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Tastings notes, wine stories, and adventures from the road.

Taste Your USA Wine Collection with Julien Miquel

Dear Member, All of our USA collection wines have shipped. In your case you will discover a Pinot Noir from Oregon's rarest soil... A Cab Sauv from one of the oldest winemaking families in the US... A Tempranillo from Food & Wine Magazine's "Winemaker of the...

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A (Brief) History of American Wine Part II

American wine was reborn in the basement of the Modesto Public Library in California.  There, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo found old instructional guides on winemaking from the University of California. Studying these guides, they remade themselves as winemakers....

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A (Brief) History of American Wine

By the 1960s, there were zero wineries in Virginia, zero in Oregon, only 15 in Washington state, and barely 100 in California (compared to over 3,000 today). 70 years earlier, Virginia had been producing the best wines in the world. Meanwhile, Californian “Burgundies”...

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“Grey” Wines of Languedoc

We got a treat this week; someone sent us two bottles of “gris de gris” from Languedoc’s Corbières sub-region in France. For those unfamiliar with the gris de gris, it’s one of the more rare wine styles. Untouched, as of yet, by the industry’s hype machine (which is...

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Tacana 2018 on Its Way!

We’re wrapping up our last Australia/New Zealand shipments, so we’ll keep it short this week. First, some big news from Argentina... a shipping container of the Bonner family wine, Tacana 2018, along with Tacana reserva (never before on offer to Bonner Wines members),...

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How to Drink (and enjoy) White Wine

Finally, the heat arrived here in Baltimore. Just in time to notice that our air conditioner is broken. Things got desperate when we realized that our personal reserve of Mahi from New Zealand was long gone. A quick investigation of the cellar yielded a bottle of...

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War in the Calchaquí!

On a cold night on the high plains… 12,000 feet above the world… a fire raged. The flames lit shadowy figures, currently at work ripping up a water line that ran along the desert floor. Suddenly – a loud crack. The figures froze. The ceiling beams of the small cottage...

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Last Week’s Q&A with Julien Miquel

Have you seen Julien Miquel’s Q&A video, yet? He tackles such subjects as “what do I drink with surf n’ turf?” ... “what kind of wine glasses should I buy?” ... “the trick to buying a bottle of wine that everyone will enjoy?”... “how the Partnership selects its...

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Rattlesnake wine, plus Julien’s Q&A

“If disease comes for the vines, it will kill the roses first,” explained our host. Sipping a merlot rosé out on the patio of a winery near the ruined Roman town of Volubilis, we had wondered aloud why each vine row had at its head a rose bush.Siroua – a peppery...

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Forbidden Wine of the Atlas Mountains

In the foothills of the Atlas Mountains lies a ruined town. A colonnade traces the outline of the old main street, ending at a stone arch, raised in honor of some triumph long forgotten.The old main street in the town of Volubilis For nearly three hundred years,...

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