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Argiano: The Love of Wine

May 14, 2019

In naturally gorgeous Tuscany, south of Siena, sits a dreamy hilltop village behind fortified walls overlooking sun drenched hills, ancient oak trees, olive groves and of course famed vineyards.

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Life is a Cabernet

May 03, 2019

Owned and operated by the Duncan Family for nearly 50 years, Silver Oak stays true to its roots.

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The Single Malt Serve

May 02, 2019

We are living in the age of whisky—and whiskey too, of course.

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Kombucha with a Kick

May 02, 2019

What do you get when you combine world-class brewers, nerdy-cool microbiologists, and a quest for the perfect “Healthy-ish” libation?

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Domaine de Cristia, 3 Generations of Rhone Raging

Apr 30, 2019

Some of the best wines from Châteauneuf du Pape hail from this storied site: Domaine de Cristia.

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Domaine de la Solitude, The Next 500 Years

Apr 23, 2019

Domaine de la Solitude is one of Chateauneuf du Pape’s leading estates with roots stretching back to the early 1600s.

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Eberle Winery Celebrates 40 Years

Apr 16, 2019

Longtime pioneer of the Paso Robles Wine Appellation, Gary Eberle will celebrate his 40 years with a year long tribute to his longevity and success in the world’s wine industry.

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Tornatore’s Return to Roots

Apr 09, 2019

A hugely successful Italian businessman with factories in Sicily, Northern Italy and China, returns to his small town where he was born to craft high profile Sicilian wine.

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L’Ecole: Schooled in Wine

Apr 04, 2019

Wine Warehouse is honored to present L’Ecole wines to our customers. Their unique library of wines are from one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

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Clown Shoes Beer: Silly Shoes, Seriously Good Beer

Apr 02, 2019

In December of 2009, Gregg Berman founded Clown Shoes, a craft beer brand conjured from his whimsical, curious imagination.

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New Vegan Wine Brand Paxton

Mar 28, 2019

New Australian brand Paxton is more than just an organic, gluten free, vegan, biodynamic, family-owned winery.

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35 Shades of Rosé

Mar 26, 2019

2018 Vintage Rosés have arrived! Here’s the rundown of the new releases in the Wine Warehouse portfolio.

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New Spirits Brand: Madre Mezcal

Mar 19, 2019

Tu Madre! A trip into the dusty hills of Oaxaca with new spirits brand Madre Mezcal.

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Foeder-side Chats with Almanac

Mar 12, 2019

We were invited to spend the day within the magical confines of Almanac’s new 30,000 square foot brewery and taproom in Alameda, CA.

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New Spirits Brand: Roust Inc.

Mar 07, 2019

Founded in 1992 by pioneering Russian businessman Roustam Tariko, Roust Inc. quickly became a leading distributor of premium spirits brands.

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J. Lohr Women

Mar 04, 2019

At J. Lohr, as at Wine Warehouse, talent and inspiration know no gender. Both industry-leading companies embrace diversity and rely on effective leadership by key female team members.

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Interview: Greg Akins on his 30th Anniversary

Mar 01, 2019

WW President & COO Greg Akins celebrates 30 years with our family owned company.

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Women’s Cocktail Collective

Mar 01, 2019

The Women’s Cocktail Collective is a collaboration between ten leading female spirits producers, who have come together to elevate and amplify the voices of all women in the industry through a belief that we are stronger together.

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It All Stems from Here: A Visit to Stem Cider

Feb 19, 2019

The WW Beer Team took a visit to Stem Ciders in Denver, Colorado.

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Tokara, South Africa Realized

Feb 12, 2019

Imagine for a quick second that you had all the money in the world. What would you spend it on?

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Bordeaux: Start 2019 Right

Feb 04, 2019

If you are looking for Bordeaux that offers value and quality, from a trusted and vetted source, you found it.

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Interview: Fred Brander

Feb 01, 2019

Frederic “Fred” Brander, owner and general manager, was born and raised in Buenos Aires, and later emigrated with his family to the US, settling in Santa Barbara.

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On the Fast Track: A Track 7 Brewery Experience

Jan 29, 2019

WW beer specialists Cameron Brown, Matt Ewing and Eli Lambdin took a trip to Track 7 Brewery in Sacramento, California.

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Interview: Hal & Fiona Barnett

Jan 22, 2019

Fiona and Hal Barnett became enamored with Napa Valley through frequent visits on the weekends. A vision began to form and they decided to purchase a 40-acre property located at the top of Spring Mountain Road in 1983.

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The New Face of Empson USA: Tara Empson

Jan 15, 2019

Pioneering Italian wine exporter Empson & Co. announces father to daughter leadership change.

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Bailly Lapierre: A Masterpiece that Rose from Ancient Seas to Our Glasses

Jan 08, 2019

Danielle McKee-Langley gets real deep into the soil science of Auxerrois.

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2018 Year End Listings

Jan 02, 2019

That’s a wrap! Congratulations to the 108 products and wineries that made each year end listing.

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Savage & Cooke by Dave Phinney

Jan 02, 2019

Savage & Cooke is a craft distillery owned by renowned winemaker Dave Phinney based on historic Mare Island in Northern California.

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Interview: Brendan Coyle

Jan 01, 2019

Exclusive interview with High West Master Distiller Brendan Coyle on the American West, his go-to cocktail and what’s next for the industry.

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New Paso Brand: Vina Robles

Dec 31, 2018

Growers and makers of expressive, approachable Paso Robles estate wines, Vina Robles owner Hans Nef and managing partner Hans -R. Michel began farming winegrapes in 1997.

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Interview: Laurène Boss

Dec 20, 2018

Laurène Boss represents the fifth generation from Burgundy’s well-respected Drouhin family. Born and raised in Beaune, Laurène grew up surrounded by wine and the family business.

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Belgian Holiday Beer Guide

Dec 13, 2018

Choice Belgian brews for seasonal gatherings.

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That’s Using Your Noggin

Dec 07, 2018

Brandon Bartlett’s guide on how to infuse global spirits into your favorite holiday drink.

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Pop the Holiday Cheer

Dec 03, 2018

The ultimate guide to buying bubbles this holiday season.

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Interview: Brent Elliott

Nov 29, 2018

Brent Elliott says that it’s hard to call being Master Distiller a “job” because, to him, “it’s a privilege and a passion to be a part of Four Roses.”

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Interview: Yoav Gilat

Nov 27, 2018

True to the Cannonball spirit, Yoav is a professional scuba diver and Cabernet is his go to varietal.

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New Italian Brand: Pietra

Nov 20, 2018

Pietra is produced by Cantine Menhir located in the beautiful coastal region of Apulia (Puglia), Italy.

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New Spirits Brand: Diplomático

Nov 15, 2018

Diplomático rums are carefully crafted from premium sugarcane and use a rich variety of distillation methods.

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Gambero Rosso: 2018 Tre Bicchieri Winners

Nov 13, 2018

In Italy people go to cafés and taverns to spend time with each other. If it’s a good wine most folks will enjoy a second glass. But when it’s an exceptionally good wine, when it’s one of the best, that’s the time for a third glass.

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Scotch in a New World

Nov 09, 2018

In the 21st century, Single Malts are the next big (old) thing. No one knows this better than Richard Paterson, man behind legendary brand The Dalmore.

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2018 Harvest Report

Nov 06, 2018

Harvest snapshots from our supplier-partners all over the world.

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Getting Delirious in Belgium

Nov 01, 2018

A beer experience by Robert Fogarty and Brian Fitzpatrick.

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Women of WW: Beer Edition

Oct 17, 2018

Wine Warehouse presents: women in beer and cider!

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Women of WW: Spirits Edition

Oct 10, 2018

Wine Warehouse presents our women in spirits founders and master distillers.

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Women of WW: Wine Edition

Oct 01, 2018

We are proud to present our first ever feature exclusively on our women in wine partners, winemakers, mentors, colleagues and friends.

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Andy Quady: The Man Behind Vya

Sep 27, 2018

Manhattan Month is a nationwide celebration that takes place all October long, spearheaded by Andy Quady’s Vya Vermouth.

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Ready for Oktoberfest

Sep 25, 2018

Beer is a very important cultural and social phenomenon in Germany. It is intertwined in almost every facet of daily life.

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Kiuchi Sake Brewery

Sep 21, 2018

Kiuchi Sake brewery was established in 1823 by Gihei Kiuchi who was the village headman of Kounosu village, Naka County.

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Rabble Wine Co Brings Labels to Life with AR App

Sep 14, 2018

Rabble Wine Company, producer of unconventional wines from California’s Central Coast, announced the launch of their augmented reality (AR) app, which brings to life their historic wine labels.

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Video: History of Champagne Drappier

Sep 10, 2018

This video features the history of the champagne house, and a lively presentation of three of their expressions: Carte d’Or, Brut Nature, and Rosé.

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Video: The Eighth Generation Drappier

Sep 10, 2018

This video features Charline delving into what it’s like to be the eighth generation Drappier, what her relationship with her witty grandfather is like, and how she balances life at the estate with her immense travel schedule.

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Charline Drappier

Sep 10, 2018

Head of sales, marketing and communication at Champagne Drappier, Charline Drappier is an eighth generation vintner in her family.

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New Spirits Brand: Don Fulano Tequila

Sep 07, 2018

Don Fulano is the legacy of five generations of the Fonseca family, who now craft their 100% estate grown agave tequila at the renowned La Tequilena distillery in the town of Tequila.

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Interview with Tim Godfrey, Cider Maker

Aug 28, 2018

At Golden State Cider, we strive to craft the highest quality cider for the United State of California.

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WW Visit to The Bruery

Aug 23, 2018

Recently, a team of our Northern California Beer Specialists and Portfolio Managers spent some time with our good friends at The Bruery and Bruery Terreux.

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Dana Estates, a Napa Valley Story

Aug 21, 2018

In the early 1970s a young man from South Korea named Hi Sang Lee was in the United States on an extended business trip when on his twenty-seventh birthday, a friend introduced him to wine.

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Ode to Summer Sunshine and Soave

Aug 16, 2018

Here Comes the Sun, little darling! This summer season wine drinkers are reaching for interesting, refreshing and affordable wines from the Soave Classico commune in the Veneto region in northeast Italy.

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Fentimans Botanically Brewed Drinks

Aug 14, 2018

In 1905, Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler from Cleckheaton, England was approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan. A deal was struck and a recipe for botanically brewed ginger beer was provided as security.

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Presell Starts Now: 8 Years in the Desert

Aug 08, 2018

The highly anticipated 8 Years in the Desert, the newest Zinfandel blend from Dave Phinney, is being released this fall. Eight limited edition bottles will be released – one at a time – for the next eight years, every year in October.

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Interview: Kim Stare Wallace

Aug 06, 2018

Kim Stare Wallace serves as President overseeing a successful family winemaking and grape growing business: Dry Creek Vineyard.

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New Spirits Brand: G4 Tequila

Jul 26, 2018

Wine Warehouse welcomes new tequila brand G4 into our spirits portfolio. Felipe Camarena uses traditional stone ovens, cooking the agave for 22 hours.

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Pairing Guide: Allagash Beer and Cheese

Jul 24, 2018

In the world of food pairing, beer and cheese ranks right near the top for us. It just works.

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New Brand: Brick Barn

Jul 17, 2018

Brick Barn Wine Estate stands at a winegrowing frontier unto itself in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Since the 1800s, our property has been a place of farming, ranching, equestrianism and entrepreneurship.

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Get Ready to Get Splashed

Jul 10, 2018

Wine Warehouse proudly presents our new partnership with Share a Splash, home of Cannonball, Astrolabe, Angels & Cowboys and High Dive wines.

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Trefethen Family Vineyards 50th

Jul 02, 2018

“One Family. One Estate. One Passion.” These six words have become the mantra at Trefethen Family Vineyards.

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Interview with Michter’s Master Distiller, Pam Heilmann

Jun 28, 2018

“I think for me it was about the attention to detail, learning all of the intricacies of the plant. There was so much to learn.”

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North Coast Brewing Sustainability Report

Jun 26, 2018

North Coast Brewing is an industry leader in setting an example for social and environmental responsibility.

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Bubble Bathing: A Sparkling Wine Primer

Jun 21, 2018

There is one thing all seem to agree on regardless of aisle preferences – everyone loves bubbles! For serious fans like me, it’s an intense affection.

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History of Delirium Tremens

Jun 14, 2018

Ever since 1654 there has undoubtedly been some kind of brewing activity in the “Appelhoek” in Melle, Belgium.

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The Sake Breakdown

Jun 07, 2018

When it comes to sake ingredients, there’s a short list – rice, water, koji and, in certain styles, brewer’s alcohol. It only takes a few ingredients to make sake of pure quality.

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Tasting Photos: #WWSF18

Jun 02, 2018

For over 15 years, we’ve held our annual San Francisco Tasting at Fort Mason right by Fisherman’s Wharf. This year we saw over 1,000 people in attendance, who enjoyed delicious wines, beers, and spirits alongside catered Asian-inspired food.

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Reflections with Flora Spring’s John Komes

May 31, 2018

John Komes is founder and president of Flora Springs winery.

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America’s Native Spirit: Why the Mint Julep Should Always be “Made in America”

May 22, 2018

Brandon Bartlett believes the mint julep should only be made with American bourbon.

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Apothic Brew: Red Wine Infused with Cold Brew Coffee

May 17, 2018

New red wine coffee seen on EliteDaily, Cosmopolitan, Thrillist, Babble, Daily Mail, and Refinery29.

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2018 Bud Break

May 10, 2018

Budbreak is the ‘birth’ of the new season. The buds are furry, oddly colored, and like a newborn baby, have no resemblance to what they will look like in maturity.

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The New Sicily Couldn’t Be Much Older

May 08, 2018

For centuries, Sicily was the preferred stomping ground for practically any Mediterranean nation with an army.

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Friday Night Flights

May 01, 2018

Spirits Specialist Andre Kissin’s take on what clear spirits to pair with summer nights.

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New Beer Brand: The Hop Concept

May 01, 2018

THC is our Hop-focused brand. We continually look at this brand for new varieties, blends, and flavor opportunities.

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Niven Family: Innovating Since 1973

Apr 28, 2018

This is new world to the max, the Wild West; hyper focus on the Edna Valley.

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Berton Vineyard’s New Metal Labels

Apr 26, 2018

Forged from vineyards within the Limestone Coast, our Metal Label range takes standalone varietals to make something exceptional.

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Upland Brewing: Sour, Wild and Funk Fest 2018

Apr 24, 2018

On a cold and sunny Saturday earlier this month, Upland Brewing Co hosted their 7th Annual Sour, Wild and Funk Fest at Mavris Arts & Events Center in Indianapolis.

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Introducing Domaine de la Solitude, the Youngest 600-Year Old Wine Estate in Europe

Apr 21, 2018

East meets west, what’s old is new and everything that’s over starts again.

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New 4-Pack Allagash Curieux Coming to California

Apr 17, 2018

California Allagash fans have been asking for this one for a long time, and the team is really happy to be delivering it.

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Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: The Zeal of New Zealand

Apr 12, 2018

In Marlborough today, there is barely a flat piece of land that hasn’t been taken over by vines. But it hasn’t always been this way.

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It’s All In The Family: A Family Business That Turned Into A Legacy For Fess Parker Wines

Apr 05, 2018

Driving north along the pastoral Foxen Canyon Wine Trail feels like traveling back to California’s early days. Rolling hills frame vast meadows, deer and wildlife roam free, and pristine landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see.

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Vineyards on Volcanoes

Apr 02, 2018

Welcome to I Custodi and the “Guild of Vigneri,” the resurrected mythical ancient order of “protectors” of Mt. Etna’s native culture dedicated to preserving the old ways with respect for both the mountain’s land and its’ (hard working) inhabitants.

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The Bruery Doubles Down on Love for California

Mar 29, 2018

The Bruery has been cranking out some of the world’s most revered barrel-aged and experimental beers from Orange County, California since its founding in 2008.

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Franck-Lin Dalle: Rockstar of Rosé

Mar 22, 2018

Winemaker Franck-Lin Dalle talks to WW about Campuget Estate’s history, the importance of doing what you like in life, and why people drink rosé.

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2015 Trilogy Release

Mar 15, 2018

Only a few wineries throughout Napa Valley have been fortunate enough to craft a wine with as much significance and history as Flora Spring’s Trilogy. The 2015 Trilogy marks the 31st release of this celebrated flagship wine.

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Golan Heights Winery: The Winery that put Wines from Israel on the Map

Mar 13, 2018

The Golan Heights winery markets brands under the Golan, Yarden, Mount Hermon and Gamla labels and is parent company to Galilee’s Galil Mountain Winery.

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The West Cork Approach

Mar 08, 2018

West Cork Distillers was founded in 2003 by childhood friends John O’Connell, and cousins Denis McCarthy and Ger McCarthy.

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The New Gold Rush: Cost of Tequila-Making Agave is on the Rise

Mar 05, 2018

Blue Gold is what some people in the tequila business are calling agave these days. The Blue Weber Agave plant is what’s used to make tequila and we are at the beginning of a shortage.

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A Message from Orin Swift Winery

Mar 05, 2018

It’s hard to believe that this fall will be my twenty first harvest in the Napa Valley. Some of those vintages I remember fondly, others I’d like to forget.

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Tanael Escartin: Brewmaster at Uinta

Mar 03, 2018

Tanael Escartin, a Venezuelan native, joined Uinta Brewing Company in March of 2017 as one of the country’s only female Brewmasters.

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J. Lohr Estates: A Family Success Story, Thirty Vintages and Counting

Mar 01, 2018

For more than thirty years, the wines of J. Lohr Estates have been consumer favorites carefully crafted in a food-friendly, balanced style.

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Premium Port: Douro Deep, Mountain High

Feb 27, 2018

It often has been said, “Show me a great wine region and I’ll show you a river.” Portugal’s Douro River, one of the major waterways of the Iberian Peninsula, is a perfect example.

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Søren Axelsen and the Cabernet Corporation Back Story

Feb 22, 2018

Back in 1952 when 20-year old Søren Axelsen first left his native Denmark bound for a job in New York City, little did he realize he was embarking on a 50-year odyssey that ultimately would see him build a dynamic wine company with sales spread over three continents.

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Mont Marçal – A Cava Producer in Penedès with an interesting story and dedication to their craft

Feb 20, 2018

With Cava sales on the rise in the U.S. since the 1970s, it’s a good time to take a look at the story of Cava and what makes it such an unstoppable sparkling wine for consumers worldwide.

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Paco Yuste: More than a Sherry Merchant

Feb 13, 2018

Sanlúcar native Paco Yuste always has known where he was going and what he needed to do to get there. Determination is one of three-hundred pound Paco’s primary attributes. Physical presence is another. He is not a man one gets in the way of, nor is he one easily dissuaded from his path.

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Bordeaux: We Still Do It Better

Feb 08, 2018

Bordeaux is a tricky place. It’s big, spread out and full of way too many people making entirely too much wine. Piling on, the local food is spotty, downtown traffic sucks big time and parking can be more painful than a root canal.

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Feature Interview with Winemaker Ken Brown

Feb 01, 2018

A pioneer in Santa Barbara County, Ken Brown has been prolific throughout his 41-year career, working at Zaca Mesa Vineyards as the first winemaker, starting Byron Vineyard & Winery, and moving to small lot wines with his wife Deborah.

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Stem Crafts Quality Ciders

Jan 25, 2018

Stem produces cider founded on three main principles: quality, style, and tradition.

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Rum Diary

Jan 17, 2018

There’s something about rum that when you drink it, it transports you to another place.

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Inside High West’s Saloon and Distillery

Jan 10, 2018

High West’s passion is crafting delicious and distinctive whiskeys and helping people appreciate whiskey all in the context of the American West.

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