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DTC – Direct to Consumers…

Near bankruptcy leads to many things, including even allowing wineries to ship their products to states recently awakened to the benefits on new confiscatory tax revenues. How? Simple.

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DTC – Direct to Consumers…

Ratings… Who Died & Left You Boss?

Most likely we will receive mail from disgruntled, professional reviewers and critics once this article is posted on the web site. So why write it? Good question. Here’s why.

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Ratings… Who Died & Left You Boss?

Wine Alcohol Levels…Thoughts

Whenever I am at a meeting, or having a beer with other winemakers, and the talk turns to winemaking, the discussion often has been about high alcohol wines. Should we or should we not make them?

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Wine Alcohol Levels…Thoughts

Harvest Notes…2011

We have noted elsewhere that 2011 was a strange and wonderful year. Rain, cold, more rain, reduced fruit production, and a freeze. The upside was great color, amazing complexity, and flavors that we seldom see. On balance – let’s do it again, but without the freeze as that hurt quite a few growers and wineries.

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Harvest Notes…2011

Wine Fables…

Wine enthusiasts have been reading about the various wine growing Appellations and how – mythically – the best wine grapes are grown only there.

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Wine Fables…

More White Wine myths…

For reasons that escape me, and a lot of things escape me, I have never understood the American proclivity to either discard white wines when they are 2-3 years old, or pass them by when seen on a wine seller’s shelf.

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More White Wine myths…

It was the best of times: It was the worst of times…

Harvest Notes – 2011: “It was the best of times: It was the worst of times” (Dickens), but that could well apply to the 2011 harvest. In reality it was a great harvest from the wine’s point of view.

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It was the best of times: It was the worst of times…