Category Archives: Organic

Leap into the extra day

John Williams is throwing a once-in-a-quadrennium party this evening. Williams, the owner and winemaker at Frog’s Leap winery in Napa Valley’s Rutherford district, has been celebrating his favorite “free day” every four years since 1984 by inviting “a few hundred … Continue reading

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The wild, the exotic. The Donkey, the Goat.

A Donkey and Goat – yes, that’s the winery name, though the “A” sometimes gets lost – is a darling of the natural wine movement, champions of minimalist winemaking. Right in the heart of California, the husband and wife team … Continue reading

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They DO Make Good #Wine in Greece!

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Much of the fun of being a “Wine Explorer” lies in the hunt for different grape varieties from various regions. So when I hear someone say, “They don’t make good wines in —- ” my BS detector swings into action. … Continue reading

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Shades of Green

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Gather a few winegrowers together and ask them about their craft, and you’re likely to hear some thought-provoking answers. Such was the case earlier this month when I moderated a panel discussion on “green” winemaking at the National Museum of … Continue reading

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Exploring Loire Reds In Their Terroir – Literally

Wine lovers are always searching for the taste of terroir in their wines, but they rarely taste wines in their terroir. I experienced the latter — literally — in one of the strangest wine tastings I have ever enjoyed. It … Continue reading

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Bobby Kacher – Dean of the DC Importers

The Washington, D.C., region is a very fun and active market for wine consumers, especially for those of us interested in imported wines. There is a vibrant cadre of wine importers serving this market, enough to keep wine lovers turning … Continue reading

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Happy 30th Anniversary to Becky Wasserman!

Becky Wasserman is the grande dame of Burgundy. An American ex-pat, for the past 30 years she has represented many of Burgundy’s greatest estates, helping sell their wines to the United States, Britain and elsewhere. Earlier this year, I had … Continue reading

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