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First Tasting of 2015 Burgundies For A Good Cause

2015 is a highly anticipated Burgundy vintage. Our first tasting of 2015 Burgundies this Saturday to benefit victims of the California wildfires, we are featuring the latest 2015 releases from Domaine Jean Claude Rateau and from Domaine Les Faverelles. Based in Beaune, Rateau was the first biodynamic vigneron in Burgundy, who later influenced Leroy, Leflaive,

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Disgorging Jolly Ferriol Pet’Nat

I visited Jolly-Ferriol deep in Roussillon last October and got to try hand-disgorging their pet’nat with Jean-Luc Chossart. It’s many times more difficult than I thought! I can’t imagine that they do this for every single bottle. I think Isabelle is the designated disgorger. Haha! Not many producers of pet’nat disgorge. Jolly-Ferriol disgorges because they

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Absentee Winery, Point Reyes Station, CA

Avi Deixler is a serious winemaker, which may not be readily apparent. He launched Absentee Winery in Point Reyes Station this year with an initial production of just 400 cases consisting of three wines from the 2016 vintage. I recently drove to Point Reyes Station to meet him. His small winery is a former milking

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