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Posted: November 12, 2014 By Harvey Steiman
Posted: November 5, 2014 By Bruce Sanderson
Acquiring vineyards in Burgundy is no small feat. It can be even more difficult if you are an outsider. American businessman Mark O'Connell started Domaine Clos de la Chapelle (DCC) in 2011, with the help of Pierre Meurgey, then president of Beaune négociant Champy and attorney Philippe Remoissenet.
The three purchased the Louis Boillot estate, encompassing 3.1 acres in Volnay and Pommard. Over the past year, O'Connell and Meurgey have purchased additional vineyards and inked deals on leases to bring DCC to a total of 10 acres, all premiers or grands crus.
Posted: October 15, 2014 By James Laube
Posted: September 30, 2014 By James Molesworth
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Posted: September 18, 2014 By Suzanne Mustacich
Posted: September 3, 2014 By Aaron Romano
Posted: August 5, 2014 By Bruce Sanderson
Posted: July 29, 2014 By Aaron Romano
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Posted: July 23, 2014 By James Laube
The decision about what wine to make is often as basic as what you like to drink and what you can sell. Winemakers figure if they make a wine they can't sell, they can drink it themselves. Up to a point.
Carl Doumani always liked Petite Syrah (his spelling), a drop in Napa Valley's bigger sea of Cabernet. When he bought the original Stags' Leap Winery property in 1971, it came with blocks of old-vine Petite that suited Doumani just fine. And true to his contrarian nature, he hung his white hat on Chenin Blanc, another old-time favorite that was losing steam. Selling those two wines amounted to paddling upstream as Cabernet and Chardonnay become the marquee wines of Napa, and favorites of American wine drinkers.
Posted: July 22, 2014 By James Laube
Posted: July 15, 2014 By Kasey Carpenter
Posted: July 11, 2014 By Suzanne Mustacich
Posted: July 8, 2014 By Harvey Steiman
The Washington wine label Wines of Substance was invented in 2006 by a couple of Walla Walla hotshots—Waters' winemaker Jamie Brown and Greg Harrington, founder of Gramercy Cellars. It had a promising early run. Some of the wines hit 90 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale. The black-and-white label design emulated the periodic table of the elements you might recall from chemistry class, assigning two-letter symbols to the grape varieties used to make the wines, priced at $14 to $20.
Posted: June 30, 2014 By Suzanne Mustacich
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