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For Many Winemakers, Concrete Is the Best of Both Worlds

For Many Winemakers, Concrete Is the Best of Both Worlds

For years, oak was the stamp of quality winemaking. Oaked reds were more likely to get top scores by wine critics in the 1980s; and by the 1990s, winemakers sought out ways to impart oak flavors using oak chips and shavings. But over the past decade, taste trends have shifted. That’s not to say that oak […]

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Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

A strip mall in Parker, Colorado — a quiet suburb of Denver — is about the last place you’d expect to find award-winning wines made with centuries-old technique. But that’s just what’s going on at Purgatory Cellars. Purgatory’s Marko and Ivanka Copic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in 2013, settling in Parker to be […]

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Wine Is a Terrible Investment Because It’s Never Really Liquid

Wine Is a Terrible Investment Because It’s Never Really Liquid

There’s nothing quite as bittersweet as drinking a wine, loving it, and then, over the subsequent years, seeing that wine get more and more expensive, to the point at which you simply can’t afford it anymore. On the one hand, you’re happy to have had the opportunity to drink the wine when it was still […]

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Winemakers Need to Think Big Instead of Chasing Trends in the Cellar

Winemakers Need to Think Big Instead of Chasing Trends in the Cellar

Ten years ago, if you traveled to any wine region and visited its cellars, you’d likely find a barrel hall stacked high with small oak barrels. Not anymore. Now you’ll find these small oak barrels, called barriques, alongside a variety of others. Even the most traditional cellars might also have a concrete egg or two, […]

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Three Reasons Why Life Is Better With Champagne Magnums

Three Reasons Why Life Is Better With Champagne Magnums

A few months into my first sommelier job, our wine director made a grand announcement during a pre-shift meeting: “Today launches our Champagne magnum by-the-glass happy hour.” The service team oohed and aahed, and I started having phantom pains from soon-to-be sore, magnum-pouring arms. I’m a proponent of more Champagne, always, but I was confused.

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Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

Understanding the Ritual of Decanting

Decanting isn’t just for the nobles on ”Downton Abbey” or pricey bottles in fancy restaurants.  Like many seemingly precious wine practices (aggressive swirling, audible sniffing), decanting has a practical explanation. The primary reason to decant any wine is aeration. By pouring wine into another vessel, the juice gets exposed to oxygen rapidly.

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8 Age-Worthy Wines for Under $60

8 Age-Worthy Wines for Under $60

There are certain occasions in life — moving in with a significant other, traveling to a foreign country, giving a wedding gift — that just cry out for a gorgeous bottle of wine. But unlike birthdays or anniversaries, these are occasions that call for a bottle you may not want to drink right away. The idea of […]

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