Wine buying and drinking tips for non wine geeks

A friend of mine asked me for some wine buying tips. He is someone who likes wine, but doesn't spend the kind of time on it that I do. So I wrote the below. It's entirely subjective and based on my tastes and experiences. I hope some readers find it useful. All very subjective, but…
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Sustainable winemaking at Claiborne & Churchill, Edna Valley, California

Back in June this year I was lucky enough to meet a few more wine folks in California and record a few interviews about the history of wine in the region in modern times, how approaches have evolved and sustainability issues. Meeting Clay Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson of Claiborne & Churchill for a tasting, tour and…
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Chateau Vignelaure, unusual, superb organic Cabernet/Syrah in Provence

A few months back I drove from Nice, where I live, a couple of hours west to meet Philippe Bru, winemaker at Chateau Vignelaure, just east of Aix-en-Provence. At 400 meters in altitude, he makes Vignelaure's red, white, and late harvest wines in a cool climate, with cold nights, on 55 hectares of land. Given the…
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Three ways the wine industry can become more sustainable

A writer penning a piece on sustainable wine asked me for some thoughts on what the wine industry can do to be more sustainable. Here's my list of three below. There's a lot more one could say about these, and other issues, of course, but I wanted to keep it fairly short. So here's my…
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