Sardinia’s wines might get you to 100

It is rumored that the longevity of the Sardinian people is due to the high concentrations of resveratrol in their wine. Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in the skins of grapes, blueberries and...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 10 hours ago | COLUMN: The Grapevine

The sauvignon blancs of the Loire Valley

For sauvignon blanc lovers who have not experienced the delicious wines of France’s Loire Valley, exploring it can refreshingly appeal to a summer palate. The Loire Valley lies in the northern half...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Want a new summer red? Try Barbera

Summer is here. For many, the switch from red to white is a normal transition. For others, however, red wine is an all year enjoyment. Regardless of whether it’s red, white or rosè that typically...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Explore the mysterious, multifaceted wines of Jura

The Jura district in eastern France is perhaps one of the least known regions for wine. The region sits between Burgundy and Switzerland and is so isolated that its long-standing traditions have...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

New Zealand’s growing pinot noir country

Attention pinot noir lovers. Your preference may be Sonoma, Oregon or Burgundy, but you probably have yet to try the up-and-coming region of Central Otago, New Zealand. While we all know that that...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Chablis: Great white from northern France

Chablis, thankfully, is no longer referred to as a cheap, inferior white wine. It has taken a couple decades for people to embrace what Chablis truly is: great chardonnay from northern Burgundy,...

DATE: May 8, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Argentina’s refresingly dry torrontès

Enter spring. Many of you are anxiously waiting the arrival of your beloved rosès. While several of the 2017’s have been released, the bulk of them are on a boat, making their way toward store...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

The diversity of Spain’s white wines

Spain is most often recognized for the great red wines of Rioja, Jumilla and Priorat. For white wine drinkers, however, it’s time to consider the amazing Spanish whites. The still whites of Spain...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

What’s in a pinot grigio’s name?

What sounds best to you? Clean, crisp, refreshing? White peach, flower blossoms and slaty minerals? Or rich, dense, ripe, voluptuous and minerally? Oddly enough, these are the classic styles of...

DATE: March 13, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Languedoc’s lesser-known red wines

As a retailer in Durango, it’s been fascinating to study consumer habits over the past couple months of non-commital winter weather. Up until the past couple weeks of winter-like weather,...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

What do you really know about sulfites?

It’s entirely possible that your hangover, headache or brown-bottle flu was caused by sulfites. However, as easy as it is to scapegoat sulfites, there are other factors that most don’t consider. ...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Dry-farmed wines are not so new

To irrigate or not to irrigate, that is the question. While the idea of wineries dry farming may seem like a new concept, in fact it is a reality of traditional viticulture spanning hundreds of...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

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