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Thoughts & prayers for our friends in #NapaQuake

Above: my favorite Napa-based blogger Vinogirl posted this image on her blog Vinsanity yesterday.

It’s never a good time for an earthquake.

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Musical theater meets Riesling (a break from the dreary summer of 2014)

The news has been so doleful this summer that I wanted to share this video, which was debuted last night at my favorite wine bar in Houston, Camerata. 32 more words

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Indigenous grape pioneer Paolo Rapuzzi has died

Friulian grape grower, winemaker, and founder of the Ronchi di Cialla winery, Paolo Rapuzzi (above, center) has died.

He passed away in his sleep on August 13, said his son Ivan. 132 more words

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Extraordinary Piedmont white: 2004 Malvirà Tre Uve (& harvest updates)

On more than one occasion, I’ve heard Angelo Gaja say that white wine is a category with immense potential for growth in Italy.

There are a handful of whites from Piedmont that have captivated the imagination and palates of Italian wine lovers: Gaja’s Gaia e Rey (I remember tasting 1994 with him at the winery a few years ago), Aldo Vajra’s Riesling (he likes to call it “a wife for Barolo”), Ettore Germano’s Riesling (such a focused, brilliant wine), and Walter Massa’s Timorasso (we all remember when this wine hit the U.S. 381 more words

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Kurniawan, the Rabbi, and the Ham Sandwich

Above: a friend at a major wine auction house once asked me to help out with the authentication of a lot purportedly from one of Italy’s most exclusive producers. 74 more words

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"Disaster" harvest 2014, potentially northern Italy's rainiest vintage in our lifetime

Above: my friend and client Luca Ferraro, grape grower and winemaker in the Prosecco DOCG, posted this photo on his Instagram this morning, noting that the 2014 is a “disaster… I’m losing hope,” he wrote. 168 more words

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