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  1. Antonia Mrgudić of the Bura-Mrgudić Winery on Dingač, Croatia’s Top Vineyard Site

    Antonia Mrgudić of the Bura-Mrgudić Winery on Dingač, Croatia’s Top Vineyard Site

    The Bura-Mrgudić winery, nestled in the heart of Croatia's stunning Pelješac peninsula wine region, epitomizes the country's rich winemaking heritage and commitment to quality. Founded by the Bura and Mrgudić families who have been cultivating vineyards for over a century, the winery focuses on traditional winemaking techniques that aim to capture the essence of the local terroir.

  2.  The Chemistry of Flavor – and How Dr. Allison Came to Study Canned Wine

    The Chemistry of Flavor – and How Dr. Allison Came to Study Canned Wine

    We recently met Rachel Allison, 34, who has a doctorate in wine flavor chemistry from Cornell University. A paper she co-authored there, about the formation of reductive, off aromas (rotten eggs) in canned wines, was selected 2024 Best Enology Paper by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. The organization will celebrate her and her co-authors at this year’s conference in June in Portland. She works in Manhattan at a large management consulting company. 

  3. Corsica's Domaine Giacometti, Making Expressive Wines in Untamed Territory

    Corsica's Domaine Giacometti, Making Expressive Wines in Untamed Territory

    It takes guts to uproot yourself and start a new venture in a secluded and remote location—a desert, no less. But that's exactly what Christian Giacometti did in 1987. Purchasing vines planted in northern Corsica in 1966, he founded a winery within the arid Agriates Desert, a protected site bordering the Mediterranean Sea practically untouched by human development.

  4. Storybook Mountain: Fire Destroyed Its Wine Library. Then Something Good Happened

    Storybook Mountain: Fire Destroyed Its Wine Library. Then Something Good Happened

    We were at the final dinner of the 2024 Wine Writers Symposium in Napa recently when we met Jerry Seps, pioneering founder and winemaker of much-awarded Storybook Mountain Vineyards Winery, north of Calistoga. We thanked him for his work in ZAP, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers, which has kept one of our favorite grapes and early loves in the public eye for decades.

  5. Vahagn Gevorkian of Gevorkian Winery on Armenian Wine Tradition and Making Armenia’s First Pèt-Nat

    Vahagn Gevorkian of Gevorkian Winery on Armenian Wine Tradition and Making Armenia’s First Pèt-Nat

    Grape Collective talks to Vahagn Gevorkian about his wine journey and the future of Armenian wine. 

  6. ‘Guess who got the wine in the divorce?’ Tales from OTBN 2024

    ‘Guess who got the wine in the divorce?’ Tales from OTBN 2024

    This is what OTBN is all about – life, friends, love and wines that tell stories, hold memories. We invented OTBN a quarter-century ago because all of us have wines that are so special to us and, in some cases, we can’t bear to open them because they are too precious. Our advice: Let those memories out. Any time is a great time to uncork those bottles, but we understand that sometimes we need support, and that’s what the OTBN community is all about.

  7. Jean Mestreguilhem of Château Pipeau on the Terroir of Saint-Émilion

    Jean Mestreguilhem of Château Pipeau on the Terroir of Saint-Émilion

    Grape Collective talks with fourth-generation winemaker Jean Mestreguilhem about the unique character of Saint-Émilion wines. 

  8. Because wine is, after all, my love language

    Because wine is, after all, my love language

    Dear love, I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me, and how there aren’t enough words to express this. But I am a flawed human. I may not always be on time with the flowers, helping out with the chores, keeping places tidy and neat, or quick to understand what you need most when you’re busy. 

     

    Despite all that, there is one thing I am good at: picking out the wine for our evening. 

    Because wine is, after all, my love language.

  9. AI for Wine Suggestions? Thoughts From the Writers’ Symposium

    AI for Wine Suggestions? Thoughts From the Writers’ Symposium

    Where do you get advice on what wine to buy? There was a time, not long ago, when many people embraced a simple answer: “This got a 97!” Then numbers became so ubiquitous that they became meaningless, but, regardless, can wine really be reduced to ...

  10. Robert Eden of Château Maris: Restoring Virtuous Circles Within The Soil

    Robert Eden of Château Maris: Restoring Virtuous Circles Within The Soil

    Grape Collective discusses organic and biodynamic viticulture with Robert Eden at Château Maris.

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