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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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Posted in Wineries of Distinction

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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Posted in In the Cellar

Fascinating Winery Facts from Wines Vines Analytics

Back when I was a cub reporter for my hometown newspaper, covering high school baseball and football on the weekends, I knew that I was a “Figure Filbert.” That’s the nickname that was given to Ernest Lanigan, a reporter of

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Torii Mor: Wines True to the Land and the Climate

Perched high in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, Torii Mor Winery is a testament to the philosophy that premium quality, handcrafted Pinot Noir is best when it expresses individuality and the terroir from which it originates. Winemaker Jacques Tardy achieves

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

Where to Go for a Wine-Focused Thanksgiving

If you’re planning to take the year off from hosting the big Thanksgiving Day bash… or if you’re simply looking for an excuse to avoid Uncle Bill’s bad jokes… consider taking a trip to wine country. These days, “wine country”

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Posted in Wine Buzz

3 ‘Unusual’ Places to Enjoy a Glass of Wine

I’ve always said that “wine country” is where you find it. I’ve also said that it need not be limited to a beautiful valley of vine-covered hills. If you’re enjoying a glass of wine with a good meal or a

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Start Planning Now! 3 Great Getaways for Wine Lovers

I decided to stay home over the Labor Day weekend. Yes, it would have been nice to get away, but I decided that not having to deal with huge traffic jams could be considered a vacation in itself. Staying home

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Posted in Wine Buzz

How Did You Do in Our ‘Wine Numbers’ Quiz?

On Tuesday, we presented a numbers-focused wine quiz. In case you missed it, here’s how it worked: I assigned each number below a letter. Below that, I assigned each answer a number. Your job was to match up the letters

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How Much Do You Know About Wine Numbers?

The world of wine is brimming with numbers — sun days in the vineyard, tons on grape scales, milliliters in bottles, and on and on. It’s enough to drive a math-challenged person like your beloved wine blogger nuts. In the

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10 Wine Tidbits and Tips to Kick-Start the New Week

An African retreat with a 2,000-bottle wine tower, a gazpacho flavor enhancer, and a wine-focused cruise are three of the topics in today’s list of 10 wine tidbits and tips… 1. MUMM’S THE WORD — Reims is the capital of

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Posted in Editor's Journal, Wine Tips
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