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Kevin White

Kevin White makes a compelling first impression which is full of interesting dualities. He’s soft-spoken yet his words are deliberate. His intelligence is obvious, but his humility accentuates a quiet confidence rather than arrogance. He leads a double life involved in both technology and wine. He looks more the part of ‘techie’, but his passion as a winemaker is obvious from the start.

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This series of articles will focus on the top wines from a number of Champagne Houses. In Champagne these top wines are referred to as that house’s “Tête de cuvée”. The Tête de Cuvée will be made from a strict selection of the best barrels from the best vineyard parcels. The Tête de Cuvée is very limited in production but it is very important to the Champagne house as it represents the best of the best, the crowning achievement that defines what the house is capable of.

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mendoza wine

Wine thievery in the barrel room.

One of the things that was particularly notable throughout our first trip to Argentina’s Mendoza wine region was the influence of the French. Whether directly through ownership, partnership, or through reputational excellence that wineries in Argentina wanted to emulate, wine producers from Bordeaux have recently invested heavily in the region with some terrific results such as Cheval des Andes. Bodega Catena Zapata managed to forge its own path in the local wine industry by, ironically, revitalizing a French varietal that they thought would flourish in the Mendoza region’s terroir.

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Altair Winery: A Chilean Star

Altair Winery: A Chilean Star


Posted on Jan 29, 2020

Vina San Pedro

The stunning view at Altair.

Altair is a special winery project within the much larger Vina San Pedro, Chile’s second largest winery. The project was formed in 2000 as a joint venture between Vina San Pedro and France’s Laurent Dassault. The idea was to combine some of Chile’s top terroir with top winemaking techniques coming out of Bordeaux to make world class wines from Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blends.

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Viña Santa Rita’s Hotel Casa Real

Viña Santa Rita’s Hotel Casa Real


Posted on Jan 22, 2020

Vina Santa Rita chile

Casa Real Hotel

Chile’s Maipo Valley is home to some of the most recognized wineries in the country. Arguably one of the most famous is Viña Santa Rita which is not only one of the oldest and largest wineries in Chile, it is home to one of the most spectacular hotels we have ever had the pleasure of staying at.

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Syrah: A Primer

Syrah: A Primer


Posted on Jan 15, 2020

Washington Wine

Washington State’s Force Majeure’s Syrah wine.

Syrah, also known as Shiraz (in Australia) is getting on more and more wine consumers’ radars. And for good reason. It can make delicious wine, it has long been a favourite among sommeliers, and is grown in many different regions that result in many different styles. Something for everyone! In this article we hope to give you what you need to know about Syrah, whether as an introduction to the wine or to expand your horizons.

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