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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...

Great Wines for $15 or Less!

Around my house we drink wine every day so no one loves a bargain better than me. I don’t think I should have to compromise on quality, flavor and complexity when I spend $15 or less on a bottle. The truth is don’t have to. Most of the wines I buy are between $8 and...

Wild Horses…

The Wild Horse winery started as batch of Pinot Noir fermented in a plastic bucket and punched down with a baseball bat in Kenneth Volk’s garage circa 1981. The horse label was chosen to honor the mascot of his alma mater, Cal Poly in beautiful San Luis Obispo. From...

Wines for Easter and Passover

Happy Holidays again everyone! The Lenten season is coming to an end and it’s time for a big feast and some delicious wines. Our family loves a smoky ham for Easter dinner and for that we’ll be looking for fruity whites and a red with soft tannins. Riesling,...

Big, Bold and New!

We have had a lot of great wines coming in lately and I thought it was time to spotlight a few wonderful reds awaiting your enjoyment! These will be great wines to cellar or pull out for grilling season. The Tenshen Red Blend also represents the first time a Joey...

Spring Has Sprung; Now It’s Tasting Time

This Friday is the first day of Spring according to the calendar and I say Amen to that! There might be some bumps, some cold and blustery days ahead but another Minnesota winter has been defeated. This means it’s time to celebrate. A change in cuisine; a cleaning of...
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