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Pronouncing Muscadet with Jo Landron

How is Melon de Bourgogne, the grape of Muscadet, pronounced? This is a great question to ask Jo Landron, winemaker at Domaine de La Louvetrie in Muscadet Sevre et Maine. Melon is the main grape of the region, but it is by no means the only grape grown in the area around the city of Nantes […]

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Organic grape growers The Barras in Mendocino, CA

Video: Charlie Barra on buying a vineyard when Martha Barra wanted a new house.

Charlie and Martha Barra are pioneers in the history of Northern California wine having played a role in everything from innovations to frost management systems to practice of organic farming to ensuring that no GMO’s are allowed into Mendocino County. But at the end of the day they are also husband and wife and as […]

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The Hipping Vineyard looking down on the river Rhine.

Video: Riesling from the Red Slope: The Rheinhessen’s Roter Hang

In this video from Ask a Winemaker Fritz-Josef Schwibinger of Weingut Schwibinger in the town of Nierstein talks about the “Roter Hang” or “Red Slope” that dominates the northern end of the German wine region, the Rheinhessen. Situated on the banks of the Rhine River, the Red Slope is composed of an iron rich clay […]

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Fred Scherrer inspects Chardonnay in the bladder press.

Video: Why Fred Scherrer whole cluster presses Chardonnay grapes

Fred Scherrer loads whole clusters of berries, skins, seeds, stalks and all into his presses at the Scherrer Winery and then presses the juice out of them very gently. This is a trick he “stole” from Champagne and sparkling producers who want only the finest juice, and it is also the technique used at Domaine […]

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Charlie Barra’s push to weed out GMO’s in Mendocino County

Over more than six decades of farming grapes in Mendocino County, Charlie Barra has developed some strong opinions about what it takes to grow healthy grapes without pesticides and chemicals.  He’s also become conviced that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) have no place in his vineyard because, as he clearly states “we don’t need ’em”. The […]

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Napolini Sagrantino at Moto Restaurant

Wine and food pairings most often start in the kitchen. The Chef will present the Wine team with a new project, maybe simply a flavor profile. The Sommelier can then consider the concept and reach into memory, past notes, or bottles from the cellar to match the focus of the dish. As with most dining […]

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Zinfandel vines planted in 1912, Sonoma California

Lagrange Country Club hosts a Scherrer Wine Dinner

  Scherrer Wine Dinner Thursday May 24, 2012 Lagrange Country Club – Open to members and their guests only For reservations, members are asked to email: The Menu: Chef Choice Hors d’oeuvre 2011 Dry Rose, Sonoma County   Pickled West Coast Oysters Ginger, Jalapeno, Corriander, Mustard Seed, Smoked Sea Salt, Champagne Vinegar, Sesame-Seaweed Relish 2009 […]

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