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Winery Profile: Vasse Felix

Who: Vasse Felix   What: Benefactor of the Balanced, Persuasive Potential of Australia’s Wild West   Where: Margaret River, Australia   Why: Because in 1967, Dr. Tom Cullity, a cardiologist in Perth, was crazy enough to decide to bring vines … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Napa Valley

Where: Saddled between the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca range to the east, Napa Valley is an hour’s drive northeast from San Francisco. It’s an American Viticultural Area within northern California’s Napa County, and it houses 16 … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Maipo

Regional Profile: Maipo Valley, Chile   Where: Maipo is within Chile’s large Central Valley, which is appropriately named as it’s relatively in the center of the country from north to south as well as situated in the valley between the … Continue reading

Back to Basics: What are Tannins?

Have you ever sipped a really big, bold red wine and noticed after swallowing that your mouth feels incredibly dry? Maybe your tongue feels stuck to the roof of your mouth, or it’s like a bunch of teen tiny burs … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Chinon

Where: In the middle of the Loire Valley, within the greater region of Touraine. Chinon rests in a corner between the Loire River (to its north) and the tributary River Vienne (to its south).   What: Prime time for Cabernet Franc … Continue reading

Winery Profile: La Clarine Farm

Who: La Clarine Farm   What: Brave “New World” Laissez-Faire Liberal   Where: Sierra Foothills, California   Why: Because Hank Beckmeyer’s winemaking philosophy at La Clarine Farm is well-applied to life, not just wine: “Sometimes, the uncertainty in how things … Continue reading

Grape Files: Sangiovese

Color: Red   Grown in: Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Abruzzo, Le Marche (Italy); California   A.K.A.: Brunello (in Montalcino, Tuscany); Prugnolo (in Montepulciano, Tuscany); Morellino (in Scansano, Tuscany)   Profile: The signatures of Sangiovese are its bright, orangey-red color and definitive … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Mendoza

Where: A huge region stretching east, south and southwest from the city of Mendoza, Argentina. To the west are the Andes, and beyond that lie Chile, the Pacific and cool sea breezes.   What: Mendoza sits in a rain shadow … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Lewis Cellars

Who: Lewis Cellars   What: Driving through Life in the Fast Lane: Napa via ‘Napolis (Indianapolis)   Where: Napa Valley, CA   Why: Because former Indy race car driver Randy Lewis and his wife, Debbie, took their winning mindset and … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Tenuta di Trinoro

Who: Tenuta di Trinoro   What: Wild Child’s Wine Playground in Tuscan No Man’s Land   Where: Province of Siena (Tuscany, Italy), roughly east of Montalcino and shortly before the border with Umbria. Or, according to proprietor and winemaker Andrea … Continue reading