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How to Decode Red and White Rhone Blends

How to Decode Red and White Rhone Blends

Washington, Paso Robles, South Australia — despite having varying locations and topography, these New World wine regions all have something in common. All are billing themselves as the next big region to produce world-class Rhône blends. Now, at first glance, this might seem a bit confusing. The Rhône Valley is an actual place, located along a river […]

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How Winemakers Hedge Their Bets Against Mother Nature

How Winemakers Hedge Their Bets Against Mother Nature

For all the talk about hope, prayers, and rituals to inspire a good harvest, winemakers and vintners don’t rely soley on Mother Nature’s generosity when it comes to producing great wine every season. In fact, strategies abound for growers and winemakers to hedge their bets against nature’s potential wrath, and that’s a good thing for […]

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What Are Sweet Red Blends?

What Are Sweet Red Blends?

When it comes to sweet wine, there are numerous winemaking processes in which the wine can get its sweetness, from fortification to late-harvest picking to halting fermentation. The one thing that all bottles of sweet wine have in common is the presence of residual sugar, otherwise known as RS.

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Is Multi-Oak Barrel The Future Of Winemaking And The End Of Blending?

Is Multi-Oak Barrel The Future Of Winemaking And The End Of Blending?

Oak is the cilantro of winemaking: it’s divisive. Delicious and paramount to wine’s longevity for some; overused and a mask of terroir for others. Few winemaking topics create as much dissent as “proper” oak use. Opinions aside, not all oak is created equal, and a new type of barrel is emerging in wine, and it’s […]

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