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Varietal Exploration IV: White Pinots

Last week we found out that the French word for pine cone is “Pinot”. This refers to the pine cone-like shape of the grape clusters for this classic Burgundian vine. “Noir” is black in French so the translation is “black pine cone”. What about Pinot Gris, or Pinot...

Varietal Exploration III

Hello all! I want to report that I have received a lot of positive feedback regarding the Varietal Exploration emails from customers and employees alike. Great news! With that in mind we offer VE III, Pinot Noir. I must confess this is probably my most favorite...

From Auckland to Edina: Nigel Avery and Sileni Wines

Graeme Avery founded the Sileni Winery in Aukland, New Zealand in 1997. The Sileni were in Roman Mythology, the companions to Dionysis and were said to be schooled in winemaking and “goodtimes”.  Mr. Avery is a keen business man and had the idea that fine Kiwi wine...

Desert Wines not Dessert Wines: Indian Wells

Standing in the vineyards that Chateau Ste. Michelle uses for its Indian Wells wines, you feel as if the only green things in the world are grape vines. Patches of green in a sea of brown, you realize it is located in the middle of a desert, yet here the vines thrive...

Frico Fun Wines & Frico Crisps

Bobby Stuckey, Master Sommelier, and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson met while working at the world renowned restaurant The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Stuckey was the sommelier, wine director and multiple James Beard Award winner, while Lachlan was the much...
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