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The Brilliance of Canadian Chardonnay

Less than an hour from Buffalo, New York, some of the best Chardonnay I've tasted in years is being made, and practically no one in America knows about it. If Americans think of anything when it comes to Canadian wine, they almost always think of icewine. Show More Summary

Warm Up: The North Fork of Long Island

Driving on the North Fork. Photo by Erin Scala. 10,000 years ago, when humans in the Fertile Crescent were just switching from nomadic to agricultural societies and civilizations began to spring up, a glacier retreated northward over New York and left behind unique soils, especially on Long Island's Forks. Show More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards

Episode 281 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards, a family-run estate on the North Fork of Long Island, New York. The truth about America is that most of its citizens are prohibited...Show More Summary

2015 Family Winemakers Tasting: August 16, San Francisco

Size isn't everything, they say, but sometimes it's mighty impressive. The yearly Family Winemakers tasting in San Francisco has as one of its many claims to fame that it is the single largest tasting of California wines in the world. Show More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Ryan Looper of T. Edward Wines

Episode 280 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Ryan Looper of T. Edward Wines, a wine wholesaler and importer in New York. This episode is a behind-the-scenes look at a distribution and wholesale sales world that most consumers of wine probably never imagine exists. Show More Summary

Lost Treasures in the Sierra Foothills: The Wines of Renaissance Vineyards

Soon after gold was discovered in California in 1848, and word spread east, more than 80,000 prospectors descended upon the foothills of the Sierra's in search of their fortunes. Most only found hardship and broken dreams. Almost asShow More Summary

Warm Up: The Wachau

The ruins of the Dürnstein Castle. Five to ten thousand years ago, grape vines first made their way up the Danube as they traveled with groups of people to northern parts of Europe. But during the height of the Roman Empire, EmperorShow More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Leo Alzinger of Weingut Alzinger

Episode 279 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Leo Alzinger, Jr. of Weingut Alzinger in Austria's Wachau Valley. This is an excellent interview to listen to if you think you have already heard it all about Grüner Veltliner, because I guarantee that there are some notes in the discussion that you won't have heard before. Show More Summary

Petaluma Gap Wine Tasting: August 8th, Petaluma, CA

The American Viticultural Area system that defines the legal geographic origins and labeling restrictions for American wine is, like all such political constructions, deeply flawed. The process of creating an AVA can just as easily be driven by money as it can genuine viticultural differences. Show More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Monica Samuels of Vine Connections

Episode 278 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Monica Samuels of the importer Vine Connections. This interview covers a lot of ground concerning the sake world, from styles of sake to methods of production to terminology to the historical and current market for the product. Show More Summary

Vinography Images: Cool Climate Chardonnay

Cool Climate Chardonnay OKANAGAN FALLS, CANADA: Steep hillside vineyards at the See Ya Later Ranch slope downward with a view toward Penticton and the lower lake on June 6, 2013 in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, Canada. Located across the U.S. Show More Summary

Vinography and The Essence of Wine Shortlisted for the Roederer Awards

Hello everyone. Brief tangent from the normal wine commentary to announce that Vinography was shortlisted this week in two categories at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards, one of the most prestigious awards bodies in the business. Show More Summary

2015 West Sonoma Coast Wine Festival: July 31 - August 2, Sebastopol, CA

Cool climate has become a popular catchphrase in the world of wine, thanks, in part, to global warming trends that threaten some popular wine regions' abilities to produce their traditional wines in the same styles to which they are accustomed. Show More Summary

Warm Up: How Wine Grapes Got to Australia

The first vinifera vines were brought to Australia from South Africa in 1788. They came with the First Fleet, a group of 11 British ships that sailed for about 250 days to establish a penal colony in Australia. Before sailing acrossShow More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Alister Purbrick of Tahbilk Winery

Episode 277 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Alister Purbrick of Tahbilk winery in Australia's Barossa Valley. This interview charts a history of an estate that goes back to the early 19th century, and of an Australian wine industry that exploded in the 1980s. Show More Summary

Pacific Northwest Swelters

It's not so much of a heat wave as it is a suffocating blanket. Until yesterday, 14 July, the Walla Walla Valley in Eastern Washington State had a record-breaking 15 out of 16 days of temperatures above 100 °F/38 °C, with two days in...Show More Summary

Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 12, 2015

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's tasting included three recent releases from one of my favorite Pinot Noir producers in California, Ross Cobb. Show More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Ryan Mills-Knapp of Le District Restaurant

Episode 276 of I'll Drink to That has been released, and features Ryan Mills-Knapp of Le District, a restaurant and retail outlet in Lower Manhattan. Ryan Mills-Knapp is the Beverage Director of the restaurant and retail complex Le District...Show More Summary

Krug: A Quintessence of Champagne

When, in 1989, Olivier Krug became the sixth generation of his family to work at the Champagne house that bears their name, his grandfather gave him a tattered, leather-bound book. "One day you have to read this," he said. The book was...Show More Summary

Vinography Images: Peck Peck Pest Control

Peck Peck Pest Control BUELLTON, CA: Chickens are let loose in the vineyard as a natural pest control mechanism at Ampelos Cellars in the Santa Rita Hills Buellton, California. Because of its close proximity to Southern California and...Show More Summary

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