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1999 was an extremely challenging year in the Languedoc (as was 2000 but more on that next year). We were extremely fortunate to have deepened our association with Michel Escande, the absolutely brilliant winemaker of Borie de Maurel who consistently produces top-notch syrah in Felines-Minervois. In this case he certainly saved our bacon-fat. We also made great progress with the heretofore old-fangled winemaking co-op in Pépeiux, as rustic town, deep in the heart of the Land of the Cathars. We dragged them kicking and screaming into the Age of Macération Prolongée and Bubbles. More elegant than the fat '98, the wine shows a great deal of class and distinction. We are beginning to better understand the terroir of Minervois and how to best deploy it as a carrier for expressing the feminine genius of la syrah.
Bonny Doon Vineyard is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the tiny hamlet of Bonny Doon. The winery was founded in 1983 by the Grahm family. Randall Grahm, Winemaker and President-for-Life of Bonny Doon Vineyard, was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended Uncle Charlie's Summer Camp, excuse me, the prestigious University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was a permanent...Read More About Bonny Doon
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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