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Voyages of the Vine  
America’s Original, Zin

By JT Robertson, Special to BTI

Wine drinkers these days are a savvy bunch.  They know about regions, grapes, growers, and vintages.  This is good!  The more we know and demand, the better juice we’ll get.  But an overlooked factor is vine age.  Pinot Noir needs twenty years to start really strutting whereas young Chardonnay can be impressive at fifteen.  Then there are the grapes that really need some years on their skin to start blowing minds: Grenache, Carignan, Zinfandel.  Fortunately, America’s West Coast is loaded with beautiful Old Vine Zin and it’s an absolute shame there isn’t more recognition of one of our viticultural treasures.   more >>


South America, Home to Flavor and Value
Amazing wines at amazing prices

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2013 Spanish Wine
Searching for Identity in Lesser Known Wine Regions

By JT Robertson, Special to BTI

Coke is different than Pepsi. Reebok is not the same as Nike. Barolo is not Bordeaux. A clearly defined identity is as important in the world of wine as it is for mass market consumables. A wine appellation’s terroir, its tradition of style and quality serve as a signpost, not only for the end consumer but for the producers working within the region.   more >>


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