Daily Archives: August 5, 2019

Larkmead Vineyards: Single site, multiple terroirs

An ancient gravel riverbed lies beneath Larkmead’s vineyard. Napa Valley had a rich wine history long before Prohibition, and three of the most celebrated wineries from that bygone era – Inglenook, Beaulieu Vineyards and Beringer – are still famous today. Larkmead Vineyards at a glance Location Calistoga AVA, Napa Valley Founded 1895 Proprietors Cam and Kate Solari Baker Winemaker Dan …

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Chile vintage 2019: Promising vintage but yield drops across Chile

Coming off of the back of what many consider the best vintage of the last decade, 2019 was always going to suffer in comparison. Although winemakers consider 2019 a very good vintage in terms of quality, temperature spikes in the summer and a winter drought compounded to produce lower yields. There are still no official statistics from the Ministry of …

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Daily Wine News: A Matter of Taste

(Flickr: piker77) “When people have been through wine exams, or train as winemakers, they have a fixed notion of what wine should be. This is seen most clearly when it comes to discussions on natural wines, and their supposed faultiness,” writes Jamie Goode on his blog. “We are all different and we are all free to own our own preferences. …

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Vinography Images: Welcome Mat

Welcome Mat LOMPOC, CA: A thick fog bank hangs along the Sta. Rita Hills above the orderly green Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, which looks for all its regularity like a welcome mat for the cool onshore breezes near Lompoc, California. The vineyard produces some of Santa Barbara’s most recognizable Pinot Noir. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 5, 2019

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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We become attached to rules we have learned

It’s amazing how attached we become to rules that we’ve learned. Take the split infinitive. ‘To boldly go,’ is – to those who learned grammar in school – technically wrong, because the infinitive has been split. For many people, this is a big deal, and they are upset when they are told that even Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage …

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