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Making The Old, New Again

In my last post, I discussed the ravaging effects that the phylloxera plague had on the vineyards of Europe. As I mentioned, the solution to this blight came in grafting traditional European Vitis Vinefera vines onto the Vitis Labrusca rootstock … Continue reading

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A Grape By Any Other Name

I am on a grape mission. However, my grape mission should not to be confused with the Mission Grape. That name was given to a variety of Vitis Vinifera planted in Las Provincias de las Californias by the Catholic padres … Continue reading

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Report From Argentina – Part Three

Wine for breakfast is not to our liking. So, next morning we drove south through the desert, which lies 5,300 feet above sea level, to the Quilmes ruins. There thousands of people thrived for generations before fighting the Incas and … Continue reading

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Report From Argentina – Part Two

(Jeff Merrick dropped us this post yesterday from somewhere in Argentina, where he is living the good life sampling the local food and wine.) Torrontés Wine: 24 Hours at its Source in Cafayate, Argentina. Cafayate, Argentina, is the home of Torrontés … Continue reading

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Bubbly – It’s What’s For Dinner

While raising a glass of Barolo as a toast to prosperity for the coming year, I made a silent resolution – drink more Champagne in 2011. Sadly, sparkling wine has become a drink for celebrations and special occasions for most … Continue reading

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