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    Fall Creek Vineyards was the first winery in the Texas Hill Country region to open in 1975. Their original oenologist was the famed André Tchelistcheff. Grape Collective talks to Director of Winemaking at Fall Creek Vineyards, Sergio Cuadra and owner Ed Auler.

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    Eric Asimov in the New York Times on a hot new NYC restaurant focused on natural wines. "The wine director, Jorge Riera, has put together a list that is entirely, uncompromisingly, focused on natural wines, a controversial genre in which the grapes are farmed organically at the least, and the wine produced with minimal artifice or manipulation."

    The LA Times on what's wrong with rosé wine. "Rosé is, in short, no longer a wine. It's a lifestyle ornament, a Cosmo made from grapes, a catchphrase, a punch line (rosé o'clock, rosé all day. brosé), a poolside accessory, an excuse for all-day day-drinking, a thing to pound, to pose with, to signify on social media how much fun you're having."

    Bloomberg evaluates the best and worst of the 2017 Bordeaux vintage. "The word I heard over and over again was “surprise.” The outstanding quality of wines from “not-frosted” vineyards is way better than everyone expected, given the challenges of the vintage."

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    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that wine legend Heitz sells to an Arkansas billionaire. “It’s hopefully the first of many investments that he makes,” Boyd said of his new boss. “He’s looking at vineyard acquisitions, he’s looking at other winery acquisitions. He is certainly excited by our industry.”

    Rising cannabis use could cut into wine consumption reports Forbes. "The report notes that “every demographic group expected their marijuana consumption to rise, but the rise was especially significant among women and older, wealthier consumers,” which makes sense because “these individuals conceivably have the most to lose [like mortgages or higher-paying jobs] if caught using [or] possessing illegal drugs."

    The North Bay Business Journal profiles Trinchero Estates the fourth largest wine producer in the US. "The family bought Sutter Home Winery in 1947, and a fluke “stuck” fermentation of zinfandel led to a sweet rosé released as “white zinfandel” in 1975. That wine became a top-selling premium wine by 1989."

    The Associated Press visits the Columbia River Gorge wine country in Oregon. "Wine tasting in the region is a relaxing contrast to the Willamette Valley south of Portland, where traffic and crowded tasting rooms can detract from the experience."

    Decanter contemplates tasting notes. "A tasting note about a finished, bottled wine needs to give an accurate reflection of what someone will find when they pull the cork."

    The Drinks Businesson how climate change will change Bordeaux. "The Bordeaux of 2050 could be much fruitier, may not have the same capacity for ageing and could have a lower alcohol content, a Bordeaux winemaker and oenologist has warned."

    Seven Fifty Daily on hyper-focused wine clubs. "Wynkoop loves ferreting out small producers that the wine-drinking public would otherwise not know about, saying, “I like to call myself a little PR agency for the small guys.”

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    Atlas Obscura asks is it a good idea to buy the second cheapest wine on the list?

    The Wine Enthusiast on the beginners guide to natural wine. " Others feel that to introduce rules and regulations to natural wine would contradict the category’s grassroots, anti-bureaucratic, rebellious spirit."

    New York Magazine on the best wine books according to sommeliers. “Kermit Lynch was one of the first major importers of great French wine into the States,” Betts explains, “and his tales of grand feasts, cold cellar tastings, and navigating the world of the wine merchant are a lovely treat.”

    The New Yorker on a wine for Coachella. "In June, 2015, Electric Sky débuted at the Electric Daisy Carnival, in Las Vegas, selling four-cup “stacks” for thirty-five dollars a pop at concession stands. The brand has since saturated the country’s most popular music festivals like Merlot on a white couch."

    Decanter reports "Tributes have been paid to Leonildo 'Nino' Pieropan, a pioneer of Soave wine quality in Italy and widely respected winemaker, who has died aged 71."

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    Dorothy J. Gaiter on the attributes that make a great wine bar - and her discovery of Uvaggio in Miami.

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    The timeless, fog-shrouded hills of Italy’s Piedmont are dotted with legendary vineyards and known for the magnificent wines that come from them. They are not, however, noted for much organic or biodynamic viticulture. Annette Hilberg and her husband Michelangelo Pasquero are on a mission to change this. Recently, Hilberg visited Grape Collective in New York for a conversation about her decades-long study of the lessons nature has to teach us and what this means for the Hilberg-Pasquero wines.

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    Unscathed by the deadly California wildfires, Tracy Nielsen tell us how her wines will continue to tell their story in the glass.

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    "So now over the past three or four years, we see low winter temperatures, instead of 16 below, we see them three below, and what that means is all of the vinifera will survive without trunk renewal. It's a massive change."Michael Migliore on climate change impacting Hudson Valley grapes

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    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Dustin Wilson's retail wine ship Verve Wine has opened in San Francisco. "We know that the market in San Francisco is really great for the kind of wines we’re into,” Wilson says, describing Verve’s inventory as leaning toward small, family-owned wineries who “represent well their place in the world,” typically working with sustainable practices."

    Decanter reports on a Bordeaux wine merchant has been found guilty of wrongly labelling significant quantities of Bordeaux appellation wine and must pay a 200,000 fine. "In one of the biggest wine fraud scandals to hit Bordeaux, GVG had been accused of deception by producing an estimated 6,000 hectolitres of wine – 600,000 litres – that had been ‘mixed illegally or without traceability’, the tribunal was told at a hearing in March this year."


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    "Sancerre and Coteaux du Giennois belong to the same wine area “Vins du Centre Loire”, we have the same type of soils with all their specificities and the same grapes." Emmanuel Charrier of Domaine de l’Epineau

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