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Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc 2015

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc 2015

For almost four decades, Randall Grahm has been producing wines that are, in a word, intriguing. Knowing Grahm, the founder and self-proclaimed “president-for-life” of California’s Bonny Doon Vineyard, I think he would appreciate the description. Unlike many winemakers, Grahm, for better or worse, has never been particularly focused on critics’ scores or on making what […]

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Design Behind the Vine: How One Winery Is Making Wine Labels Personal

Design Behind the Vine: How One Winery Is Making Wine Labels Personal

This article and the Design Behind the Vine series is brought to you by Chateau Souverain. For the many lifetimes spent contemplating the lush liquid that goes inside the glass, remarkably little consideration has been paid to what’s happening directly outside of a wine bottle. It might seem trivial to a committed connoisseur, but the […]

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Your Ultimate Guide to Wines From Central and Eastern European Indigenous Grapes

Your Ultimate Guide to Wines From Central and Eastern European Indigenous Grapes

Be honest. When offered the choice between an unknown indigenous varietal wine whose name you’ve never heard spoken aloud, and something more recognizable like, say, a Pinot Noir, how many of us take a walk on the wild side? And how many stick to what we know? (Given the sales and production data, smart money’s […]

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We Asked 9 Somms: Is Natural Wine Overrated?

We Asked 9 Somms: Is Natural Wine Overrated?

It’s hard not to love the idea of natural wine. Fewer chemicals, less intervention, more environmentally friendly — nebulously defined “natural wines” hit a lot of touchstones for modern drinkers, especially sommeliers. Natural wines are usually small-production and usually come with a romantic story of a winemaker who has a deep connection with their biodynamic […]

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