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February 14, 2021

Conservation Viticulture – Part 2

Conservation viticulture–no till, diversity, and permanent cover crop–builds microbial soil life, keeps pests and weeds at bay, and increases carbon and nitrogen in the soil. Read Part 2 in a recent Jancis Robinson post. Pictured above are the vines of Melanie Pfister, one of our growers in Alsace who has long practiced conservation viticulture.

February 2, 2021

Conservation Viticulture

Conservation viticulture–no till, diversity, and permanent cover crop–builds microbial soil life, keeps pests and weeds at bay, and increases carbon and nitrogen in the soil. Read about it here in a recent Jancis Robinson post. Pictured above are the vines of Melanie Pfister, one of our growers in Alsace who has long practiced conservation viticulture.

December 28, 2020

A Brief Guide to Buying Champagne

by Jordan Michelman, Eater, Dec 28, 2020 I love Champagne — the way it smells, tastes, and bubbles up while I’m enjoying a nice full glass. As we stride toward the time of year (and what a year) when Americans consume the most Champagne, there are decisions to be made, should we all be so…

August 20, 2020

Harvest Report 2020

West Coast Harvest 2020 news: check it out here. See below for harvest updates for our European growers. 2020 is an excellent vintage, I mean really excellent, well balanced, even if it’s a bit too early for a serious tasting. Picking was not easy and we had to stop twice, 2 days and then 4…

August 19, 2020

Natural Born Swillers

Great article in Gourmet Traveller Wine about our latest addition to our New Zealand portfolio–Deep Down Wines. Read it here or download it as a pdf.

July 6, 2020

Welcome to the Party, Mélanie!

Our Alsace tastings revealed a trove of classics, with some stunning vintages from Trimbach; reimagined classics, with sensitively farmed wines from the likes of Olivier Humbrecht and Mélanie Pfister; and some markedly successful wines that sulfur never touched…Alsace has been blessed by a string of good to great vintages, especially the ripe and fresh 2017s,…

May 19, 2020

Update from Gaillac, France

The vines are naturally confined since in principle they stay where they are planted. So confinement doesn’t scare them, and they give themselves over to it with joy! Especially since after a very mild winter, the spring has been fairly mild as well. These last few weeks we have had numerous storms and showers, but…