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December 02 Winemaker

Portland, Pinot Noir and Poltergeists

We've had a few innovative wines come out over the last decade or so. Wait, maybe they've been around forever, and it's just me that's been around the last decade or so. Either way, I highly doubt you've heard of ghost wine.

November 25 Winemaker

Pindarie’s Paying the Pied Piper

It’s no secret that wine pairs well with certain types of food.

Now, I’m no wine food pairing expert, by any stretch of the imagination. To be honest, my specialty begins with a glass and ends by pairing it with food, period. Any type will do me well, as long as the wine is quality and there are at least two glasses of it available.

However, if you're a couple of steps ahead of me in the food-wine pairing game and consider my approach to be monstrous, you may not sit too well with what I'm about to share. With that in mind, I implore you to open your mind and broaden those horizons.

November 11 Winemaker

Mother Nature’s Tchaikovsky

It’s difficult to argue that wine isn’t man-made – isn’t it?

If you’re the debating type, then you may want to reference this when you’re asked this question in the future. While all wine is man-made, there are certain degrees of this.

November 11 Winemaker

Follow Your Nose to Howard Park

When it comes to wine, aroma is pretty important. If you’re someone like me who doesn’t even wait for the pour to be in the glass, then you may miss out on this part of the wine-tasting experience. However, I’m here to tell you to pace yourself and include your nose in the big event, too.

November 04 New Zealand

Te Mata’s Unique Craggy Range

It’s hard to imagine anything being unique or original anymore.

Even the most innovative, forward-thinking people who come up with crazy stuff got their inspiration from somewhere. Finding something that's unique in this world is like joining the ranks of the flat-earthers – you've only got an uphill battle coming your way.

November 03 New Zealand

Crunching the Numbers for a Passion Project

How many of you actually turn your passion project into a profitable business?

Most of us toil away at the job we are told is best suited to us. From the womb to the tomb we plug away, giving approximately 33% away to the man at the end of every fiscal year.

October 28 Winemaker

Icewine: The Fifth Element

Just when you thought you had the wine thing down, it's blown up in your face. There's nothing simple about growing grapes and making wine – and why should there be? When you've got an opportunity given by Mother Nature herself to create an entirely new type of wine, why wouldn't you?

October 28 Uncategorized

Two Vineyards by the Lake

When it comes to wine, the more, the merrier. You could stick to the standard single vineyard and have half an aneurysm every year when the weather starts to turn on you. Or, you could back yourself up a bit and give your wines an even better chance of being brilliant.

October 21 Winemaker

When One Note Meets Another

DeMorgenzon Estate, located along the famous Stellenbosch strip in South Africa, believes in the motivating power of music. Their belief floats around the idea that classical music can positively influence the growth of grapevine and the fruit that it bears. 

October 21 Winemaker

An Estate with an Eye For Resistance

These days, we’re all dressing up too much – or too little, depending on which way you see it. The point is, there are many wineries out there that bring out the smoke machines and lights and put on a hell of a show – but how good is their wine?

October 14 Winemaker

Idaho Wine? As If

There are a lot of things that Idaho is known for – Yellowstone, Boise, and Sun Valley Ski Resort. What you won’t usually see on this list is wine.

October 13 Winemaker

The Novelty of Cheap Wine

While there are the lucky few of us who can afford to cough up excessive amounts of sophisticated drops, the rest of us mere mortals down here on earth don’t have this type of luxury.

October 07 Winemaker

Square Peg Vs. Dry Hole

Some would say that you can’t farm without water. I mean, it’s common sense, even to the most removed of us – agriculture requires water. And it tends to be a lot of it.

October 06 Winemaker

What Do Nirvana and Colagrossi Have in Common?

We all know the classic story of Dave Grohl and Nirvana. Created in Grohl’s friend’s garage, it quickly became one of the most iconic bands of the 90’s. Starting something iconic in a garage is something people these days strive for, not run away from.

September 22 Winemaker

When Tuscany Meets North Cantebury

Sometimes it’s a struggle to know where to start when painting a picture of an award-winning vineyard. Maybe we could begin with the outstanding restaurant – if you’re picky about what you eat with your wine, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss lunch.

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