For Some Wine Growers to Stay Small, Scaling Up Production Is the Only Option

For Some Wine Growers to Stay Small, Scaling Up Production Is the Only Option

It was dim, quiet, and cool in the subterranean cellar, a refreshing change from the blazing sun glinting off the Mosel River outside. We walked slowly through never-ending rows of tanks, our footsteps clicking along gleaming cement floors. Instead of flickering candles, fluorescent beams lit our path. Glistening metal lined the walls, and not an […]

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Every Wine Lover Should Have a Wine Cave

Every Wine Lover Should Have a Wine Cave

Mysterious underground lairs are perhaps best known for housing bats and crime-fighting operations, but for wine enthusiasts, they offer more than a literal and figurative cool factor. Subterranean storage is far superior to climate-controlled warehouses and specialty refrigerators for caching bottles from harvest to consumption.

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Stop Hating on Chardonnay and Find a Bottle You’ll Love

Stop Hating on Chardonnay and Find a Bottle You’ll Love

Poor, poor Chardonnay. Despite being the grape behind the world’s most coveted wines — Champagne and Burgundy — it’s also the most maligned vitis vinifera variety on the planet. It’s even more maligned than Merlot. In my mind, the ABC or “Anything But Chardonnay”school of wine-drinking isn’t just silly, it’s downright wrong. Though American store shelves […]

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Q&A: 4 Winemakers Talk to Us All About Terroir

Q&A: 4 Winemakers Talk to Us All About Terroir

What is it that makes wine so special? If you ask collectors, sommeliers, and winemakers, it isn’t the alcohol. It’s terroir, the unique elements of a place that are smell-able and taste-able in the finished wines. I caught up with four winemakers to discover what they think really matters. Just as their winemaking styles differ, […]

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Getting Outside Napa: Why California Is Perfect for Viticulture

Getting Outside Napa: Why California Is Perfect for Viticulture

California isn’t all beaches and movie stars. It’s actually much more wine country and mountains. While Napa and Sonoma steal most of the winemaking spotlight, the entire state is essentially blanketed with successful vineyards. Despite local variations in weather, climate, and soil types, the Golden State is essentially designed for viticulture, thanks to its one-of-a-kind combination […]

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