Know Your Wine Bottle

Wine bottles are based on centuries of traditions. The wine trade is deeply beholden to those traditions. Even the largest multinational wine corporation (talking to you, Gallo) won’t mess this those …

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Bodegas Ego “Goru Gold” Red, Jumilla 1881 Napa 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oliviero Toscani “OT” Toscana Firriato “Chiaramonte” Nero d’Avola, Sicilia Buty Semillon Blend, Columbia Valley Raats “Unwooded” Chenin Blanc …

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Wine Gifts

Wine Books The Wine Bible, Second Edition by Karen MacNeil Back in 2000, the Wine Bible was a revelatory publication. It transcended the usual wine drivel; Karen offered real information in a …

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Wine Business 101

The wine business has unique traits without parallel in other markets. Wine is an agricultural product, but it’s also a lifestyle commodity; in some cases, wine bottles are collectible items, in …

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Wine Reviews

Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley This vintage is limited and extraordinary: they only produced about half the usual volume due to the 2017 fires near the winery: dark fruit …

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J Wilkes Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley This exemplifies the ever-evolving style of Central Coast Chardonnay. A deft balance of vibrant white fruit with decadent hazelnut creaminess. Apricot, cardamom, sea breeze, and …

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Wine Reviews

Hope Estate 2015 “The Ripper” Shiraz Hailing from Western Australia will give you the drunken power of seven wombats. Eh. Actually, this is a white-pepper-driven beauty with clear notes of cedar …

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