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

What to give wine-lovers this holiday

Family, friends, thirsty advertisers, retailers and restaurateurs are all wishing “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year.” The season of joy, giving and gratitude is here. For many, the stress of...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Keeping it kosher for Hannukah

Latkes, doughnuts, brisket and short ribs will likely be on the menu during the eight nights of festivities that celebrate the Maccabean revolt. Hannukah is coming. Kosher wine and kosher mevushal...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

What to drink with your holiday feasts

Family, friends and the spirit of thankfulness are upon us in this season of giving. Many have prepared for this gastronomical glory by refraining from heavy meals and wine consumption. The time...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

The merlot wines of the Right Bank

In my last column, we discussed the great wines of the Medoc, or Left Bank Bordeaux. For this edition, we will expand on the Right Bank wines of Bordeaux. The Right Bank of the Dordogne River is...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

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