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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Robert Mondavi Winery

In the early days of the Robert Mondavi Winery, Michael, one of the sons of the founder, would do his best to slow down traffic — if you could even call it “traffic” back then — and try to get

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Bonobo: A Must-See Winery With Mario Batali Small Plates

The Mrs. and I will be staying at a wonderful B&B called the South Cliff Inn for four nights in early July, so stock up on the ingredients for those fabulous breakfast pastries and casseroles, Mr. Swisher! The inn is

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Beckham Estate Vineyard: Amphorae for a New Age

In ancient times, large clay amphorae were the aging vessels of choice for wine. Now, Andrew Beckham has brought that tradition back to life, using amphorae that he sculpts himself to age wines at Beckham Estate Vineyard in Sherwood, Ore.,

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Shafer Vineyards: A Star of the Stags Leap District

Shafer Vineyards traces its beginnings to 1972 when John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry and, with his family, moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. It was the lure of wine

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Palmina: A Focus on Wine and the Plate

Palmina is more than a winery. It’s a philosophy, a passion and a strongly held belief that wine is an extension of the plate, a component of a meal and a means to bring people together. Formed by winemaker Steve

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William Knuttel: A Career of Outstanding Wines

“Wines of intensity and finesse.” That’s the slogan embraced by the William Knuttel winery, which somehow manages to meld those seemingly disparate qualities in its various wines. Veteran California vintner William Knuttel has concentrated on ultra-premium winemaking for the majority

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Working from the Heart: The Story of Mollydooker

When a winery called Mollydooker made a Shiraz wine called “Carnival of Love” that landed the No. 2 position on Wine Spectator magazine’s “Top 100” list for 2014, it was impossible to ignore. So, we decided to track down the

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Grassini Family Vineyards: A Jewel of Happy Canyon

“Instead of joining the rest of the family at church on Sundays, my grandfather, Articondo Grassini… was more religious about keeping a garden,” recalls Larry Grassini, who owns Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery with his wife, Sharon. “He’d stay home

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Sonoma-Cutrer: Superstar of California Chardonnay

The first time I visited the Sonoma-Cutrer winery back in the late 1980s, the main impression I came away with had to do with the lawn. It was a gorgeous lawn. A green lawn. A manicured lawn. A big lawn.

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Duckhorn Purchases the Vineyard It Made Famous

This blog should perhaps be archived under “Vineyards of Distinction,” rather than “Wineries of Distinction.” But the vineyard and the winery have been intertwined for decades — and, now, their relationship has become even closer. In May, Duckhorn Wine Company

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