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Terroir: A Primer

Terroir: A Primer


Posted on Apr 8, 2020

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One of the many amazing vineyard views in Stellenbosch.

Terroir is one of those words we often hear spoken in the wine world. Most of us have a vague sense of what it might mean, though many of us would be challenged to actually provide a proper definition for it. Terroir is very important to the quality of a wine, so it is worth exploring further. In this article we will put forward our definition of terroir and describe why it is so important to the world of wine.

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The barrel room at Achaval Ferrer.

If a wine enthusiast is playing a word association game and “Argentina” were to come up as a clue, he or she will likely say “Malbec”. On a recent trip to South America we discovered many other quality wines that Argentina produces, however, our visit to Achaval Ferrer certainly made us appreciate why Malbec is such a source of national pride.

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A wonderful memory captured at Polkura Winery in Chile.

COVID-19 affects everything. And just about everything it affects is more urgent than this article. But that does not mean this article is not important. It is important that we get a little bit of a respite from the daily….no, hourly…barrage of news about this pandemic. It is important that during these times of self-isolation and mandated isolation that we reach out to other humans and tell them our stories and listen to theirs. If we must remain isolated, it becomes all the more important that we not become disconnected.

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Paul Lato Wines: Follow Your Bliss

Paul Lato Wines: Follow Your Bliss


Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Santa Maria valley wines

Paul Lato

From the numerous interviews we’ve done over the years, we’ve learned that the journey of a winemaker is rarely an easy one. Paul Lato definitely took the road less travelled and the challenges he faced almost forced him to give up pursuing his dream. Thankfully he persisted, and when you taste his wines you’ll be as grateful as we are that he did.

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Au Bon Climat: Lunch with Legends

Au Bon Climat: Lunch with Legends


Posted on Mar 11, 2020

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Barrel tasting at Au Bon Climat.

We were very privileged to be invited to lunch at Au Bon Climat, one of the true pioneers of the Santa Barbara County wine scene. We drove up to the winery with high expectations but ended up in an experience that well exceeded what we thought we may encounter.

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Matt Dees: Taking Wine to The Hilt

Matt Dees: Taking Wine to The Hilt


Posted on Mar 4, 2020

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Winemaker Matt Dees

As the winemaker behind Jonata, The Hilt and The Paring, Matt Dees’ reputation as a terrific winemaker easily precedes him. Meeting him and getting a glimpse behind Matt Dees, the person, quickly turned into a fascinating discussion that covered everything from vineyards and sedimentary rock, to Rock ‘n Roll and cellist Pablo Casals.

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