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2401, 2023

Lewis Wines: A Couple of Buddies Crafting Delicious Terroir-Driven Wines in the Texas Hill Country

By |January 24, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

Friendship is a powerful bond that can lead to great things, this is certainly true for the story of Lewis Wines. Founded in 2010 by two college buddies, Doug Lewis and Duncan McNabb, after they both gained experience working at a winery in Texas. The brand was born out of a shared passion for wine and a desire to work for themselves in agriculture.   […]

1601, 2023

Uncorking the Hidden Gems: A Look into Small Wine Producers in the Dundee Hills of Oregon

By |January 16, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

As the sun rises over the valley, the dew-covered vines glisten in the morning light, and the air is filled with the sweet aroma of ripening grapes.  The Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon is a renowned wine region known for producing some of the finest Burgundian style wines in the world. Situated within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, the Dundee Hills are located about 28 miles southwest of Portland and are protected from the Pacific Ocean’s climate by the Coastal Range mountains. […]

2912, 2022

A Look at the Bordeaux Style Wines of Boordy Vineyards in Maryland

By |December 29, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

Boordy Vineyards has a rich history dating back to 1945 when it was founded by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner as Maryland’s first winery. Philip Wagner was a newspaperman serving as an editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun for almost 35 years. […]

2012, 2022

Exploring the Rich History and Sustainable Practices of Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma

By |December 20, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

Although  the winery was only established in 1982, Gloria Ferrer’s rich history dates back to the 1500’s as the family brought with them a multi-generational knowledge of grape growing and sparkling winemaking with them from Spain. […]

1512, 2022

Aridus Wine Company: Pursuing a Dream in Southeast Arizona

By |December 15, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

Scott and Joan Dahmer had always dreamed of starting a vineyard and winery, and they found the perfect location in southeastern Arizona. In 2009, they purchased a 40-acre property along Turkey Creek in Pearce, which sits at an elevation of 5,200 feet. […]

1012, 2022

Bells Up Winery – The End of the Beginning

By |December 10, 2022|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Oregon, Origin Stories, Q&A|Tags: , , , , , , |

In August 2021, I met Sara and Dave Specter of Bells Up Winery for the first time during a media visit that was a bit more formal – a sit-down tasting and interview with them both.

712, 2022

Titus Vineyards: Crafting High-Quality Family Estate Wines in the Heart of Napa Valley

By |December 7, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

Titus Vineyards, located in the heart of the Napa Valley, has been producing high-quality estate wines for over 20 years. Founded by the Titus family, they started out growing and selling grapes, but in the late 1990s, the family decided to focus on making their own wines. […]

312, 2022

Youngberg Hill’s Wayne Bailey – Farmer First

By |December 3, 2022|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, News, Oregon, Origin Stories, Q&A|Tags: , , , , |

In late October 2022, I visited Youngberg Hill in Oregon’s McMinnville AVA. It is a gorgeous 50-acre property with a historic inn atop the hillside, surrounded by astounding views and meticulously farmed, organic and biodynamic vineyards planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.

112, 2022

7th FRANC & FRANC International Cabernet Franc Forum

By |December 1, 2022|Categories: Digest, Featured, Industry, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Fast forward to 2022. Villány is the primary red wine region of Hungary, which is becoming increasingly well known for producing its signature wine, Cabernet Franc, thanks to the area’s sub-Mediterranean climate, loess and clay soils, and innovative producers who are making Villányi Franc in a variety of styles.

2111, 2022

Lenné Estate – Going in Blind

By |November 21, 2022|Categories: Digest, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Oregon, Origin Stories|Tags: |

Lutz, an Oregonian, began his career in Napa Valley in 1984, when he developed a taste for wine shortly after college. He worked at several well-known wineries, including Robert Mondavi. It was at Mondavi where Lutz and the Mondavi team would participate in staff blind tastings led by Robert himself.

1611, 2022

Montoliva: Family Style Italian Wines in the Heart of the North Sierra Foothills

By |November 16, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

For Mark Henry the journey into the wine business was twisty and turny to say the least.  After spending several years in the Army and getting a degree in Political Science, he decided to barrel-roll head first into the beer business. Why not?

1311, 2022

4th Annual International Cabernet Franc Wine Competition & Celebration

By |November 13, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

Who is this event for? For the 4th Annual Cabernet Franc Celebration, we have opened it up to both domestic and international producers of Cabernet Franc.

311, 2022

F. Teldeschi: A History of Zinfandel in the Dry Creek Valley

By |November 3, 2022|Categories: Industry|Tags: , , |

In 1993, F. Teldeschi was established by Dan Teldeschi in 1993. The winery is a combination of the rich Teldeschi grape growing history that dates back to the turn of the 20th century when his father, Michele emigrated to Dry Creek, in Sonoma County, from Italy, providing a more modern spin on winemaking today.

2710, 2022

Smith-Madrone: A Mountain Vintner’s Perspective

By |October 27, 2022|Categories: Industry|Tags: |

For Stu and Charlie Smith, making wine on top of Spring Mountain west of St. Helena in the northern Napa Valley has been a way of life for five decades. The Smith-Madrone Vineyards property is a mix of vineyard, mountain and forest. Black bears, cougars and red-tailed hawks share the landscape.

2110, 2022

Adelaida District:  Focusing on the Classic Varieties with an Eye Toward the Future of Paso Robles Wine

By |October 21, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

Located within the northwestern part of Paso Robles and situated at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Adelaida District AVA has quite a rich agriculture history.  Although the AVA was only recently established in 2014, the region has had grapes planted there going back a century.

2209, 2022

Pride Mountain Vineyards: A Thoughtful Approach to High Elevation Grape Growing on Spring Mountain

By |September 22, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

In 1989, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased the Historic Summit Ranch situated right on the Napa -Sonoma county line atop Spring Mountain establishing Pride Mountain Vineyards. As retirement was upon them, the Prides initially wanted to buy a vineyard from which they could sell grapes locally.

509, 2022

Winners of Wine Writing Contest Announced

By |September 5, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

WebWineWriting contest was launched by a Hungarian wine writer, but the competition is not exclusively about Hungarian wines, the topics are broader, what is more this year a video category was added as well. The award ceremony took place last week (25 August) at Pannonhalma Archabbey Winery in Hungary, within a wine event with 20 estates.

2608, 2022

Q and A with Elizabeth Smith by Carl Giavanti

By |August 26, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|

"I love delving into the personalities and history of the people behind the wine, winery, vineyards and/or brand and learning how they became enamored with a career in the industry — whether that be winemaking, winegrowing, winery ownership or management."

2408, 2022

VML: Wine, Magic and Joy – Tasting With Winemaker Ross Reedy

By |August 24, 2022|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

In the heart of Dry Creek Valley, on a 23-acre biodynamic vineyard and farm, two tasting rooms sit side by side next to the creek for which the Valley, a mecca for Zinfandel, is known.  Welcome to VML and Truett-Hurst, two brands under one company. The outdoors seating here is ample and so relaxing.  Tasting pods for up to 6 guests are set in a pleasant courtyard, each with shades and fans. Wind rustles the cottonwood and Russian thistles along the creekbed, mimicking the sound of running water.

408, 2022

Lula Cellars – The Deep End’s Hidden Gem Comes of Age

By |August 4, 2022|Categories: California, Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: |

During a rare chilly and rainy, late-spring day, a friend and I stopped to taste the highly rated wines at Lula Cellars, a small producer in the cooler and foggier “Deep End” of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.

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