape must be cut through to make possible the making of white wines in the Ribera del Duero growing region of Spain. But, according to this report from Decanter, that process has begun. To clarify,

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No More Grapevines for the Santa Monica Mountains

The California wine industry traces its beginnings not to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley, but rather to Southern California. Long before the North Coast region emerged as a worldwide wine leader, wineries dotted the landscape in Los Angeles and the

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No. 1 in Wine Consumption… But for How Long?

Simply by virtue of its sheer size and massive population, the United States leads the world in consumption of a lot of things. But through the years, France has led the U.S. — and all other nations — in wine

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Yet Another Wente Will Chair Wine Institute

As is the case with most industries, the wine industry has a trade organization that provides an array of services to its members — in this case, wineries. Such groups are important not only to the businesses they serve, but

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Everywhere (Almost) You Look in California: Grapevines!

Grapevines are growing over more and more of California, as farmers add to their grape acreage. That’s the word from the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA, which recently issued its California grapevine report for 2013.

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Michigan Lawmakers Make a Welcome Decision for Wine Lovers

For more than 10 years, I’ve made an annual trek to the community of St. Joseph in southwestern Michigan for an concert dubbed “Smooth Jazz at Sunset.” As I noted in this blog, the South Cliff Inn makes a comfortable

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Russian River Grape Growers Face a Year With Much Less Water

Grapevines don’t need as much water as many other plants in order to produce fruit. In fact, in the Tasting Notes we write for the selections featured by the wine clubs of Vinesse, we often talk about how “stressed vines”

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An Original ‘Rhone Ranger’ to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The man who brought a little bit of Chateauneuf du Pape to California will soon be honored by the organization spawned by his efforts in the vineyard and skills in the cellar. On April 5, the Rhone Rangers organization will

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