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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/17/20

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Vinograpy Images: Half Light

Half LightSANTA YNEZ, CA: Shadows lengthen across a vineyard surrounding a lone oak tree near Santa Ynez, California. The Santa

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Will the Wine Industry Learn the Lessons of the Pandemic?

As humans, we’re evolutionarily engineered to fear change. And for good reason. It often presages hardship in some form, whether

Jamie Kutch

Evolving From Strength to Confidence: The Wines of Jamie Kutch

I have written about the wines of Jamie Kutch several times here on Vinography. This is due, in part, to

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/17/20

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The Improbable Link Between Hard Seltzer and Wine

Imagine a story that goes something like this: a young man begins his career and struggles to make it as

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/10/20

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Vinography Images: In The Thick of It

In The Thick of ItLOMPOC, CA: A thick cover crop at Melville Winery gets mowed near Lompoc, California. Cover crops

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What Wine Tasting Rooms Will Be Like For the Foreseeable Future

No one knows for certain when Wine Country will open back up in California. As wine tourism represents more than

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/10/20

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I’ll Drink to That: Wine Educator and Sommelier Kevin Zraly

Episode 480 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Kevin Zraly. Kevin is the former Cellar

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/3/20

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Spring in a Lompoc vineyard

Vinography Images: Spring Maintenance

Spring MaintenanceLOMPOC, CA: Pinot Noir grapevines in the Sta. Rita Hills coming back to life in the spring are tended

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The Wine World is Prejudiced Against Higher Alcohols

I must begin by saying quite clearly that I am not, myself, free from prejudice. Let me give you an

Desperate Times, Desperate Wine Measures?

We’re all going a little stir crazy here locked in our homes with just our wine collections and irritating loved

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/3/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 4/26/20

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Vinography Images: Escape from the Cool

Escape from the CoolSANTA YNEZ, CA: A Cabernet vineyard at Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards is above the fog near Santa

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100 Tastes from the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting

For those in the wine trade, one of the characteristics of Spring has long been the proliferation of wine tasting

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/26/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 4/19/20

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Vinography Images: In the Distance

In the Distance LOS OLIVOS, CA: A Cabernet Franc vineyard is viewed along Foxen Canyon Road, in Los Olivos, California.

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

“So when are you going to quit your day job and focus on wine?” Everyone from close friends to well-meaning

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/19/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 4/13/20

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I’ll Drink to That: Winemaker Christopher Howell

Episode 479 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Christopher Howell. Howell is the winemaker and

Debating Terry Theise on Wine and Food Pairing

Terry Theise wrote a response to my slightly provocative piece on the the fact that food and wine pairing is

Vinography Images: Spring Unfurls

Spring Unfurls SANTA MARIA, CA: A chardonnay grapevine in a Tepusquet Bench vineyard begins to unfurl under warm, sunny skies

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/13/20

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Terry Theise Takes Up My Wine & Food Pairing Gauntlet

The other day I penned a bit of a screed, on a topic that I continually encounter in two forms:

Sommeliers in Self-Isolation

Estimates vary, but according to some sources, restaurants employed 13.5 million Americans last year. That means that at least 8%

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 4/5/20

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Vinography Images: Fear of Frost

Fear of Frost LOS ALAMOS, CA: Training wires hang with icicles as a result of frost protection measures to protect

The Five Virtues of a Wine Lover

When I speak to many wine drinkers, they often express a similar sentiment. They tell me that they really enjoy

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 4/5/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 3/29/20

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Vinography Images: The Green and the Gold

The Green and The Gold SANTA YNEZ, CA: A vineyard at Refugio Ranch sticks out like an emerald against the

Food and Wine Pairing is Junk Science

Like the endless stream of lousy paintings sold at garage sales, or the ceaseless arguments for why climate change isn’t

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/29/20

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Vinography Images: The Boat is Empty

The Boat is Empty SANTA YNEZ, CA – AUGUST 11: A canoe floats on a vineyard pond at Refugio Ranch,

Ending the Aesthetic Fallacy of Heavy Bottles

Wine producers the world over invest in unusually thick, heavy wine bottles for the sake of impressive brand aesthetics. But

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/22/20

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