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The March CORNERS COLLECTION has been specially selected to complement our “Sunday School“ lessons. SCHOOL IS IN SESSION! Join us each Sunday for an ongoing series of articles exploring the world of wine.  This week’s article explores a few key growing regions for PINOT NOIR. Burgundy This week, we explore a few key growing regions for pinot noir...

The February CORNERS COLLECTION has been specially selected to complement our “Sunday School“ lessons. In this series of articles exploring cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, we have visited the ancestral homes of these two grapes (Bordeaux and Burgundy, respectively) and their most famous adopted homes (the neighboring California counties of Sonoma and Napa).  Without a doubt, these two grapes...

This week, as we did last week with cabernet sauvignon, we explore a few key growing regions for chardonnay — the French region of Burgundy (chardonnay’s ancestral home) and (as with cabernet sauvignon) the California counties of Sonoma and Napa.   Before we start this week’s journey, we should dispel a few common misconceptions about...

This week, we explore a few key growing regions for cabernet sauvignon — the French region of Bordeaux (cabernet sauvignon’s ancestral home) and the California counties of Sonoma and Napa. The city of Bordeaux is our first stop. The wine region that takes its name from this city expands in a radius of approximately 100...

While entirely reliable and current information on exact acreage and/or yields is difficult to obtain, the winner of the world’s top wine grape (genus VITIS, species VINIFERA) is widely regarded as cabernet sauvignon. Originally cultivated in Bordeaux (an area just south of the “half-way point” of France’s Atlantic coast), cabernet sauvignon is now planted throughout...

Wine can be more than a bit mystifying.  It would be easy to conclude that the complicated layers wrapped around wine were put there intentionally, secreting away the joy of wine for some sort of epicurean secret society (or preserving job security for wine professionals).  The truth is that the complex culture surrounding wine has...