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Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard, received the American Wine Society Award of Merit at the organization’s national conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla., earlier this month.

In an acceptance speech, Mr. Grahm humbly and humorously discussed several particularly vivid career failures over the past 35 years, as well as plans for the future at his estate vineyard in San Juan Bautista, CA.  But the audience of 600 applauded him for his decades of innovation and successes.

Catherine Fallis

Our first tranche of seasonal sparklers comes from six countries.

Roger Morris

Bertani Winery produces an array of wine to please all palates.

Penny Weiss

Wines that are “green”, or earth-friendly, are wines made in one of these three regulated tiers, Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic, or SOB.
A hot new category is “natural” wines, the idea being wines free of any harmful additives, but unfortunately the term “natural” on wine has no legal parameters.

Catherine Fallis

For the holidays, rediscovered this purloined French grape at its source - Cahors 

Roger Morris

There are more options than choosing either or wine. Try both!

Penny Weiss

Pinot Noir is perhaps the most-versatile red wine for the holidays.

Roger Morris
Bernard Kenner

Spain is synonymous with Tempranillo, though many wine lovers are unaware of this because of its numerous and confusing aliases. The best and most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero (where it is known as Tinto Fino and Tinto del Pais) but fine examples can be found from Toro (as Tinta de Toro), Valdepeñas (Cencibel), and the Penedes (Ojo de Llebre and Ull de Llebre).

Catherine Fallis