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50 in 50 #7: North Dakota — Pointe of View Winery

By Lenn Thompson
I’m a straight shooter, so I’m willing to admit that I know next to nothing about North Dakota. The mere mention of the state only brings one thing to mind: the movie Fargo, which I didn’t particularly enjoy, don’t ya know.
But, when I started this 50 in 50 project, I was forced to […]

The Ugly Underbelly of Wine and Politics

By Tom Wark
Question: What’s it cost to buy a legislator in Ohio?
Answer: $2,500.
This is how much the Wholesale Beer & Wine Association paid Ohio Representative Mathew Dolan just days before he went to bat on the wholesalers’ behalf to prevent new rules from passing that would have opened up the Ohio market to wineries from […]

Raising the bar on eclectic: The irrestible charms of an Italian-German Red

By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
Italian wines can be quite the pickle. Does the label display the name of the region? The grape? Just some random name created by the producer? The answer is generally yes, making Italian wines a very confusing sea to navigate. Once explored, however, Italy is perhaps the most rewarding viniferal venture, […]

Book Review: Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape

By Andrew Barrow
From Cleavage Creek through to Marge ‘n’ Tina, this fun little book covers them all. Labels are the theme but the author, Peter May, goes further and adds snippets of info behind the wine — and many have such fascinating stories to tell.
So we learn that Cleavage Creek donates proceeds to breast cancer […]

Social Bookmarking for Wine Lovers

By Andrew Barrow
“Time waits for no man” — so the saying goes; and this is doubly true for the wonders of the Internet.
Development and innovation is in constant flow. Many have discovered the joys (and horrors) of email, RSS feeds and blogs. The little sphere that the wine world occupies is dramatic and dynamic as […]

50 in 50 #7: Minnesota — WineHaven Winery and Vineyard

By Lenn Thompson

Minnesota is the land of lakes, the Twins/Vikings/Timberwolves…and wine?
Yup. There is grapes growing among them thar lakes. There’d probably even be wine on Lake Wobegon — if it existed outside of the world of Garrison Keillor and A Prarie Home Companion.
The Chisago Lakes area does exist however, and that is where WineHaven […]

An Insider’s Top 10 Tips for a Successful Wine Country Visit

By Tom Wark
Its that time of year. Visitors looking for a taste of the authentic are plowing through Northern Californias wine country looking to soak up that wine country lifestyle theyve read so much about. The visitors will come in droves to Napa and Sonoma now through the end of fall.
If you are one […]

French Winemakers Steamed Over ‘Dangers of Wine’ Essay Topic

By Betty Carlson
Cuisine Quotidienne
Competition from New World wines, modifications in the European Union subsidy system, declining wine consumption in France: the French wine industry is already reeling from the changes wrought by modern market forces. But the latest blow to strike the vineyards has nothing to do with trade, consumers — or even wood […]

Merci, Paris: How comparative wine tastings benefit the entire industry

It’s been a bit of a rough year for the French.  Based upon the principles of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, the Old World wine juggernaut has been cornered once again into recognizing that its New World brethren have developed into wine producers of equal finesse and skill.  While the recognition may not be a public sharing […]

When Shopping for Your Next Home…

By Cate O’Malley
The folks at Food & Wine magazine must be playing the lottery lately, because that’s the only thing that can explain their recent list of “10 Essentials for an Enviable Estate” for those in the Napa Valley area.
1 - Huge Great Room
2 - Built-In Espresso Machine
3 - Wineglass Washers (sure thing, to the […]