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Articles in "Wine"

The latest installment of Santé's ongoing South African exploration.

On July 19th, members of the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association paid tribute to Clendenen in a heart-felt evening at Bien Nacido Vineyards, as part of the Chardonnay Symposium.

The second of Santé's continuing series on South Africa's wine revolution. 

In the first of a series of stories on the growing South African wine culture, we experience Vindaba and Cape Wine’s ‘beyond the bottle’ approach to wine tourism and buyers scouting.

While on dining assignments, I often challenge beverage pairings. Like a pearl imbeds in an oyster, sometimes these suggestions stick to the menu. Just in time for America’s Cup racing in San Francisco, I decided to make waves at Waterbar.

Who holds the key to understanding food and wine pairing—women or men? Ask Deborah Brenner, and she’ll point to women. The founder of “Women of the Vine" wine and events simplifies wine and food pairing.

A look inside the metal roll up doors and angular concrete architecture of Lompoc’s Sobhani Business Park reveals an unexpected treasure.

Santa Barbara County winemaker Deborah Hall followed a series of cryptic historical clues--quill-scrawled letters, a frayed 18th century tome, and a modern-day DNA sample--to find treasure in the Sta. Rita Hills.

Defining a trophy wine is no laughing matter.

Wine auctions afford a glance beyond the glossy ads and fancy labels to dig into what makes great wine. At the Première Napa Auction you can comparatively taste while watching major players battle over the barrels.

Forget harvest for Napa Valley excitement. To uncover who and what makes the place tick, consider the trade event called Première Napa.

Sommeliers show off their hand-picked, iPad-based wine lists. Servers jockey to increase the beverage tab. Who cares what the diner really wants to drink?

High in the Vaca Range along the eastern border of Napa County sits one of the most remarkable vineyards in all of California. And yet, as unique and special as this place is, the odds are you’ve never heard of it or the AVA it calls home.

"I wanted to create wines that evoke the simple things in life, done well and with love.”

“The most important lesson I learned when I passed the Master of Wine exam is that wine can never truly be mastered.”

Over the past twenty years, Chilean wineries and winemakers have been discovering new and interesting terroir and microclimates. Among these areas are the two of the most Southern-reaching areas of Chile, the Malleco and Bío Bío Valleys.

Today, more and more chefs and sommeliers, as well as consumers, are looking for organic wines. The terrific news is that there is an ever-increasing selection of naturally produced wines from which to choose.

When consumers choose Piedmont wines, they are not just getting good quality, they are experiencing part of a history and a culture developed around a beautiful land.

Spain has great wine and great values, especially from regions that have been under the radar here in the US, and once these regions are more recognized for the quality that they offer, you can expect their notoriety and demand to grow.

Piemonte Land of Perfection Grand Tasting Event was held on July 18th 2012, in New York City.

Aconcagua, though small, is well-recognized as one of Chile’s premier regions for wine-growing with a prominent past helping to set the wines of Chile on the map.

Reaching far to the north of Chile are the Limari and Elqui Valleys whose climate, despite being so close to the equator, are classified as cool climate growing areas.

Maule is Chile’s largest winegrowing region, with over 31 thousand hectares under vine, and is also one of country’s oldest and most diverse valleys.