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  1. 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.

  2. Austin Winery: American Winemakers in an Urban City

    Austin Winery: American Winemakers in an Urban City

    The fellas at Austin Winery are anything but traditional winemakers. Cooper Anderson and Ross McLauchlan are navigating the wine world by following their own north star, as neither come to winemaking natively. It’s a path chosen rather than given, self taught, these gentlemen have encompassed in ten years what takes some wineries generations to obtain. Mastering first ‘conventional’ winemaking, then rolling the dice and taking a chance on a more natural, terroir driven approach. As proof by their wine portfolio, they are creating fun and interesting wines by interpreting others' winemaking styles in their own way and giving them a proper Texas twist by sourcing all their organic fruit within state lines.

    They’re on their way to prestige and taking their tribe with them along the way, emboldening their team to try their own hands at creating the good juice under the Austin Winery Umbrella, with a ‘what is good for them, is good for us’ philosophy and even displaying their friend’s artwork on th...

  3. Barbara Gross of Cooper Mountain Vineyards: Talking Oregon Organics and the Future of Communication in the Wine Industry

    Barbara Gross of Cooper Mountain Vineyards: Talking Oregon Organics and the Future of Communication in the Wine Industry

    Cooper Mountain Vineyards is a winery ahead of the curve in the Willamette Valley, being certified organic since the early '90s.  Barbara Gross, co-owner and operator, sat down to speak with me about growing up on a Willamette vineyard, finding her place among the vines, and maintaining the spirit of the vineyard through the good times and the bad. 

  4. A New Approach to Skin Contact in Friuli: Alessandro Job of Villa Job

    A New Approach to Skin Contact in Friuli: Alessandro Job of Villa Job

    "Objective is the wine that all the people would like to drink. Subjective is a more personal wine, a personal trip. So it's a more intimate way to produce and to speak with the people." Alessandro Job
  5. Understanding Slovenian Wine: Interview with Martin Gruzovin of Guerila

    Understanding Slovenian Wine: Interview with Martin Gruzovin of Guerila

    "My grandfather changed his passport three times from 1926 when he was born, until he died 10 years ago." Martin Gruzovin of Guerila on the political turmoil that impacts Slovenian winemaking culture.
  6. Francesco Cirelli Is Walking on the Wild Side in Abruzzo

    Francesco Cirelli Is Walking on the Wild Side in Abruzzo

    "In Abruzzo, the king and queen are Montepulciano and Trebbiano, so we have been cultivating these grapes for thousands of years." Francesco Cirelli
  7. From America's Cup Sailing to Making Roussanne: Stephan Kandler of Chateau Tourril

    From America's Cup Sailing to Making Roussanne: Stephan Kandler of Chateau Tourril

    "When I came, as well, I made the decision to keep the hundred-year-old Carignan, which was the big production grape in the past, in the Languedoc." Stephan Kandler of Chateau Tourril on the evolution of wine in the Languedoc
  8. Kareem Massoud, Paumanok Vineyards in Long Island

    Kareem Massoud, Paumanok Vineyards in Long Island

    Kareem Massoud winemaker at Paumanok Vineyards in Long Island is making some very serious Chenin Blanc.
  9. Felipe Tosso Winemaker at Ventisquero in Chile

    Felipe Tosso Winemaker at Ventisquero in Chile

    "In a certain way I chose him as a consultant winemaker, and he chose us, saying, “Okay, I’ll work with you guys. You have something I would like to work with. I think it is something exciting.” Felipe Tosso on working with famed Penfolds winemaker John Duval
  10. Viviana Navarrete Winemaker at Viña Leyda

    Viviana Navarrete Winemaker at Viña Leyda

    Viña Leyda has been described by Decanter Magazine as "one of Chile´s finest producers, exemplary for its consistently rewarding cool-climate wines that offer outstanding value for money and wonderful diversity."
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