The wine journal

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

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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Introducing Your Spanish Wines!

“Nearly perfect,” pronounced winemaker Julien Miquel when he tasted our “Papa” wine from a little-known Spanish region called Valdeorras. We thought so too. And in fact, the Valdeorras region is already recieving rave reviews among critics. Says Julien: “this is going...

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Celtic Spain

If Spanish wine is a story of rivers – the Ebro in Rioja, the Duero in Ribera – then Galicia is the story of the Sil river, which also originates in the Cantabrian mountains, but flows due west out toward the Atlantic Ocean, slicing deep, narrow canyons into the...

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Did you happen to catch this at the Golden Globes?

Last Sunday, Hollywood’s elite gathered at the world-famous Beverly Hills Hilton to eat vegan food (oh, Los Angeles…), hand out awards, and most importantly… drink some rather familiar-looking wines…The dinner menu and wine list from the Golden Globes ceremonyIn case...

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Feliz Año Nuevo!

Feliz Año Nuevo! We begin this new year with the matter of Spain. Most people don’t give it a second thought as a wine region. Until we recently, we’ll admit we’d only tasted Rioja, the most famous of their denominacións de origen (the Spanish equivalent of the French...

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