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50 in 50 #1: Oklahoma — Nuyaka Creek Winery


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS

When you think of Oklahoma, what do you think of? I think about college football, the New Orleans Hornets (who played most of their games in Oklahoma City this season) and the musical that shares the state’s name.
I don’t think about wine. Do you?
Maybe we should, there are over thirty wineries in the […]

How I Got In the Wine Business — and How You Can


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
There is a certain type of wine lover for whom the simple enjoyment of the beverage just isnt enough. They need to be closer to the wine. They want to work in the wine business. For the fortunate ones, this means buying their way in by purchasing a vineyard, a winery or other […]

Gewrztraminer hits just the right notes


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks

When I was eight, my father bought an old farmhouse. It had features like a pantry, wood-burning stoves, and parlors, all of which sounded so exotically antiquated to me. But what captured my fancy the most was the player piano that came with the house, nestled happily in the south parlor. […]

Why do newspapers treat wine like poor cousin?


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon

What is it with the weekend papers? More specifically the magazine lifestyle sections with coverage of restaurants, interiors, design, food and wine.
I am sure this is not just a UK-focused problem but one replicated across the English speaking world. Why is it that these magazines seem fine to review a restaurant with the […]

50 in 50 #1: Massachusetts — Westport Rivers Winery


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS

To kick off our vinological tour of the United States and its wine regions, we head to New England of all places — Westport, MA to be exact.
Westport Rivers  was founded in 1982 by Bob and Carol Russell, who bought an old dairy farm in Westport. Their oldest son, Rob, planted their first […]

A Day Without Wine Ratings


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
What would happen if there were a day without any wine ratings?
Imagine walking into a wine store, supermarket, any store and finding in the wine section no little “shelf talkers” touting the wines’ 90-point scores from The Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, etc. Could the consumer survive? Would the wine industry survive? […]

Provence Ros: Sunbaked Bliss on a Sunday Afternoon


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Mas de Gourgonnier Ros, 2004, Les Baux de Provence
Im never quite sure how my Sundays happen. At some point during the week, I usually get a fever for a flavor. Sometimes its a food, sometimes a wine, and it usually strikes on Monday. Im therefore left obsessing about it for the […]