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by Sophie Gayot
To celebrate the 140th birthday of Louis XIII Cognac, The House of Rémy Martin came out with a surprise that’s destined for Cognac connoisseurs — for advanced ones, considering the price tag of this very special bottle: $16,000 (plus tax).

 

 

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  • pinitbutton Paso Robles Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas
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Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles, California


Defining Paso Robles


by Christopher A. Friedmann


On October 9th, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a final ruling establishing 11 new viticultural sub-areas nested within the greater Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. The decision marks the conclusion of a seven year process that will help to better define the diversity of Paso Robles’ wine region, which until this ruling had existed as the largest undivided AVA in California.

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  • pinitbutton The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend   Wine of the Week
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The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend

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Farm-fresh ingredients at the Applewood Inn vegetable garden and chicken coop (Photo credit: Applewood Inn)


by Karla Erovick


California Wine Country restaurants are passionate about their food. It’s not surprising, given their access to some of the most sought-after agriculture in the country. Continue reading “Farm to Table: Taking Local to a Whole New Level in California Wine Country” »



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Achaval-Ferrer looks to push the envelope when it comes to Argentine Wine


Does Robust Red Wine From Argentina Age Well?


by Christopher A. Friedmann


Santiago Achaval knows personality when he tastes it – especially when those same characteristics are repeated year after year in bottles of his Argentine Achaval-Ferrer wine. A good wine has a “sense of place,” or terroir, meaning astute tasters can often determine a wine’s growing region (and sometimes even year) just by the taste. Grapes offer the uncanny ability to take on the characteristics of their geology, geography and climate, and express those same characteristics year after year when tasted. It’s part of what makes winemaking such a personal experience for growers like Achaval.

 

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  • pinitbutton Tenute Campo al Mare 2012 Bolgheri DOC Vermentino   Wine of the Week
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Tenute Campo al Mare 2012 Bolgheri DOC Vermentino

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  • pinitbutton Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay   Wine of the Week
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Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay

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  • pinitbutton Portalupi Winery 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel   Wine of the Week
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Portalupi 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel

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The bar at L’Apicio restaurant in New York City


Chill Out with a Refreshing Italian Red


by Michelle Kwan


Move over rosé: there’s a new chilled summer wine on the market. Fichimori is a stunning new red, predominantly comprised of Negroamaro grapes, which are native to certain parts of Italy but rarely used in international winemaking. Finished off with just a splash of Syrah, this chilled red blend from the Puglia region could prove to be a sweet Southern Italian alternative to bottles of the pink stuff.

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  • pinitbutton Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir   Wine of the Week
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Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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