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Judgment of Paris No Clear-Cut Decision | Wine News & Features

Judgment of Paris No Clear-Cut Decision | Wine News & Features

  © Wikimedia Commons | Was the Judgment of Paris really such a hands-down victory for California? With the 40th anniversary celebrations over, Claire Adamson runs a more critical eye over the actual scores. Posted Wednesday, 25-Jan-2017  It’s practically written into the annals of time at this point. A young English wine merchant organizes a […]

Custom Crush May Be Just the Option You Are Looking for To Get into The Wine Business

Custom Crush May Be Just the Option You Are Looking for To Get into The Wine Business

A few years ago, a friend decided he wanted to put out a wine under his own label. His strategy was to test the markets reception and then decide whether to sell the wine in the future. His wine was a chardonnay named after his wife. He randomly contacted a custom crush facility in Napa […]

Winery Tour of Mendoza-January 2017

Winery Tour of Mendoza-January 2017

SAVE THE DATE! SEE It Here:  https://www.catalogmachine.com/winetour/catalogs/image-of-wine-catalog.html LATE JAN 2017—Tango and Wine 9 DAY–LUXURY ARGENTINA WINE EXPERIENCE Quite luxurious! Highlights 2 Nights DELUXE Buenos Aires Hotel – Palacio Duhai ( plus early check-in for your convenience) 5 Nights LUXURY Mendoza Hotel – Cavas Wine Lodge Small Group Experience (just 12-18 people) Private Individual transfers upon […]

Dreaming of making your own premium wine?

Dreaming of making your own premium wine?

Most wine enthusiasts either secretly or openly harbor a fantasy of producing that perfect 100-point wine that pairs beautifully with their favorite foods or can stand on its own for casual sipping with friends.  It might be a red or a white, made from your favorite varietal, and it can make your taste buds explode […]

New AVA in Sonoma Valley-Moon Mountain AVA

New AVA in Sonoma Valley-Moon Mountain AVA

On October 1, 2013 the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) that regulates issues of wine, just announced the designation of a specific area in Sonoma County, CA (which lies within the Sonoma Valley AVA) as its own AVA (I guess that would make it a sub AVA). In total there are now […]

If A Winery Wants or Needs To Adjust Alcohol Levels In Their Wine-Spinning Cone Is A Solution

Anthony Dann-CEO This is an article about a company called ConeTech and its founder, Mr. Anthony Dann.   What ConeTech does is adjust the alcohol level in wine without compromising aromas and taste.  But, let me take a step back; please bear with me because I am a fan of “adjusting alcohol levels in wine” in […]

A Legend To Rival All-James Barrett

A Legend To Rival All-James Barrett

This past few months has been tough. A friend of mine died in a car accident in Wine Country in December. Mark Heinemann was a great guy with a willing heart to help out. He worked for Demptos Cooperage and knew more about wine barrels than I could get my head around. And he knew […]

A Master Sommelier or Masters of Wine Are Important To Better Understand Wine

Can you explain what a Master Sommelier (MS) or Master of Wine (MW) means to wine lovers?  If you have a cursory understanding of what a MS and MW designation means in the world of wine, but certainly not enough to be conversant, let’s take a look at this topic. In wine, a person with […]

The Flower on a Grapevine Starts the Grape…Ever See the Flower?

The Flower on a Grapevine Starts the Grape…Ever See the Flower?

Here is a question I am sure you have asked yourself: Grapevines Have Flowers? The answer from Richard Tustain of New Zealand and Stefen Stolysiak of Rodney Strong Vineyards is a strong-yes. Brace yourself for a discussion of the birds and bees. Although you may have never seen it, every grape does start with a flower, […]

Sonoma Is a Great Place For Small Luxury Meetings Too!

Sonoma Is a Great Place For Small Luxury Meetings Too!

Wine Country to me has always been defined as Napa and Sonoma Counties.  People in the wine business and the hospitality business are always quick to point out there is no competitive rancor between the two markets. In a nutshell I would say that Napa (being about half the size of Sonoma) is more commercialized, more […]