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A Balanced Merlot Blend

An attractively priced, screw-topped proprietary red from one of New Zealand’s top producers, the 2009 Craggy Range Te Kahu hits all the right notes. Bright and balanced, with mouthfilling black fruit flavors, yet lively acidity, it’s an extremely versatile food wine. As you might expect […]

In a sea of vines, ampelography can help growers tell which grape varieties are which. Credit: Copyright Tina Caputo
Vineyard CSI: How To Read Grape Leaves

Let’s say you bought some Cabernet Sauvignon vines from a local nursery to plant a vineyard. You decided on Cabernet because you determined that this particular grape variety would be best for your location because of its soil type, sun exposure and climate. But then […]

Creative wines such as Blanc de Bleu are shaking up the traditional wine world. Credit: Copyright 2016 Tina Caputo
Winemakers Follow Bold Brewers And Get Creative

In the world of craft beer and spirits, imagination and product innovation are never in short supply. Persimmon ale? Check. Smoked bourbon? Yep. Oyster stout? You betcha. But when it comes to wine, experimentation is usually limited to combining grape varieties that don’t traditionally go […]

A wine lover snaps a photo of a Cinder wine, one of Idaho's new offerings. Credit: Copyright 2015 Matt Green
Idaho Wines Are No Small Potatoes

Idaho is famous for potatoes. Now the state’s swelling ranks of winemakers want to put Idaho’s wines on the culinary map. So far, they appear to be making headway. Just ask Andy Perdue, wine writer for the Seattle Times and editor and publisher of the […]