Cedro Do Noval 2009: A Touch Of The Rhône In Portugal

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    7 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    Looking Beyond Local #MWWC12 Troon, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Applegate Valley, Oregon 2008

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    7 readers - By WAYWARD WINE

      Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

      Nova Cadamatre - - 6 readers - Like a duck gliding slowly, wings spread wide, feet reaching for landing on a pond, we are slowly coming to the end of an extremely fast harvest. Last week we saw extreme temperatures. Extreme cold in the mid 40s and extreme heat in the mid 90s. I have seen some vineyards in Calistoga with frost damage at this point and that only reconfirms my belief that the season is coming to a close.

      Napa Valley Earthquake & Drought Help Deliver High Quality 2014 Wine Harvest

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      Beaune Vineyards: EU Austerity Drinking Tour: Nuiton-Beaunoy, Burgundy, France

      WAYWARD WINE - - 4 readers - After much delay, our EU Austerity Drinking Tour continues. 131 continuous days of travel, drinking, eating, and drinking our way through Europe has worn us out. But somehow, we keep striving in Burgundy. Today, we visit Beaune: wine capital of Bourgogne and possibly the world: But we’ll delve into Beaune’s history next Monday. The gates of famous wineries frame our entry into town.

      Autumn’s Claire-ity [sic]

      Roz's small fry Blog - - 2 readers - RBuchanan photo: View south over Okanagan Lake toward Summerland, Naramata and Peachland as autumn arrives. Lately when it comes to my personal blog, I’ve been following the first half of Ernest Hemingway’s advice well. However, I’ve not been delivering so much on the second part of his advice to “Live it up so you can write it down.

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      By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      José Maria da Fonseca: Portuguese Pride

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      2 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Autumn’s Claire-ity [sic]

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      2 readers - By Roz's small fry Blog

      Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

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      6 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      Final harvest for Paul Champoux

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      7 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Harvest 2014: Week 9 – So Where Are We Going to Put That?

      … high brix harvest that I had feared. Flavor concentration still looks good so that is a blessing. I couldn’t help but think about anyone doing dessert wines because I bet this year would be stellar for botrytis and combined with the ripe fruit concentration that was reached before the rain, it has the potential to be a fantastic year for desserts…

      1 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      Catch the Crush a Yakima Valley harvest tradition

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      5 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      How to Make Grape Juice

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      2 readers - By Michelle Leonardson/ WineDineDIY

      The Wines Of Uruguay (Part 3)

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      1 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Weekly Wine Quiz #115: Grape Trivia – Muscat

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