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  1. Domaine de BRAU and the New Look of Languedoc Wine

    Domaine de BRAU and the New Look of Languedoc Wine

    It's easy to see why the sun-drenched region of Languedoc in southern France holds such an enduring appeal to so many people. The charming villages, rolling green hills, sandy seaside and snow-capped mountains will tug at your heartstrings, making you wish...

  2. From South Africa to Oregon: Hamilton Russell Vineyards Brings 40 Years of Wine Producing Know-How

    From South Africa to Oregon: Hamilton Russell Vineyards Brings 40 Years of Wine Producing Know-How

    Anthony Hamilton Russell takes his restrained, spice and structure-driven style of winemaking to Oregon.

  3. Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia Brings Italian Soulfulness to Lake County

    Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia Brings Italian Soulfulness to Lake County

    The Lake County appellation is situated next door to the Napa Valley yet has a very different climate. It is much warmer and lacks the coastal influence that its more famous neighbor basks in. Lake County has mostly been known in the past for its bulk wine production, yet a new generation of winegrowers are beginning to figure out what the area’s different microclimates are capable of. These quality-minded producers are making smaller volumes of elegant wines, like those of Prima Materia.

  4. Brad Greatrix and Cherie Spriggs of Nyetimber are Leading The Way For English Sparkling Wine

    Brad Greatrix and Cherie Spriggs of Nyetimber are Leading The Way For English Sparkling Wine

    Nyetimber winery, situated in the rural heart of southern England, is considered one of the country’s top producers of traditional method sparkling wine; often lauded by wine critics like Jancis Robinson who said, in a 2016 article on her website that Nyetimber can now “take on Krug.” Thirty five years ago it wouldn't have been possible to make wine of this caliber in England—the weather was simply too cold. But today, due to the effects of climate change and rising temperatures, England has become a part of the world's wine conversation, particularly when it comes to sparkling wine.

  5. Chile's Matetic Vineyards: Making Coastal Wines That Are Turning Heads

    Chile's Matetic Vineyards: Making Coastal Wines That Are Turning Heads

    Matetic Vineyards is located in Chile's El Rosario Valley, a sub-valley of the larger San Antonio Valley, just a stone's throw from the Pacific Ocean. The Matetic family, originally from Croatia, arrived in Chile 100 years ago and found success as sheep and dairy farmers. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that they expanded into the wine business with the purchase of the estate. The family saw the potential of making great wines in an area of predominantly granitic soils despite the frequently challenging maritime weather conditions.

    “Chile’s cool Pacific coast is really extreme,” says Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Contributing Editor for South America. “It’s windy, dry, foggy, rugged and yet somehow represents a modern western frontier for Chilean winemakers and wineries who want to push limits and produce something particular and different than traditional Cabernets and such.”

    Matetic Vineyards, certified organic since 2004 and Demeter-certified biodynamic since 2012, is considered a pioneer of Chile's cool-climate Syrah but also produces solid examples of other varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. We spoke with Julio Bastias...

  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. Distinctly Greek! A New Style of Retsina Is Revitalizing One of the World’s Longest-Lived Wine Traditions

    Distinctly Greek! A New Style of Retsina Is Revitalizing One of the World’s Longest-Lived Wine Traditions

    The story of retsina wine can be traced back to ancient times, when wine was typically stored and transported in clay jugs called amphorae. In Greece, one of the world’s oldest winemaking civilizations, winemakers used thick resin from the abundantly-growing Aleppo pine trees to seal the amphorae and protect the wine from oxidation. Evidence of pine resin has been found in Greek wine amphorae dating back to the 13th century B.C.

  8. From the Soul of the Dolomites: Thomas Niedermayr - Hof Gandberg Natural Wines Are Perfectly Imperfect

    From the Soul of the Dolomites: Thomas Niedermayr - Hof Gandberg Natural Wines Are Perfectly Imperfect

    "Our wine surely has edges and corners, but not for the fact that it is made from Piwi but because they are handcrafted wines that speak of where they come from." Thomas Niedermayr

  9. Photos: Maison Albert Bichot

    The Treasure that Lies Beneath Their Feet: Maison Albert Bichot on Taking Care of the Soil, from Chablis to Beaujolais

    "Our goal is really to promote the different terroirs and to be able to show the little differences we have in the different climats." - Matthieu Mangenot, Maison Albert Bichot

  10. Family, Farming and Fermentation: Interview With Sarah Hedges Goedhart of Hedges Family Estate

    Family, Farming and Fermentation: Interview With Sarah Hedges Goedhart of Hedges Family Estate

    Washington State's Hedges Family Estate, a pioneer of the Red Mountain AVA, is crafting award-winning biodynamic wines.
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