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    A Chance at Your Own Personal Champagne Label!

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    I have always dreamed about making my own wine. My dream involves vineyards, big oak barrels, musty cellars and daily checks on my evolving wine. For the foreseeable future that remains a dream. However, if you happen to have an extra $30,000+ lying around, can spend some regular time in Europe, and like Champagne –

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    Unexpected Values from Around the World – Courtesy of Gooseneck Vineyards

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    Years ago, I drove my ten or so year old son to a quaint, corner shop located in the village of Wickford, RI. He was looking for a Christmas present for his mother, and he walked out with a beautiful angel statue that she cherishes to this day. It is a good memory.

    What, in

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    The Spanish Series Part 2: Rioja and the Wines of Ramón Bilbao

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    The wines of Spain are varied, high quality and great values. They are also not high on every wine drinker’s list, overshadowed by the more en vogue regions and media promoted producers. Yet every wine drinker should know the wines from Spain, and we introduced the topic in our previous blog (which you can read

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    The Spanish Series Part 1: Intro to Spanish Wine

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    There are many choices for the consumer in today’s wine world, as production expands to new countries, new areas and ever more boutique wineries and winemakers lending their personal interpretation to wine styles. As such it is sometimes too easy to forget about the old guard, the foundations of the world wine community that have

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    Repost – The Eponymous Wines of Bob Pepi

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    Bob Pepi has been around the wine industry a long time, almost forty years long, and you might think after that amount of time a person would start to burn out. I had a chance to talk to Bob for a bit recently, and can assure you that he is one wine veteran who is

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure: Installment 6 – Time to Oak!

    Where we started!

    To read the previous installment in Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – Clarifying Times, click here.

    *This is a rewrite of the original post due to a data corruption incident – ugh*

    Well with this installment we’re pretty much caught up with Joe and the wine making process. It’s now time to wait a few months

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – Installment 5: Clarifying Times

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    To read the previous installment in Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – The Fire Breathing Dragon, click here.

    With the balancing act hopefully in hand, and the juice settled down again, it was now time to hit the home stretch. Most people like clear wine. These days there is a big push for organic, biodynamic, unfiltered,

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – Installment 4: The Fire Breathing Dragon!

    To read the previous installment in Joe’s Wine Making Adventure click here.

    It’s been a while since we added to the continuing saga of Joe’s journey toward good homemade wine. That’s not to say he hasn’t been busy over the last six months, because he has. It’s just been that he hasn’t had time to

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – Installment 3: A Pressing Process

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    After crushing the grapes there are still things to do before the juice is ready to be transferred to holding containers for the long haul to winehood. Here are some progress notes on Joe’s journey, from kick starting the fermentation to minding the

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    Joe’s Wine Making Adventure – The Crush!

    The must!

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    Here we have the second installment in Joe’s Wine Making Adventure, and now it is getting serious. Grapes are going to get (and actually have been) beaten to a pulp so the fermentation process can begin. This is a great way to learn about wine

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