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Can a Rosé be Treacherous?

Only a few years before Robert Parker, wines worth writing about were worth writing well about. We can read Salvador Dali describing a Burgundy as being “draped in all the fires,” or A.J. Liebling describing a Tavel rose as “enthusiasm held under restraint.” Could it be that this earlier era of wine criticism provides a better understanding of the wine in your glass? Let’s journey through 2500 years of wine criticism.

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What the 2015 Grape Crush Report Means for Livermore Valley Wineries

Each year the California Department of Food and Agriculture publishes the Grape Crush Report. This report tabulates the California grape harvest in terms of total tonnage, price, and sugar concentration by cultivar and reporting district. The report should be required reading for anyone interested in growing and making wine. Last week, California released the preliminary […]

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