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Robert Hall Winery Has A Regenerative Viticulture Field Day

Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has begun a three-year study of regenerative viticulture on a 40-acre block of estate vineyards adjacent to the winery along Highway 46. If the study is successful, regenerative viticultural practices will be applied to the entire 125-acre estate vineyard and potentially to other O’Neill Vintner & Distillers properties. It isn’t unusual for companies to […]

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Tasting Wine With The Women Who Made Them

Lisa Amaroli is director of winemaking at Benziger Family Winery and Jamie Benziger is head winemaker at Imagery Estate Winery. Neither woman set out with the singular focus of becoming a winemaker, but both found their way to winemaking through hard work and a passion for their craft. I had the opportunity to meet both women during a recent virtual […]

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Ravines Wine Cellars: Wines From New York’s Finger Lakes AVA

Today we are tasting three wines from New York’s Finger Lakes wine region. This cool-climate region is known for its dry Riesling, but there is considerable diversity beyond Riesling. Expect bright fruit flavors, brilliant acidity and modest alcohol levels in Finger Lakes wines. We received three wines as tasting samples from Ravines Wine Cellars that offer a delicious introduction to […]

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An Exploration of Oregon Wine Beyond Pinot Noir

When I think of Oregon wine my mind automatically goes to Pinot Noir and the Willamette Valley. Without a doubt Pinot Noir is Oregon’s signature variety and the Willamette Valley its best-known wine region, but as I learned during a recent online seminar sponsored by the Oregon Wine Board, Pinot Noir just scratches the surface of an evolving wine scene […]

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Franciacorta: Sparkling Wine Made Beside Lombardy’s Lake Iseo

I recently had the good fortune to be introduced to Franciacorta. That introduction came by way of a webinar hosted by Napa Valley Wine Academy. Giammario Villa, Master Taster and Franciacorta Brand Ambassador, shared his detailed knowledge of the region and its wines. Peter Marks, MW joined in the discussion. We tasted three styles of Franciacorta, all of which were […]

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A Taste of History With Kenwood Vineyards Winemaker Zeke Neeley

I gathered recently with Zeke Neeley, Kenwood Vineyards winemaker, and a group of wine enthusiasts for a virtual tasting of four wines sourced from the historic Jack London Vineyard located on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. The story that unfolded is one of appreciation for the wilds of Sonoma Mountain, relationships solidified with a handshake and the delicious wine that […]

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2020: Wine That Helped Us Through the Year

It’s hard to remember a year more difficult than 2020. The loss of my parents marked the most sorrowful years for me personally, but collectively this is the most difficult year I can remember. The bad news has continued since February and the worst may not be behind us. Coronavirus, COVID-19, stay-at-home and social distancing became part of my everyday […]