Laura Burgess

Brandy Has a Branding Problem

Brandy Has a Branding Problem

Most of the time, brandy is an afterthought. Or, it’s a cheap brown liquor that gets unceremoniously dumped into eggnog. Or, according to most people I asked, it’s what old guys drink with cigars. Brandy is currently engaged in a fight against its image, which until now has turned would-be connoisseurs away.

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Your Wine Was Probably Bottled in a Truck

Your Wine Was Probably Bottled in a Truck

Winemaking is a business surrounded by mystery and folklore. But when it comes to bottling, the intrigue disappears in favor of efficiency and cool gadgetry. Contrary to popular belief, most wineries don’t bottle their own wine. Instead, they rely on mobile bottling machines — otherwise known as the coolest wine technology you’ve never heard of.

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What Happens in a Winery in Spring

What Happens in a Winery in Spring

To the joy of Californians, spring is here on the West Coast! After months of intense rains, it’s getting green across the vineyards that blanket California, and worker bees are outside and humming. (To everyone still battling the arctic winds of the Midwest and Northeast, I’m sorry. Move West.) In the wineries that neighbor those […]

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4 Books That Will Make You a Wine Expert

4 Books That Will Make You a Wine Expert

While entire libraries can be filled with books about wine, the number of practical, accessible wine books could fit on a single shelf. Wine is undoubtedly a complicated subject, filled with complex chemistry, but the best wine books read more like novels, mixing practical winemaking information with stories that appeal to history buffs, foodies, even […]

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