Our Antipodal Winery of the Year

If we in Minnesota drilled a hole straight through the planet we would come out in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth, Australia. This is our antipode. However, with some bending and twisting along the way, I’ll pretend we came out just east of Adelaide near the...

Santa Barbara Superstars

The Central Coast in California has seen an amazing rise to prominence. The last 30 years have seen the creation of a beautiful wine region within one of the world’s greatest agricultural areas. Skillful farmers who made their money on broccoli, cabbage and lettuce...

Rx: Big Reds Prescribed by Dr. Penfold

Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary emigrated to the new British colony of Australia in the 1830s. By 1844, they had launched one of the nation’s largest wineries. Oddly enough, it was Mary who did more of the winery chores as Christopher looked after his...

Great Buys from Europe!!!

This is a very timely dispatch from the Ol’ Wine Guy: this is the time of year to look forward and plan for the harried holiday season. On a personal note, I also think about stocking up for parties, gifts, dinners and a whole lot of everyday wines for any reason. If...

Making Wine that Sings

Imagine living life as a superstar musician, with your name eternally plastered on Billboard Top 100 lists and your voice admired on the radio waves. What would you do with your wealth and status once you enter the next chapter of your life? How would you get your...

Wine for Working People!

Happy Labor Day. What a blur the Summer of 2016 has been. School has started and soon the white stuff will fly (OK, a little less drama please). It is a working weekend for us in the adult beverage industry, but we’ll still find time to enjoy some wine and grillables....
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