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Wines for Beginners

For those of us in the wine trade, it’s hard to remember what it felt like to be a beginner. The nerves. The uncertainty. The fear of being judged.Being new to …

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Spanish Wine Regions

It is no secret that Spain has a lush terroir, bringing us the world’s most exciting cultivars and high-quality wine. As a result, Spain is now known for being one of …

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Domaine les Evigneaux 2015 Rasteau

The Algeria ConnectionAlgeria was once a part of the French Empire, and a lot of wine was grown there. When the country declared its independence, most of the winemakers headed to …

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Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Vertical VintagesAt least once a quarter, I pop open this wine to introduce our students to the Cotes du Rhone region of France.  Vintage after vintage,  this has been a go-to bottle.   …

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Twelftree Wines 2011 Grenache Mataro

Twelftree Wines 2011 Grenache/Mataro

This is a side project for Michael Twelftree, Australia’s Two Hands Winery owner, and a fantastic find in the PLCB system. The wine is sourced from two old vineyards in Barossa: …

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Vall Llach 2009 “Idus” Priorat

Wine Review: Vall Llach 2009 “Idus” PrioratOn the nose, a giant whiff of wild fennel and fig confit. The palate is bursting with black fruit with sweet vanilla and balsamic. A …

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