A World of Rosé

Rosés have long been a favorite wine style in France and in many European countries and it is a growing category in the wine business. I would assume that European growth began when vacationers tasted Rosé wines during their summer vacation on the Riviera or in the Languedoc and slowly started to drink it back at home […]

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Oregon and Washington: The Inexpensive Way to Access 90 Pointers

The Wine Spectator just released an interesting compilation of statistics about what it costs to get a 90 point wine in different regions (Wine Spectator Members click here – no membership required link). I think it is intriguing to see what an average a 90 points or above cost. Below is a chart summarizing their work. Fascinating to […]

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Oregon Pinot – Thoughts from a French Winemaker

I have always had a soft spot for Burgundy. Growing up in Lyon, we always drank Burgundies on special occasions. My first winery job as a teen was in Burgundy. It is this summer job, in the village of Mercurey in the heart of the Cote Chalonnaise, that gave me the desire to work in […]

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2016 – A New Ice Wine Harvest

  That is it! Our latest ice wine grapes were picked on December 16th, 2016 under a beautiful winter sun – oh and a little snow on the ground and a brisk 8°F outside – brrr. The conditions were perfect even though the crop was small – probably no more than 2,500 bottles for this […]

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The Road to Claim the Title: Master of Wine

  I don’t typically write personal story blogs often, okay never, but it seems that many people have been somewhat interested in the Master of Wine certification journey I have been on since 2013. So here is a comprehensive post describing what the Institute of Master of Wine is all about, what it takes to […]

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