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Conventional Varietals but Unexpected Results

Some weeks we’re in for a bit of adventure when it comes to our wine tasting. Adventure doesn’t necessarily mean trying unusual varietals or tasting wines we haven’t had before. Instead, adventure is all about exploring the efforts of younger wine makers, different continents or pure, soft expressions of grapes that can be particularly robust, flabby or unexciting. For this [...]

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Great Value Spanish Sparkling Wines

RAW Wine Week is finally calming down, though we’ve not stopped tasting wines since Saturday night. As always, we have been particularly excited about Clos Lentiscus, not only for the quality of the wines but the commitment to indigenous grapes and the desire to age these grapes in serious and unexpected ways. For this tasting we wanted to focus on [...]

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Domestic Wines That Continue To Surprise Us

Don’t get me wrong, I adore European imported wines, whether it’s a Vin jaune from Jura or a Sumoll from Catalonia. But sometimes the most exciting and unexpected wines are being made closer to home, perhaps because conventions of Old World winemaking don’t apply in the United States.That’s why this week I wanted to highlight three wines from around [...]

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Not All Grüner Veltliners Are Alike

Grüner Veltliner is one of the most planted white grapes in Austria but these wines haven’t gained international renown until recent decades. Many have skipped Grüner in favor of other varietals, whether it be a more robust Chardonnay or higher acid Riesling. Grüner, however, is gaining popularity and along with that popularity comes a host of natural wine producers perfecting [...]

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A Deep Dive Into Penèdes, Spain

Penedès is the official wine growing region of Spain located immediately to the southwest of Barcelona proper. It’s perhaps best known for its Cava production, but it also has a bounty of grapes, both red and white, that tend to absorb a mineral-rich clay soil. Selections de la Viña manages to bring some of the best natural wine producers [...]

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Fall Into These Transitional Sippers

I’m not one to believe that certain wines are only for certain seasons. A rosé can be perfect when you’ve had one too many Syrahs in the winter. However, as we move into fall (or try to at least), there are a new crop of wines we wanted to highlight that are perfect for the [...]

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