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‘Forgotten grapes’ and sustainable winemaking at Gravner in Friuli

Lots has been written about the wines of Gravner, and I won't try to repeat that here. For good short histories of this cult vineyard on the Italian / Slovenian border, where Josko Gravner makes innovative and intriguing wines focused now entirely on local varieties, you can't do much better than taking a look at…
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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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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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La Bastide Blanche, biodynamic Bandol that’s truly worth exploring

Like many other properties in Bandol, there's not much about La Bastide Blanche in English on the web. That's a real shame given the quality of the wines and the biodynamic/organic approach that Stephane Bourret takes in making superb reds and some rose wines. I visited with a friend, last month and Stephane, like so many Bandol…
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