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My Search for the “Romance” in Remuage

When the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is asked, how often does someone say, “I want to be a remueur.” Probably never. French for “bottle turner,” a remueur is someone who performs the act … Continue reading

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R&W Vineyards: Work, Love, and Play Give Rise to Fine Wine

It is often said, “The couple who plays together, stays together.” But, what about the couple who not only plays together but also works and lives together? For William (Bill) Wood and Noel Relyea, the relevancy in doing nearly everything … Continue reading

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Tasting Room Etiquette, Part 3—The Tasting Room Table Has Turned

In my first two installments on tasting room etiquette, One and Two, I wrote about customer do’s and don’ts. Well, etiquette goes both ways. This post is for tasting room hosts, although anyone can benefit. Take Your Stinkin’ Paws Off … Continue reading

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Skinner Vineyards & Winery Puts the “Aah” in Syrah—and in So Much More

Based on a recommendation, I found myself driving along windy roads through the Sierra Foothills with my friend Cathy in search of a winery called Skinner Vineyards & Winery in California’s El Dorado County. We weren’t sure what to expect … Continue reading

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Branciforte Creek Vineyard: Complex, Elegant Pinot Noir—from the Vineyard to the Glass

The Early Days There’s a vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains that dates back to the mid-1800s. It is known today as Branciforte Creek Vineyard, and is part of one of the oldest continuously operated grape-growing regions in California—a 300-acre … Continue reading

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Coterie Cellars: Where the Wines Are Inspired by the Vineyards

As a contributing writer to WineFoodExplorer.com, I sat down with husband-and-wife team Kyle and Shala Loudon, owners of Coterie Cellars, to talk about the passion and inspiration behind their Rhône and Pinot Noir Varietals. Copyright © Wines & Vines Read … Continue reading

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The Hawk that Led Me to the Crow

There are times in one’s life when wine tasting just has to wait. Take today, for example. I was on my way out the door to attend a wine-tasting event when the phone rang. I let the machine answer to … Continue reading

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