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Swiss Wines

The people of Switzerland have so much love for their wine that they only export a small portion of it. The question is whether this is by design or lack of …

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Lake County Wines

It Nevers Snows In Lake County“It never snows in Lake County.” That’s what we were told by the person working at a Lake County winery. We had come to Napa/Sonoma for …

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Are Old Vine Wines Worth the Money?

Wines can get better with age. Do vineyards?The term “old vine” is one of the last unregulated terms that you’re likely to see on a wine label. Though I’ve never found …

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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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Total Wine’s Top Wino is in Congress

In 2015, Maryland’s 8th Congressional District race had a new candidate, David Trone, co-founder of Total Wine & More, started his ascent into politics. It took him another four years, but …

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Top Rosé Wines

Villa Des Anges “Old Vines” Rosé, Pays d’Oc Here’s a pretty little folly from winemaker Jeff Carrel of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Bright and wild strawberries on the nose, with a plume of …

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California Wines Reviews

Terlato “Devil’s Peak” Cabernet Franc, Pope ValleyThe wine is bright, ruby, and shows no bricking with medium color concentration, no sediment, and medium-minus viscosity. Aromas of blueberry, smoke, and hints of …

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Nine Great Wines

Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso UmbriaA beautiful and modern Umbrian red. 70% Sangiovese with equal parts Merlot and Sagrantino in the blend.Borgo Scopeto Chianti ClassicoA classy leather-bound Sangiovese with crisp red fruit …

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Decibel Wines

A Philly boy goes to wine school, moves to New Zealand, and becomes a winemaker. Philly’s own Danny Brennan started as a Philly bartender and ended up as a bad-ass winemaker …

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South American Wines

Where did you first discover the wines of South America? For me, it was years ago (2004, to be more or less precise) when the Wine School hosted a charity wine …

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Future of Australia Wines

What with their over-reliance on mass-marketing lower-end products (damned critter wines!); and, of course, they are relying heavily on those high ratings that Robert Parker so lovingly gave to those big …

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