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Washington Merlots

By: Jeff Cox Quick—what grape variety makes the world’s most expensive red wine? The answer, of course, is Merlot, which makes up 95 percent of Chateau Petrus. A bottle of the 2008 Petrus will set you back about $3,000 and ...
 
 
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The Unique Climate That Produces Great Wines

By: Jeff Cox A few years ago I stood on the elevated patio of Veramonte winery in the beautiful Casablanca Valley of Chile, looking toward the Pacific Ocean. I noticed a fog bank hanging above the hills just about as far away a...

 
 
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The Ghost in the Wine

By: Jeff Cox We read a lot about minerality in wine—the taste and aroma of minerals, flint, chalk, gravel, slate, stones, and such–but what is that, exactly? Is it minerals mined from deep in the soil by a grapevine’s...
 
 
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Very Old Vines Make Very Good Wines

By: Jeff Cox A patch of very old grapevines known as the Old Hill Ranch stretches across a sunny landscape in Glen Ellen, a small village in the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County. It’s one of the oldest vineyards in Califor...

 
 
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From Gravs to Grapes

By: Jeff Cox Throughout the 20th Century, the rolling hills that lay northwest of the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California, achieved a few days of absolute grandeur each April as hundreds of thousands of Gravenstein app...
 
 
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Great Wines Come From Eggs?!

By: Jeff Cox    Yes, great wines are coming from eggs—concrete eggs to be exact. Here’s the story. Back before Prohibition, many California wineries fermented their grapes in big, rectangular concrete tanks. Concrete wor...

 
 
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A Vineyard in the Clouds

By: Jeff Cox Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello (beautiful mountain) vineyard covers 100 acres high in the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation about 60 miles south of San Francisco. Very high, indeed. “The elevation runs from 1,400 u...