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Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France

by ANDREW JOHN CHALK

Jan 25 2015

by Andrew Chalk photos by Robert BostickWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to find…

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A Guide to Visiting "Sideways" Country

by Jerry Greenfield

Jan 14 2015

What's Up in Santa Barbara!byThe Wine Whisperer™You may recall that the hit movie "Sideways" chronicles the misadventures of two old college buddies who spend a week playing golf and drinking wine in the vineyard country west of Santa Barbara, about two hours north of Los Angeles. Since I had never…

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Following in Big Footprints – The Modern Grgich Hills Estate

by ANDREW JOHN CHALK

Jan 02 2015

by Andrew ChalkIn 1976, wine experts blind-tasted some of the most storied wines from France against similar styles from upstart California in. The mainly-French expert jury in what came to be known as The Judgement of Paris announced the California wines to be the winners. It was a shot heard…

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Wine with Vietnamese Cuisine

by Jess Andrenelli

Jan 01 2015

Many people do not associate Vietnamese food with wine but think again. First what makes Vietnamese food special? It’s those fragrant elements which play an important role in just about every dish in the Vietnamese cuisine canon. Each dish could really have its own bottled fragrance. L’eau de Pho would…

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Malolactic Fermentation: Hero or Zero?

by Sam Schmitt, CSW

Dec 19 2014

Malolactic fermentation is an often misunderstood technique in a winemaking. Most popularly associated with rich, buttery, and frequently over-oaked Chardonnay, many wine drinkers have inappropriately concluded that malolactic fermentation is a cheap wine making trick used by California Chardonnay producers to artificially fatten-up their wines. The truth, however, is that…

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Bordeaux Revisited

by Jerry Greenfield

Dec 15 2014

As we all know, Bordeaux is one of the world’s favorite winegrowing regions…and certainly one of the world’s most famous. Bordeaux, in the southwest corner of France, has historically produced wines of surpassing elegance and refinement. And expense.A lot has happened to the wines of Bordeaux in the last several…

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Wines of Piedmont: Giacomo Fenocchio and Adriano

by Maria Shultseva

Dec 05 2014

I really enjoy wine tasting events where you can meet the actual winemakers. Yes, terroir is important but so is a winemaker’s personality that shines through and gives wine character.  Recently, I’ve been lucky to meet winery owners from Barolo and Barbaresco, Piedmont’s most famous wine appellations. The cosy wine…

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Barolo vs Barbaresco in a nutshell

by Maria Shultseva

Nov 29 2014

Often referred to as the king and the queen of Italian wine, Barolo and Barbaresco are unquestionably two great wines. Both made of 100% Nebbiolo grapes and both classified as DOCG (the highest classification for wines in Italy) they are produced in communes that are less than ten miles apart.…

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