Author Archives for Lenn Thompson

50 in 50 #8: Utah — Spanish Valley Vineyard & Winery


By Lenn Thompson
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As wine blogging star Beau Jarvis of BasicJuice will attest, Utah can be an interesting state when it comes to alcohol. But, much like North Dakota last week, I know very little about Utah…except this time the HBO show “Big Love” is my source of Utah information instead of the movie “Fargo.”
But, even […]

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


By Lenn Thompson
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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 […]

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


By Lenn Thompson
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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 […]

50 in 50 #6: Hawaii — Maui’s Winery


By Lenn Thompson
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After a shipping-related pit stop last week, the 50 in 50 train rolls on this week. Actually, we had to get off the train and hop on a plane to fly to Hawaii to visit Tedeschi Vineyards.
They do grow vinifera grapes at Tedeschi, including chenin blanc, cabernet and syrah. But what fun is […]

The Wine Spectator and Vision-Impaired Tasting


By Lenn Thompson
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If you’ve come to Wine Sediments today looking for the next installment of “50 in 50,” I apologize. Due to some shipping issues (UPS screwed up, frankly), I won’t have any new wines to review for that project until later.
But fear not, I’ve always got a lot to say. Some would suggest way […]

50 in 50 #5: New Mexico — Gruet Winery


Gruet Winery. If you drink much wine, particularly the stuff loaded with tiny bubbles, you’ve probably heard of them. They are well known for their delicious line of sparkling wines and it’s clearly their speciality. They make no less than eight different bubblies.
You could say that methode champenoise is in the Gruet family’s blood.
In 1983, […]

50 in 50 #4: Arkansas — Chateau Aux Arc


By Lenn Thompson
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As part of 50 wines from 50 states, we’ve toasted New England, sipped merlot in OK, and enjoyed the intensity of AZ red wine. This week, we’re headin’ to the deep south — Arkansas. More specifically, the next stop on our virtual tasting tour is Chateau Aux Arc in Altus, AR.
Chateau Aux Arc, […]

50 in 50 #3: Arizona — Callaghan Vineyards


By Lenn Thompson
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For this week’s stop on our virtual vinous tour of the 50 states, we leave the Sooner State and head a couple states west, landing is smack dab in the middle of Arizona wine country — Elgin, AZ to be more specific.

Callaghan Vineyards is a relatively young operation, founded in 1990 by Kent […]

50 in 50 #1: Oklahoma — Nuyaka Creek Winery


By Lenn Thompson
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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 […]

50 in 50 #1: Massachusetts — Westport Rivers Winery


By Lenn Thompson
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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 […]