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Raise a Glass to Mother Earth

April 22 is Earth Day. Earth Day was born in 1970 after a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, prompted then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to rally the nation and help save our planet. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way. From recycling to biking to work there is a keen awareness that…
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Joe Wagner: 5 Things You Need To Know About The 5th Generation Winemaker

Copper Cane Wines & Provisions founder Joe Wagner is pushing the next generation of Napa Valley winemakers to the next level. At 34, he understands that his peers want good wine at reasonable prices and more hands-on experiences. So he’s making affordable wines and experimenting with freezing grapes so people can participate in the wine-making…
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Try a Greek Moschofilero Wine

Anaximander, a Greek born around 610 BC, was one of the first map makers to create the map of the world. It’s a good thing, because you may need a map to find the vineyards in Greece. As the third most mountainous country in Europe, Greece’s distinct topography enables the cultivation of cool weather grapes in a warm…
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As the Weather Warms Up, Get to Know Vinho Verde

As the weather starts to warm, we can’t help but think about the beach, outdoor festivals and backyard BBQs. And this year, the perfect wine for all that alfresco fun may just be a Vinho Verde. Not only is it light and refreshing, but some wines have this wonderful effervescent is thirst-quenching and practically energizing.…
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Champagne Sales to the U.S. are Poppin’!

Wow, are we popping the bubbly these days!! Champagne shipments to the U.S. have increased for the fourth year in a row, according to the Champagne Bureau in Washington, D.C. (Yes, there’s a Champagne Bureau.) It seems more than 21 million bottles of Champagne were shipped from France to the U.S. in 2016. If we…
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We Love Wine – and Our Dogs!

We love wine… and we LOVE our dogs. So why not celebrate both — especially since March 23 is National Puppy Day! Not that you need a day to celebrate your fine, furry friend, but it’s a super-fun excuse to pay homage to your four-legged bestie. And wineries love dogs as much as we do.…
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The Ancient Greeks Invented Democracy

In the midst of this ..uh...interesting...political time, it makes sense to raise a glass and remember that the Greeks created democracy 4,000 years ago. And we’re guessing that wine must have played a role in all those ancient political discussions. We’ve covered some of the Greek whites before but as a refresher, Greece has about…
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5 Questions with Silverado GM Russ Weis

Russ Weis, general manager of Silverado Vineyards is a firm believer that wine is meant to be drunk. And the Miller family, who owns the six properties, believes the same. “Ron Miller has an amazing cellar of wine — and he drinks all of it,” says Weis. While the history of the property dates back…
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