30 Years of Wine Retail

With thirty-plus years of wine retail business behind him, Steve Zanotti has seen more than a few changes. But, as the old saying goes, ‘sometimes the more things change, the more they remain the same.’ As co-owner of the Wine Exchange, in Orange County, California, Steve has arguably “seen it…

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Top Wine Buyers and Sommeliers Build Wine Knowledge at Sonoma Summit

Sonoma Summit attendees take a moment from their tour and tasting of vineyards in the Rockpile AVA for a group photo. Photo: George Rose Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Winegrowers, in partnership with Full Circle Wine Solutions, presented the fifth annual Sonoma Summit November 5-7 at wineries and vineyards…

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Chenin Blanc, Not Your Fathers Wine

Chenin Blanc wines are probably quite familiar to most wine consumers. Since the 11th Century, France’s Loire Valley has always produced lovely Chenin Blancs, such those from Savennieres and Vouvray. The French wines have varied from dry to sweet, and both seem to last decades or more. On the other…

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The Wines of New Zealand with Craggy Range

When Australian businessman Terry Peabody visited New Zealand in 1997, he was introduced to noted kiwi viticulturalist and Master of Wine, Steve Smith. The pair made an important decision from the very beginning – to pursue the Single Vineyard Philosophy of winemaking – to select and source the best land…

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Life with Maggie – Part 2

We last talked to Maggie about 3 years ago, just after she had embarked on her new venture at Antica Terra winery and vineyard, in Oregon. After working with Manfred and Elaine Krankl at Sine Qua Non for the better part of a decade, as well as starting her own…

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Five Fundamentals of Successful Food/Wine Pairing –Savor the Surprises!

Raymond Nasr, C.S. At a conference for venture capital and private equity CFOs, SVB’s master sommelier Raymond Nasr delivered a presentation on “Five Fundamentals of Successful Food/Wine Pairing”. His remarks dovetailed perfectly with the theme of the conference which is, “The Power of Connections.” After all, what better way is…

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Laurel Glen – Cabernet, Sonoma Style

Laurel Glen Vineyard, a thousand feet up the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, was well known as an excellent site for Cabernet Sauvignon even before the 1st vintage of Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1981. But it was the 16 acre vineyard developed in the 1970’s by Sonoma…

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Out of Africa

South Africa has a long history of wine, going back to the Dutch settlers. The wines, however, never received much distribution to other parts of the world, due primarily to trade sanctions during the latter part of the last Century in reaction to apartheid. When apartheid finally ended in 1994,…

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Maison Joseph Drouhin, with Laurent Drouhin

Those familiar with Maison Joseph Drouhin are in for a treat, as we spend some time with Laurent Drouhin talking about family and wine. Maison Joseph Drouhin bwas founded in 1880, when Joseph at the age of 22, left Chablis and settled in Beaune. He was succeeded by his son…

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46 East Passport Weekend for Zoo to You

Join the Wineries of 46 East & Zoo to You for a weekend of Wild Wine Tasting Fun! Visit any of the 13 46 East Wineries & get your Wine Tasting Passport for a $10 donation for Zoo to You. Jot down the animal ambassador in their Tasting Room for…

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