The Wine Company

The Bill Hooper Report: Germany Harvest 2012

Today's guest post is from Bill Hooper, former salesman at The Wine Company and now a key man in the wine scene in the Pfalz region of Germany. For those of you that don't know Bill, he's a eloquent champion of all things German, but especially Riesling. The guy knows

Meet the Champagne Grower-Producers: Pierre Gimonnet

Do you know who the most talented winemakers in the world are? This is a serious question. Our answer may surprise you. The most talented winemakers in the world are at the big-name Champagne houses. Yes, Bollinger, Tattinger, Veuve Cliquot, and the other behemoths. Why are they the most talented winemakers? Because they

Meet the Champagne Grower-Producers: Gaston Chiquet

Before we get to the article, take a look at the photo to the left. That is Nicolas Chiquet of Gaston Chiquet Champagne. A guy with a name, and his name is on the bottle. How often have you ever experienced that out of Champagne? We often seek out family

Austrian wines: going deeper

Image is of a Smargd, a type of lizard that is the symbol and name of an elite category of wines from Austria. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Last week we posted a primer on Austrian wines including some short videos of Wil Bailey explaining the country, the styles, and why sommeliers

“You can’t taste wines like that and just walk away”

There is a large segment of the wine business where passivity is the name of the game. Allow the market to dictate the demand for something, then rush in to cut your own slice of the pie. It's a lazy but all too common side of the wine business (sometimes

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Cline Cellars

October is here, and the explosion of color on the trees of Minnesota is incredible. The temperatures are falling, and the cusine of choice is starting to lean toward braised meats, chili, and of course all things squash. While October represents a shift in weather and food, it also marks something
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