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The changing face of Aussie wine

The wines of Australia and New Zealand have never been better, but ironically they have never so ignored. Australia is suffering an identity crisis, a victim of their own success.  For many years it seemed the Aussie wine train was unstoppable, and as soon as one label became successful suddenly a dozen imitators followed suit.  […]

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Judging wines at the Minnesota State Fair

The day begins early, which is almost always a glorious summer morning with birds singing and an absence of mosquitoes.  The yellow jackets have not yet found the trash cans, the animal barns smell of animals rather than their manure, the deep fried food vendor’s clothes are still tidy, and most noticeably attitudes are always […]

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Getting into the wine business

It’s the question I field more often than most. “How do I get into the wine business?” There is no simple answer, but let’s talk about this for just a bit. The wine business is not unlike other industries: more often than not, it’s who you know. This can be a daunting thing if you’re […]

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