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James Molesworth

September 2009

A Sit Down with South Africa's Emil den Dulk of De Toren
Another winery starts to take a close look at its dirt
Posted: Sep 30, 2009 10:12am ET
Emil den Dulk, owner of South Africa’s De Toren winery stopped by for a sit down today. Like most quality-conscious vintners, den Dulk isn’t standing pat, despite the very solid track record his Cabernet Sauvignon-based Fusion V blend has established. And as you might expect, most of den Dulk’s focus is on aspects that won’t affect what the consumer sees until a few years down the road. And, as you might expect, that focus is on dirt.
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A Sit Down with Nicolás and Laura Catena
The Catenas are fine-tuning their terroir
Posted: Sep 29, 2009 10:12am ET
While dashing from Boston to New York on a recent swing through the marketplace, Argentina's Nicolás and Laura Catena were kind enough to stop by for a quick sit down. The Catenas brought with them two of the 2007 single-vineyard Malbecs with the aim to talk about terroir in Mendoza.
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A Sit Down with Argentina's Ricardo Santos
A veteran of the Argentinean wine industry still does it his way
Posted: Sep 24, 2009 10:12am ET
Argentina is hot. Malbec is hot. Lots of new hotshot wineries are popping up. Single vineyard wines are proliferating. The wine face of Argentina is new, young and popular. In the race for the newest though, it’s sometimes easy to overlook those who have been there all along. Ricardo Santos, 72, has seen the Argentina wine business go from nothing to where it is today.
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A Sit Down with South Africa's Constantia Glen
The winery will debut two Bordeaux-style reds from the cool Constantia ward
Posted: Sep 15, 2009 10:59am ET
There’s a theory that the best wines are made on the extreme boundaries of a growing region. Push the limits of where a certain variety can ripen, and you’ll make the best wine – the Mourvèdre grown by Beaucastel at the northern edge of the southern Rhône for example, or Cabernet Sauvignon grown on California’s Santa Cruz or Dunn mountains. South Africa's Constantia Glen winery is going to put that theory to the test.
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Another Sit Down with Paul Hobbs
The globe-trotting winemaker stops by to talk Malbec, Argentina, California and more
Posted: Sep 9, 2009 10:59am ET
Winemaker Paul Hobbs details the latest developments with his Viña Cobos project in Mendoza, Argentina, and talks about the impending 2009 harvest in California. Hobbs, based in California, also has a growing consultant business and now finds himself working in Hungary and Canada as well.
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