BILL THE WINE GUY

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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...

The Great Pumpkin Debate

Basic white girls of the world rejoice! PSL season (Pumpkin Spice Latte season for all you laymen out there) is upon us and everyone is getting into the game. Unlike the Starbucks’ of the world and your token white girl, craft brewers have been playing with pumpkin...

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...

Can you Hear the Sweet Sound of the Accordion?

October: what a great time to love drinking beer. The whole month is filled with festivals focused on drinking beer, eating brats, drinking more beer, getting caught up with your favorite polka hits and drinking even more beer. Well this week, I picked out some great...

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...
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