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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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Washington’s Frontier Winemakers Are Forging the Next Willamette Valley

Washington’s Frontier Winemakers Are Forging the Next Willamette Valley

Underwood Mountain rises into view on the Washington side of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic landscapes: the Columbia River Gorge, a playground for windsurfers, hikers, skiers, and those in search of one of the prettiest drives in America. If Thane Hawkins has his way, this mountain and gorge will soon be as big […]

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Saget La Perrière’s Arnaud Saget Loves Rooftops, Would Marry Chenin Blanc In A Heartbeat

Saget La Perrière’s Arnaud Saget Loves Rooftops, Would Marry Chenin Blanc In A Heartbeat

A family born into winemakers, Jean-Louis Saget started Saget La Perrière with a stacked team of specialists to produce some amazing wine. This once simple, family project is now a major staple of France’s Loire Valley, showcasing the terroir and diversity across their 890 acres of vineyards.

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Clairette Is the Southern Rhône’s Next Big Thing

Clairette Is the Southern Rhône’s Next Big Thing

White wines comprise just 6 percent  of the Rhone’s production. For now. The Rhône Valley’s red wines currently make up a huge market share, but winemakers in some southern Rhône appellations are opting to tear out red grape vines in favor of a once-declining, scarcely-planted white grape: Clairette. Why are southern Rhône winemakers falling head over […]

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Private Vines and the Rise of After-Hours Winemaking

Private Vines and the Rise of After-Hours Winemaking

Winemaker by day, winemaker by night? For entrepreneurial grape masters, one label isn’t always enough. Increasingly, wine professionals are launching their own private lines after hours. Free from the restrictions of established management structures or brand identities, these side projects give winemakers the chance to experiment, push boundaries, and, ultimately, create something of their own. […]

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