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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Alive and Kicking – Zinfandel

It’s seems like to have been quite a while since Zinfandel held sway in the wine spotlight. There once was a time when Zin was all the rage. Then, to paraphrase Casey Stengel: ‘it’s too popular; nobody goes there anymore.’ Now, with the rise of Pinot Noir, the ambivalence of…

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From Chile to California

In 1978, a young Alex Guarachi boarded a plane from Chile to California with the goal of becoming a professional soccer player. Sidelined by an injury in college, a soccer career was no longer an option, and Alex had to set his sights elsewhere. Alex hails from Santiago, Chile. One…

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The Wines of António Mendes Lopes

When someone talks about the wines from Portugal, most of us naturally assume that we are talking about Port, the fortified wine from the Douro Valley region. Well, there are more to the wines of Portugal than merely Port. In fact, there are a whole host of non-fortified wines, made…

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