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Damsel Cellars: Out In Front

Damsel Cellars: Out In Front


Posted on Mar 6, 2019

Woodinville Washington wine

Winemaker Mari Womack

Damsel Cellars. The name of the winery might conjure up the historical myth of a woman, seemingly helpless, in need of rescuing. In the case of the woman behind the winery based in Woodinville, Washington and the meaning behind the name, nothing could be further from the truth.

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Elderton Wines: Family in Command

Elderton Wines: Family in Command


Posted on Feb 27, 2019

Barossa Valley Wine

Allister Ashmead

Our visit with Allister Ashmead, whose family owns Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa in Australia’s Barossa Valley, was fascinating; a true eye-opener, and a wonderful tasting experience.

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Barossa Valley Wine

The entrance at Rockford

Entrepreneurs have one common trait: an unwavering belief in their vision despite the odds and the naysayers. Rockford Wines was started with no money, no customers, and no reputation…just a dream. A tough way to start a winery in the Barossa Valley in the mid 1980’s when the industry was in such poor shape, the government was paying people to pull vines and use the land for pasture! Thirty-five years later, Rockford stands as a testament to one man’s determined focus combined with a steadfast refusal to compromise on his core values.

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Alpha Box & Dice: Letter Perfect

Alpha Box & Dice: Letter Perfect


Posted on Feb 13, 2019

Mclaren Vale wine Australia

Winemaker Sam Berketa

When we were first introduced to Alpha Box & Dice in Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region, we admit we were skeptical about a winery that is currently working with 29 different varieties from over 40 different plots. Like seeing a thick menu at a restaurant, our first thought was how could they possibly produce so many wines well—and with just one winemaker? Our concerns quickly dissolved when we sat down with Winemaker Sam Berketa and learned that there clearly was a method behind the seemingly apparent madness.

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Wine High Club: Air New Zealand

Wine High Club: Air New Zealand


Posted on Feb 6, 2019

business class airline

Air New Zealand Business Premier

In previous Wine High Club features, we’ve highlighted airlines including Air France, Air Canada and KLM who each consult with a well-known Sommelier or Master of Wine to help curate their business class wine lists. Air New Zealand has taken the focus on wine one step further by consulting with no less than 7 of New Zealand’s leading wine experts. On a recent flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, we were prepared to test whether their offering would end up being that much better than the competition…or if it would be a case of too many oenophiles in the cellar.

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Powell & Son: It’s Complicated

Powell & Son: It’s Complicated


Posted on Jan 30, 2019

Barossa Valley australia

Michael Sawyer, Chris, and Dave Powell.

We had the pleasure to spend three hours tasting and talking with iconic Australian winemaker Dave Powell, his general manager Michael Sawyer and two close friends of ours at the Powell & Son winery in Barossa, South Australia.It’s complicated because of the patchwork of history that has led up to the creation of Powell and Son and the extraordinary wines they are making. That history is largely yesterday’s news, but it is also context for the story that was about to unfold for us.

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