Tag: Wine Making

Visiting Cain Winery and Vineyard

I had the pleasure of visiting Cain Vineyards in the Napa Valley and spending an afternoon talking with winemaker/ philosopher Chris Howell and later tasting his wines during a fabulous dinner at Terra Restaurant. Check out his wonderful, subtle, food-friendly

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The Art of Wine Writing and Blending Wine

I enjoy writing about wine in part because I get to participate in the wine making process. I always find elements of beauty, discovery and ancient ritual in wine making. My story about Napa Valley wine touring appears in the March

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Home Winemaking Chez O’Connell

Taking a break from writing, I spent the past fall fermenting our cabernet, merlot and syrah. It’s physical work, but very rewarding.

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Grand Rêve Vineyard: The Most Exciting New Vineyard in Washington?

The most exciting new vineyard in Washington could easily be mistaken for a rock quarry. Perched on the side of Red Mountain–perhaps the premier site for red wine grapes in the state–Grand Rêve (big dream in French) slants down a

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