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Day Wines, Candid Wines, Oregon, Organic Pinot Noir

Day Winery 2015 Vintage Reports

2015 is a big year for Brianne and Day Wines.  Not only has she dramatically upped her commitment to growers for the total tons of grapes and the total types of grapes that she will by, she has also christened her new winemaking facility in the Dundee Hills. The Day Winery 2015 Vintage Reports will […]

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Cabernet Franc at the biodynamic estate of Pascal Lambert in Chinon

Lambert Mathilde Rosé : 2014

  Lambert Mathilde Rosé : 2014 • Variety : 100% Cabernet Franc.  All grapes at Lambert are the product certified organic (Ecocert)  and biodynamic farming. • Terroir : a mix of gravel with clay and silex in Chinon and Cravant-les-Coteaux. • Vine age : 10 to 50 years. • Yields : 45 hectoliter per hectaire to  à 50 hL/ha. • Harvest : hand harvested, […]

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Organic wine, Magneric, Domaine Sainte Croix, Saint Croix

Sainte Croix Magneric 2012

Domaine Sainte Croix: Magneric 2012 Jon and Elizabeth Bowen’s “Magneric” is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah which they believe best represents their appellation as seen through the lens of the 13 hectaires of old vines they farm in the Haut-Corbières.  The wine has earned high praise in France and abroad from the likes of […]

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The Barra Family

The People Behind Pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon

[portfolio_slideshow id=12826] Pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% estate grown fruit from Barra of Mendocino in Ukiah, California.  2011 is the first vintage and marks the debut of a collaboration between the Barra Family and the team at Standard Market in Westmont, Illinois, which wanted to find a domestic producer capable of making a […]

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Making wine in Serbia

Artizone Chicago shares our new sunny, summer whites

It’s a wonderful day here at Candid Wines.  We’ve unloaded an obscene amount of wine from partners in France, Germany, and Serbia (yes, SERBIA!), including many new vintages of old favorites (Lambert‘s Mathilde Rose 2012, Cuvee Marie 1999) and new wines from new producers like Francuska Vinarjia and Domaine Sainte Croix (info coming soon). Among […]

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Each "shack" backs up onto the water.

The Oyster Shacks of Leucate and Chateau Petite Roubié

Lecaute, France (looh-kat) sits on the Mediterranean Coast about an hour south of Montpellier and the home of Picpoul de Pinet. On a recent visit, I was directed to the “Oyster Shacks” that line one small canal. I didn’t know what to expect for wine so far from my adoptive homeland of Nantes and the […]

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Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented Rosé from Porter Creek

Porter Creek 2012 Rosé

2013 has been the year of Rosé here at Candid with Lambert’s “Mathilde” made from Cabernet Franc and Scherrer’s “Dry Rosé” made from Grenache and Syrah going out the door fast than ever.  To beef up our offering we added the Barra‘s Rosé of Pinot Noir for the first time and direct imported Dominique and […]

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Domaine bourdic, vineyard

Promoting Biodiversity at Bourdic

[portfolio_slideshow id=11991] Hans and Christa at Domaine Bourdic in the Côtes de Thongue in Languedoc spent quite a lot of time this winter planting more than 250 trees and shrubs as part of a pilot program intended to promote and increase biodiversity in the area. Hans raved about the process during my recent trip to […]

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Charlie Barra and the truck he bought in the 1960's

The Wine Spectator Chats with Charlie Barra

The Wine Spectator’s Associate Editor Tim Fish ( @timfishwine) sat down with Charlie Barra up in Mendocino County recently and seems to have come away as impressed with the man, his work, and his legacy as we’ve been here at Candid as we’ve come to know him. Tim writes “We get so caught up in […]

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Exploring Porter Creek Vineyards

  In June 2009, I spent an afternoon touring, tasting, and talking with Alex Davis at Porter Creek Vineyards on Westside Road in Heladsburg, CA in the Russian River Valley. Alex allowed me to film him as we talked about winemaking, his family’s history in the area, and the wines that he produces and bottles […]

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