Monthly Archives: August 2021

  1. Israel’s Eli Ben-Zaken on How to Harvest Optimism in This World

    Israel’s Eli Ben-Zaken on How to Harvest Optimism in This World

    The new year is always a good time to look forward as well as back and with Rosh Hashanah coming early this year, we thought we’d check in with Eli Ben-Zaken, one of Israel’s most revered winemakers. At a time when vintners across the globe have faced enormous challenges, he seems to have seen it all: war, heat, fires, climate change and COVID. What we wanted to know is: How does anyone stay optimistic anymore?

  2. Santa Barbara's Native Son:  Justin Willett

    Santa Barbara's Native Son: Justin Willett

    Justin talks to us about his most adventurous project to date and what it means to 'tread lightly' on your own home turf. 

  3. Eli Ben Zaken, Domaine du Castel

    Eli Ben Zaken, Domaine du Castel

    Domaine du Castel's Eli Ben Zaken
  4. Climate Change on Long Island: Fears of Flooding and Pierce's Disease

    Climate Change on Long Island: Fears of Flooding and Pierce's Disease

    The science is there. “Scientists say the Long Island of the future will have shorter, wetter winters and oppressively hot summers, with seas rising and storm surges so strong they will threaten beaches, salt water marshes and infrastructure." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher on the issues for New York winemakers as it relates to climage change.

  5. Rising Restaurant Star Charles Puglia Chats About Dashed Hopes, Deft Career Sidesteps, and the Shadowy World of Grey Market Wine

    Rising Restaurant Star Charles Puglia Chats About Dashed Hopes, Deft Career Sidesteps, and the Shadowy World of Grey Market Wine

    "The grey market is incredibly important. Distributors used to have older wine but then all of a sudden things changed and they’re just selling current releases, and if they’re selling “library wine,” wine that’s been aged at the estate, you’re buying at an outrageous markup. Obviously the provenance is going to be perfect, but it’s a huge markup and if you’re a restaurant you’ve got to make money on your wine list. You want to price it where it’s attractive enough that somebody’s actually going to buy the wine." -Charles Puglia

  6. VIA's Growing Number of Ambassadors Are Spreading the Gospel of Italian Wine

    VIA's Growing Number of Ambassadors Are Spreading the Gospel of Italian Wine

    VIA's Growing Number of Ambassadors Are Spreading the Gospel of Italian Wine
    "VIA operates under the auspices of Vinitaly International, the promotional arm of Vinitaly, an annual wine fair owned and run for 55 years by Veronafiere, an Italian exposition company." By Lisa Denning
     
  7. Uncovering the Natural Beauty of Valpolicella: Maddalena Pasqua di Bisceglie of Musella

    Uncovering the Natural Beauty of Valpolicella: Maddalena Pasqua di Bisceglie of Musella

    Grape Collective talked to Maddalena Pasqua di Bisceglie of Musella in Valpolicella about her natural approach to winemaking including some unusual methods such as placing speakers in the vineyards to play music to the vines and discusses the dragon which lives amongst them in the forest.

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