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Riverbank Wines from Chile and Concha y Toro

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Riverbank Vineyards – courtesy of Concha y Toro website

Concha y Toro is, by now, a venerable name in wine. Certainly they are one of the most well known names when it comes to Chilean wine. We have reviewed many of their wines over the past few years, and are rarely disappointed. Here, we’ll

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Visit to Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown, CT

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On a very soggy winter afternoon, we recently found ourselves in western Connecticut, and at the Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown, CT. Fortunately for us the winery has a big, beautiful new tasting and function building, so we were dry and warm while we tasted through the Hawk Ridge portfolio. This place must be gorgeous

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Riesling – One of the Great White Wines: Some Examples from Dr. H. Thanisch

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Riesling is clearly among the great white wine grapes in the world, capable of producing refreshing whites, complex and profound whites, and long lasting, age worthy whites. They can range from dry to very sweet. Some can bring significant body and complexity. It is a broad canvas.

Mosel River Hillside Vineyards

Traditionally, the home

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Two Value Carmeneres from Chile

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The Carmenere grape has a long history, and was a standard part of a typical Bordeaux blend up until the mid-1800s. Then the Phylloxera scourge hit Europe, and much of the existing vineyards were devastated. When the industry recovered using new, Phylloxera resistant rootstock, the Carmenere grape was sort of forgotten in Bordeaux. They did

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Back Where We Began – Rioja and the Wines of Carlos Serres – the Final Spanish Series Article

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We started drinking wines from Rioja decades ago, and it was a favorite area early in our wine journey. We didn’t know what Crianza really meant back then, but we drank a lot of it. So when we think of Spanish wine that is the specific area which always comes to mind first. There are

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A Quick Trip Back to Rioja – the Spanish Series Part 13

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Landscape near Bodegas Loa

We’re going to take a look at a few more wines from Rioja before we explore a new area in the Spanish series. Previously we had introduced Rioja, and covered several producers in the region. You can read the first article on Rioja by clicking here. This is an ancient

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Part 12 of the Spanish Series: Terra Alta and Wines from Celler Pinol

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We continue our Spanish series in Cataluyna, or what is better known as Catalonia in the U.S. More specifically we are in Terra Alta, which is one of the seven recognized denominations of origin (DO) within Catalunya, and likely not one of the ones you have heard of. Several of the seven you likely have

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The Spanish Series Part 11: Yecla, and a Great Red from Barahonda

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Barahonda is the oldest winery in the Yecla DO region. The Candela family established the bodega in 1925. When you talk about Yecla, you’re talking primarily about the Monastrell grape. It makes up 80% of the vineyard production. You’ve may have heard of Monastrell, it is better known as MourvĂ©dre in France’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where

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Sustainable Farming in Chile – Single Vineyard Carignan from Oveja Negra

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People who grow wine grapes, whether they sell the grapes to other producers or make the wine themselves, think of themselves as farmers. That’s what they are, and most great winemakers will tell you that great wine is really made in the fields. Some go so far as to characterize their responsibility as winemakers as

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Part 10 of the Spanish Series – Navarra and the wines of Vina Magana

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The Denominacion de Origen (D.O.) region of Navarra shares some aspects with the other great winemaking regions of Spain. It traces its roots back to Roman times, and can point to centuries where the cloistered monks working in the many monasteries throughout the region maintained and improved the culture of making wine. In modern times

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