BILL THE WINE GUY

When it comes to wine, the more you know, the better. Get expert tips on tasting, pairings and special varieties from your favorite resident wine steward.

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Happy Memorial Day

Here’s hoping you have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. This a time when folks enjoy some time outdoors, work on projects around the house and hopefully get the grill smoking. We also want to remember the reason we are enjoying this time off and all the freedoms...

A Rugby Lover’s Other Passion: Matua

Bill Spence still looms large at about 6 feet 5 inches of height. His passions are viticulture, winemaking and New Zealand’s national sport, Rugby. Driven by the wine bug, he and his older brother Ross began growing grapes in West Auckland in 1969. They were the first...

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

What a great spring we are having! It’s about time. We have put up with so much of a challenge from the elements it sure feels nice to get some pleasant weather. Speaking of putting up with challenges, your mother has been dealing with you for a while and if you’re...

Cline Family Values

Fred Cline learned his love for farming and winemaking from his maternal grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (of pump and spa fame). On Jacuzzi’s Oakley, California farm, Fred helped him produce Zinfandel, Mourvedre, and Carignane for personal consumption. After graduating...

Ionian Splendor

On the beautiful Ionian coast of Calabria lies the Southern Italian DOC of Ciró. In this ideal area for viticulture nestled between sea and mountains, grapes have been grown and wine has been made for a thousand years. The local cuisine is spicy and sea inspired. The...
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