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Intense, Complex, Balanced Wines Expected from Monterey County

Save for a few almost raisin-like grapes clinging to vines in a handful of cold-climate regions — earmarked for sweet dessert wines — the wine grape harvest for 2015 is over in the Northern Hemisphere. The grapes have been crushed,

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Joseph Phelps: A Fond Farewell to a Napa Valley Legend

I never met Joseph Phelps, but I felt like I knew him. Phelps died on April 15. He was 87. Like Robert Mondavi and a handful of others, Phelps was a pioneer in the Napa Valley. Like Mondavi and his

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Posted in Editor's Journal

A Passion for Pinot Noir

More than any other variety, Pinot Noir transforms perfectly normal winemakers into seemingly obsessed craftsmen and craftswomen. It doesn’t happen with Cabernet Sauvignon, nor with Merlot, nor Sangiovese. Makers of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc rarely are candidates for

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Posted in Wine in the Glass
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