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Al Lageder Rocks

Last week I had the great pleasure of meeting Alois Lageder, famed Italian winemaker.  He makes over 20 different wines in the highlands of the Dolomites. He carefully chooses which grape will be planted at which particular site, reaching such decisions by considering the whole terroir, the complex and total array of all of the Read more…

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Plumbing the Depths

Sometimes when you’re clutching at straws, desperate to find something real to grab hold of, you fall flat on your face. You want a sure-shot fancy-schmancy respectable sparkling representation of a wine, but you’re unwilling to pony up for fine French Champagne. There’s lots of ersatz bubbles out there misrepresenting itself as Champagne.  In fact, Read more…

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Chaqteau la Bessane

On the other side of the pond, blended wines are the norm. Back when we Americans regularly slaked our thirst with locally brewed ales, the French, Italians and Spanish were imbibing rich, well-developed blends of cultivated grapes grown to complement each other in finely crafted wines.  Today’s vino babble focuses on one such wine from Read more…

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