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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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Examples of Tête de Cuvée

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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Pinot Noir: A Primer

Pinot Noir: A Primer


Posted on Oct 2, 2019

Oregon Willamette Valley wine country

Pinot Noir grapes on the vine.

Pinot Noir makes, in our view, one of the most unique wines of all. This in spite of the fact that it is notoriously difficult to grow and can be maddeningly inconsistent from one vintage to the next. Yet, it is generally priced higher on average than other wines and in fact tops the auctions in terms of the prices it can fetch. Perhaps more than any other wine, it attracts the most ardent followers.

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