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  1. País in Chile, Mission in L.A.: Everything Old Is New Again

    País in Chile, Mission in L.A.: Everything Old Is New Again

    We hopped the M10 to attend a tasting in Harlem recently. We had no idea the bus would transport us to a different time. We were on our way to sample wines from Chile. Among the wineries represented, one named Santa Rosa de Lavaderos, from the Maule Valley in central Chile, was offering a vertical – 2018, 2020, 2022 – of its País. País? We rushed over.

  2. Giuseppe Vaira of G.D. Vajra: championing an organic spirit in Barolo

    Giuseppe Vaira of G.D. Vajra: championing an organic spirit in Barolo

    “At the heart of the G.D. Vajra Winery, occupying some of the highest land in Barolo, is an unquenchable, countercultural movement.”

    Joe Campanale ...

  3. Inside the World’s Largest All-Texas Wine List: ‘We Said to Hell With the Nay-Sayers’

    Inside the World’s Largest All-Texas Wine List: ‘We Said to Hell With the Nay-Sayers’

    Meet Ross Burtwell, executive chef and owner of Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg, Texas, and the grill’s wine director, Elizabeth Rodriguez  Burtwell and his wife, Mariana, bought the Cabernet Grill in 2002 and, just four years later, decided to replace the international wine menu with an all-Texas list.

  4. Alberto Graci: Champion of Mount Etna Wine Traditions

    Alberto Graci: Champion of Mount Etna Wine Traditions

    Alberto Graci grew up experiencing winemaking through his grandfather who had made wine from family vineyards in central Sicily.  He was working as an investment banker in Milan when the death of his grandfather brought him back to Sicily and to wine.

  5. African American Vintners and a Powerful Word for the Future

    African American Vintners and a Powerful Word for the Future

    We were at the Association of African American Vintners’ 20th anniversary celebration in Oakland, Napa and Sonoma. Twenty years ago, three vintners – Edward Lee “Mac” McDonald, Vance Sharp and Dr. Ernest Bates – came together as the first members of an audacious undertaking, an association of Black winemakers. Audacious because at the time, Black faces were rare throughout the global wine industry. Although the number of Black people in the wine world is growing, from vineyard workers to those who make it and who sell it, of the more than 11,000 wineries in the U.S., fewer than one percent are owned by Black people or have a Black winemaker. 

  6. Iris Rideau: A Pioneer Gets Her Due ‘Because People Want to Know Now’

    Iris Rideau: A Pioneer Gets Her Due ‘Because People Want to Know Now’

    Iris Duplantier Rideau is a legend and, at 85 years old, is finally getting the attention she deserves. She is Creole, born in New Orleans of mixed cultures and race; became a prominent businesswoman and social activist in Los Angeles; and then opened Rideau Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara, becoming the first Black woman to own a commercial winery in the U.S.

     

  7. Nicolas Ottin of Ottin Elio on the Beauty and Uniqueness of Italy's High Altitude Valle d'Aosta Vineyards

    Nicolas Ottin of Ottin Elio on the Beauty and Uniqueness of Italy's High Altitude Valle d'Aosta Vineyards

    Ottin Elio, based in Aosta, is a small family winery and farm that works organically mostly focused around native varietals. In addition to wine they also farm apples and breed cattle. Grape Collective talks to Nicolas Ottin about the family farm and the evolution of the Valle d'Aosta.

  8. Tasting Texas: Tempranillo, Tourism and Tesla

    Tasting Texas: Tempranillo, Tourism and Tesla

    We toured Texas Wine Country for a few days and here are some brief impressions from first-time visitors.

    --Texas’s signature red will be Tempranillo and white will be Viognier – or not. We’re starting with this because it’s marvelously controversial. Texas is so large that many in the industry don’t think it needs or can have a signature. We’d argue that wine regions require one or two to cut through the noise: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec from Argentina, and even New Mexico sparkling wine, for instance. “You do want to be known for something,” said Patrick Connelly, general manager of highly respected Becker Vineyard...

  9. Keeping Sicilian Tradition and Resurrecting Forgotten Varietals with Massimo Padova of Riofavara

    Keeping Sicilian Tradition and Resurrecting Forgotten Varietals with Massimo Padova of Riofavara

    Turning on to the drive leading up to the Riofavara Vineyards in Val di Noto, the first thing you notice is all the plant and animal life thriving around you. The biodiversity on the vineyard is evident from the gate, butterflies abundant and flora in full bloom. Massimo Padova and his family have been growing vines for generations but only began bottling their own juice in 1993.

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