Alentejo Alicante Bouschet Wines

Alicante Bouschet: Alentejo’s Premier Varietal

Alentejo is one of Portugal’s most popular wine appellations.  It is the 9th largest wine region in the world and the 4th largest in Europe.  Alentejo covers about one-third of Portugal’s landmass. The area consists of eight PDO wine regions; Borba, Evora, Granja-Amareleja, Moura, Portalegre, Redondo, Reguengos and Vidigueira.  The appellation is flat with surrounding

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Santorini

Santorini and Greek Varietals

Vineyard practices are fundamental to the process of making wine and also the outcome of what we ultimately decide to drink. Across the world, these methods vary because of soil conditions and climate. One of the most unusual vineyard practices I discovered while visiting Santorini, Greece. Santorini sits perched high above the sea, approximately 900

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Highland Valley Wineries Vista View

Highland Valley Wineries: A Love Affair with Ramona Valley

My second day in the Ramona Valley took me to four Highland Valley wineries. I found the day to be all about passion. Each winemaker had their interpretation of their love of wine, whether it be the winemaking process or the growing of grapes. Although the passion seemed to take on different forms, one commonality

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Markus Wine Co. Red Wine Blends

Markus Wine: A step above Red Wine Blends

I think of Markus Niggli as the master blender, and after sampling all the red wine blends he now produces, I find like an artist, his palette and technique for combining varieties takes him to a level beyond most winemakers. I first met Markus in 2017 when he was the winemaker for Borra Vineyards in

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South African Winemakers

The Driving Force between Five South African Winemakers

Bring five South African winemakers together, and you will see what defines South African wine. They are friends and collaborators who represent four distinct wine regions in South Africa, and they presented their wines and those of others at a wine tasting called South Africa Redefined. South Africa’s wine history goes back almost 400 years.

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Spanish Wines Filboa - Vall Llach

Spanish Wines: The Wines of Fillaboa and Vall Llach

Let’s delve into the wines from two specific wineries in Spain. Both exemplify the wine regions they represent, but together they tell the inherent story of Spanish Wines. Rias Baixas One sees the Spanish affinity to the white varietal Albarino as profound. The variety is probably Spain’s most popular white. Most Albarinos come from the

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Memorial Day Wine

Memorial Day Wine: Spring into Summer Wine

As I think about the ideal wine to serve this Memorial day weekend, I am reminded that Memorial weekend signifies the time we start to light up the barbeque as we move from spring to summer weather.  We switch from the big, bold, more moody wines of winter to the brighter livelier wines of summer.

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Valley View of Eola-Amity Hills - Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Delve into Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Recently while on a wine adventure to the Willamette Valley, I explored wineries in several of the seven Willamette Valley AVAs. There are enough wineries in each appellation for a weekend escape to each one. This article focuses on the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, including things to do in the surrounding vicinity other than wine tasting.

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Cameron Douglas with New Zealand Wine

NZ Wine Navigator: Elevating the bar on New Zealand Wine

When we think of New Zealand wine most American’s are familiar with the big wineries that make their way to the United States, but many do not realize an effort is being made to bring notoriety to some small boutique wineries. One company forging the way to make these wineries known to us is NZ

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GUADALUPE VALLE_VINEYARDS

Explore the Mexican Wine Scene in Valle de Guadalupe

When we think of Mexican wine, we think of Valle De Guadalupe, the up and coming area in Baja. The area is like the wild west, a new frontier for wine especially those winemakers who choose to be pioneers of the region. Valle De Guadalupe History In the 16th century, the first grapes were planted.

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