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12 Dirty Secrets of Cheap Wine (Part 1)

A number of you have written in asking for more information about the dirty secrets of the mass market winemaking process.We turn, this week, to those dirty secrets, and how they have resulted in a wine market overflowing with juice but a virtual desert when it comes...

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How to Make Wine

Boca Raton, FloridaWe are traveling this week, so we’ll dispense with the usual essay. The only news to report isthat our Italian collection has been finalized, now only waiting for importation approvals. We’re extremely happy with the selection – it’sthe...

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The Barolo Wars

Baltimore, MD Up in the rolling hills, where the grape vines grow under shrouds of dense fog, a war has been raging. Fog drapes over Nebbiolo vines photo credit: BlueMoonInHerEyes As nasty and contentious as any US presidential election, yet the Barolo Wars of...

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Will You Pass the Gualfin Test?

Will You Pass the Gualfin Test?

Baltimore, MD From within the trees, we heard a pitched scream. “Sh*t,” I muttered, dismounting my horse in a single leap and running up the dry embankment to the cluster of trees. Moments earlier, we had been riding along a dry riverbed at the bottom of a steep...

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Julien’s Weekly Tasting Recap

This week - a complete recap of Julien’s weekly tastings so far. Enjoy! Grab some wine and a friend (or two) and try these tasting tips yourself. Any feedback for Julien? Let us know!Enjoy!Bonner Private Wines

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A rose dipped in tar

“Would you be interested in meeting a beautiful woman with a delicious Barolo?” he asked. How could we say no? Barolo, from the Nebbiolo grape, is one of Italy’s most prized wines. The name “Nebbiolo” is thought to refer to the clouds of fog that so often carpet the...

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What You Need to Know About 2014 Italian Wines

Annapolis, MD“We only have the 2014 Brunello but it’s good. We were very selective during the harvest,” said the young Italian man.“Mmm, well what’s your price?” we asked.“Oh at least $30,” he said.“Good luck to you,” we responded, walking away.Diego...

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Thoughts on Torrontes?

Washington, DC Back in the US for a brief pit stop before heading to Verona.But right now, we’d like to pick your brain about something we came across in Argentina...Have you ever had Torrontés? It’s not a common white wine here in America where tastes tend towards...

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Hello from Argentina!

Hello from Argentina!

Calchaqui Valley, Argentina (9,000 feet above sea level) Here in northwestern Argentina, the poplar trees are turning yellow. It’s the end of summer (we’re in the southern hemisphere), which means the local children must soon descend from their small, isolated family...

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