Spirit vs Politics of the AVA

In the March/April 2001 issue of the Chalone Wine Journal, Winemaker Dan Karlsen presented a comprehensive explanation of the abstract concept of terroir, using Chalone Vineyard as an intimate and concrete example to elucidate the complexity of the concept. If …

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Sexy Wine Labels

Once, not too long ago, young Americans enjoyed gazing on the ample and very visible bosom of the White Rock lady, a curvaceous nymph on a soda bottle. Alas, they’ve painted her over. But for sheer sexiness today, it would …

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ZD Cabernet Savignon Reserve 1997

With its black-garnet color and tightly wound nose of black licorice and dark cherry this wine instantly shows huge potential. With some coaxing you get hints chocolate and plum in the mix. Liquid chocolate cake comes to mind after a …

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Professional Wine Tasting Tips

Entire books have been written on wine tasting. One of the best known and most influential is Emile Peynaud’s The Taste of Wine. While you may never earn your living tasting wine, we want to share a few techniques used …

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