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Archive | April, 2013

Building a Better Wine Cellar

Building a Better Wine Cellar

When it comes to wine racks, custom rarely means made to order.  After all, I frequently hear complaints from clients that larger-size bottles don’t fit their newly installed “custom” cellars.  And don’t get me started on the fact that a rack of bottles with the top angled for display typically fits…11 bottles.   What’s wrong […]

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Meritage & Bordeaux

Meritage & Bordeaux

Clearly, Meritage wines are crafted and marketed to compete with the best Bordeaux wines, and no wonder.  For hundreds of years, the Bordelais have been using and refining the art of blending to make their wines.   In part, this started from necessity; back in the day, a winemaker was very much at the mercy […]

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Creating Meritage

Creating Meritage

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in the mid 1980s, winemakers in California needed a new name for their wines.   It was a different time in the industry.  Winemakers could make a Bordeaux-style blend (usually a combination of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and/or cabernet franc) and call it “Bordeaux Blend” on the label.   […]

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About Tannat

About Tannat

Uruguay’s national grape is Tannat, a red varietal historically from southwest France, on the border with Spain.  It came to South America in 1870, introduced by Basque immigrants.   The grape is naturally very tannic and thus often blended.  In Uruguay, it is made in a variety of styles from dry to sparkling, sweet to […]

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Uruguay & Wine

Uruguay & Wine

Lately, the Vinedo los Vientos Alcyone, a luscious, chocolatey-caramely dessert wine, has been stalking me.  It was recommended recently at a retail store, and I’ve noticed it (or other dry Uruguay wines – I also had a nice white wine recently) on several wine lists.   So it seems that Uruguay wines are having a […]

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