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Can you talk like a sommelier?

Well, a week into our unofficial quarantine, we finally caved… We opened up our Manzanos 2008 about five years earlier than we had intended. It was a happy accident. More on that in a moment... But first, if you had to use the word “cuvée” in a sentence, could you?...

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Please Stop Calling It “Burgundy”

We’re hard at work shipping out our remaining Spanish wines today. So we’ll keep this week’s missive short. We’ll leave you to enjoy winemaker Julien Miquel’s latest tasting lesson. This week, he takes you on a tour du monde of the essential wines (and wine regions)...

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Mountain Wineries of Chile

Mountain Wineries of Chile

This week, we write to you from London’s Shard (a skyscraper in central London that looks like a shard of glass), where we’re enjoying a glass of Bollinger (named official supplier to the Royal Court in 1884)...Sipping champagne while enjoying the view of London But...

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Diego Discovers a Grape Long Thought Extinct

“For nearly 100 years, they thought the vines were merlot,” reports Diego, after returning to Buenos Aires from a recent trip to Chile. But it wasn’t merlot. In actuality, and unbeknownst to the Chileans, the vines were one of Bordeaux’s...

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Sipping Rum from Volcanic Ash

Tola, Nicaragua Not much wine in Nicaragua, but the rum sure goes down easy. Surprisingly easy, in fact, given that it comes from a 130-year-old distillery at the foot of an active volcano. More on that in a moment...But first, Julien is out this week, so we’re...

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Bonner Wines Named in Top 100 of 2019

The entire Bonner Private Wine Partnership team is scattered to the four winds. Barry is returning from Australia (“a very productive trip.”) Diego is returning from Chile (“some of the most beautiful vineyards I have ever seen.”) And we are...

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Atop the Natural Wine Bubble

“It tastes like warm grape juice with some dirt mixed in... You might like it.” C. had just poured a glass of natural teroldego (a northern Italian red wine varietal) from Long Island, NY.The ‘dirt’ taste is common in Long Island wines. Occasionally (as in...

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Announcing: Argentina Like You’ve Never Seen It

Dear Member, Last December Will, Julien, and Diego went back to Argentina’s isolated “Calchaqui Valley” to visit our favorite winemakers and discover more wines. The footage they shot, edited by Julien, captures Argentina’s northwestern...

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What Will Happen to Australia’s Vineyards?

We’re keeping things short this week. Most of the team is busy sending out the Spanish wine collection. Sourced from 600-year-old cellars... hand-pruned vines so gnarled looking, they appear to burst forth from the rocky soil “in agony”... steep, narrow valleys with...

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World’s Oldest Vine (1769) Still Produces Grapes!

***This week, Julien is preparing the virtual wine tasting for our Spanish collection, which is being shipped as we write. His regular lesson series will resume next week.*** The Spanish don’t fear time. They eat late. They sleep late. The women seem to grow more...

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