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  1. Daughters on the Rise: Dad Will Listen; Just Give Him Time

    Daughters on the Rise: Dad Will Listen; Just Give Him Time

    At wineries, parents and their offspring who have joined them in the business can have fraught relationships. And sometimes their disagreements are elemental: They are about grapes, nature. We have no way of proving this, but it seems to us that more generations are leaving their wineries, or the winemaking, to their daughters, and that creates a particular kind of dynamic. (We have two daughters, so we know something about this.) 

  2. Bodega Trivento and the Evolving Identity of Argentina’s Wine

    Bodega Trivento and the Evolving Identity of Argentina’s Wine

    In the business of wine, once a region establishes an identity, it can be hard for producers to venture past that boundary. But with Bodega Trivento (“Trivento”), one of Argentina’s most successful single varie...

  3. Keeping It in the Family: Next Generation Successes in Napa Valley

    Keeping It in the Family: Next Generation Successes in Napa Valley

    ...we identified six of Napa's iconic family-owned wineries and vineyards established in the 1970s and 1980s that have significant next-generation involvement. We sent an invitation to the founding owners and their children asking them to participate in a conversation about their "Generational Transition," and the career paths of the children who have become involved. We also asked their advice for those who might be considering a generational transition.

  4. Cabernet Franc on the Hudson: Why Wineries Are Taking the Risk

    Cabernet Franc on the Hudson: Why Wineries Are Taking the Risk

    A vitis vinifera, Cabernet Franc is one of the world’s great grapes, of course, a fundamental building block of great Bordeaux and Bordeaux blends around the world. It’s the standout red grape in the Loire region of France, used to make stunning Chinon. We've been fans of Cab Franc from Long Island, N.Y., for many years and have had some outstanding examples from California.

  5. Samra Morris of Alma Rosa, and the Dream of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara

    Samra Morris of Alma Rosa, and the Dream of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara

    Grape Collective talks to Samra Morris about her path to wine and her winemaking philosophy.

  6. Alsace’s Philippe Blanck: “This is a Work in Progress”

    Alsace’s Philippe Blanck: “This is a Work in Progress”

    We’ve been drinking wines from Alsace for decades and have especially enjoyed those from Domaine Paul Blanck in Kientzheim. So it was wonderful to finally meet Philippe Blanck, who runs the business now with his cousin Frédéric. 

     

  7. A Beginner’s Guide to Canada’s ‘Cool’ Wines: The Surprisingly Warm British Columbia

    A Beginner’s Guide to Canada’s ‘Cool’ Wines: The Surprisingly Warm British Columbia

    Last time when we wrote about wines from Canada, the diversity and quality of the cool climate wines from Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula came as a great revelation, as the winemakers there have been on a long and relentless path of expressing their unique identity. This time, we look to the West Coast around 2,000 miles away, where British Columbia quietly boasts some of the warmest (and dryest) growing conditions in Canada, with some parts getting more sunlight than Napa Valley at its peak!

  8. The Wine Glass: Half Full? You Decide

    The Wine Glass: Half Full? You Decide

    These are the times that try people’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in these crises, shrink from the service of their world. (Sincere apologies to Thomas Paine, The American Crisis.) As our daughter Zoë would say, “Word.”

    We’re not going to list all of the crises that are visiting our planet. Even if we could, before you finished reading this there surely would be many more to add to it. But if we are to stay here, all of us together, we must find a way to proceed. Yes, you are in the right place. This is a wine column. We think our collective explorations with wines can help us all weather these distressing times. There are life-affirming lessons in those bottles, and no, we’re not suggesting that you rush to get to the bottom of them. We’re suggesting a meditation on what wine can mean.

     

  9. Chateau de Saint Cosme: Wines That Reflect Gigondas' Distinctive Soils

    Chateau de Saint Cosme: Wines That Reflect Gigondas' Distinctive Soils

    Grape Collective's Lisa Denning sat down with Château de Saint Cosme winemaker Nicolas Chevrol, who has been working with Barruol since 2016, to discuss the teroir of Gigondas and the winery's hands-off approach to winemaking.

  10. Tablas Creek Rosé and the Eclipse: Listen to Your Mother

    Tablas Creek Rosé and the Eclipse: Listen to Your Mother

    Whenever we have a wine that strikes us deeply, we know there’s a story we want to hear. We have found Jason Haas, the second-generation partner and general manager of Tablas Creek, to be particularly thoughtful and eloquent over the years. So we called him to learn more about this wine – and, of course, it turns out that the story begins with his mother, Barbara, now 83. The following has been edited for length. 

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