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  • Bryce Wiatrak: La Landonne

    “Today’s a Landonne day,” Philippe Guigal says to me with boyish delight. As he reiterates later, Landonne was his vineyard. “I was born in January 1975, and Landonne has been planted in January 1975,” he explains. Phili...
    • 9 Apr 2020
  • Jennifer Angelosante: Guide to Phenolics

    In a 1991 segment of 60 Minutes, America was introduced to the now well-known “French Paradox,” the observation that the French have low rates of heart disease despite their rich diet. At the end of the show, with glass in hand, host Morl...
    • 27 Mar 2020
  • Bryce Wiatrak: The Ghost of Prohibition

    In an 1840 speech to the Illinois House of Representatives, of which he was then a congressman, Abraham Lincoln argued, “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes b...
    • 28 Feb 2020
  • GuildSomm Team: The New "Soft" Drink

    There are many legitimate reasons to abstain from or reduce the consumption of alcohol; for me, diet fads are not among them. I hope not to appear glib in passionately promoting wine culture and remain aware that for many, a mere sip of alcohol can l...
    • 21 Feb 2020
  • Kelli White: Aging Wine: Facts & Feelings

    I’ve been told my palate favors decay. That might sound like an insult (and it may very well have been intended as one), but I find it a reasonable assessment. After all, my favorite foods include stinky cheese, dry-aged beef, and mushrooms&mda...
    • 16 Jan 2020
  • Bryce Wiatrak: Indigenous Grapes

    Late one evening a few years ago, I stumbled across a question in some dark corner of an online wine forum. “Can you name 100 grapes that you’ve tasted?” the user asked the oenophilic interwebs. There was even a whole organization, ...
    • 3 Jan 2020
  • Zachary Geballe: Five Keys to the Grower-Winemaker Relationship

    Zachary Geballe explores the interactions between growers and winemakers in the American fine wine industry, outlining five keys to healthy collaborative relationships.
    • 27 Nov 2019
  • Vicky Burt: Advice for WSET Students

    Victoria Burt, Product Development Manager for Wine Qualifications at WSET, offers an introduction to WSET, explaining recent updates to its materials and new qualifications.
    • 1 Nov 2019
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