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Events

Food & Wine Show 2009 Blind Tasting     Blind tasting at the Food & Wine Expo 2009
Terrific line up with telling results

Pinot Grigio: Santa Margherita, Santa di Terrossa & Bethel Heights
Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver Oak, Jack Williams & Decero
They grilled Saint Thibault. Why not roast in his honor?     One must celebrate La Fête de St. Thibault
So gather your friends together at your place to enjoy French wine and grill up a storm

July bears many great reasons to celebrate but none so dear to the grilling wine-lover as La Fête de St. Thibault; Patron saint of charcoal and champion of French wine and food, Saint Thibault [♪♫ sahn TEE-bo ♪♫] is certainly worth pulling corks, sparking up the grill, and drinking deeply with your friends and family.
Update for Robbin     Business as usual
Why we spit: the truth behind expectorating wine and the risks run if swallowed.     Glean a bit of our empirical wisdom of wine tasting and wine spitting.

Food and Wine

Affiner, what is it?     This is a short explanation of affiner, the art of aging cheese, by Chantal Plasse who is an affeneuse.
Bruno Prieur on Sancerre terroir     Creator of ArtisanVineyards.com Larry Colbeck speaks with Bruno Prieur of Domaine de Saint Pierre about the characteristics of Sancerre and its unique terroir.
Cheese & Wine with Chantal Plasse     Chantal Plasse and Larry Colbeck discuss five french cheeses and the wines best served with them. Madame Plasse is an affineur...a person experienced in the curing and aging of cheese. What is the french word for a person who really enjoys cheese? Well, that's Larry.
Copper River Sockeye is Here     Larry visits Coastal Seafood to learn more about the Copper River Sockeye salmon that has just begun it's season.
Maximillian Riedel     Maximillian Riedel on the Riedel crystal dynasty and his achievements as the 11th generation CEO.
Moelleux Vouvray versatility     Beneath the tuffeau soils of Vouvray, Wil Bailey of Artisan Vineyards discusses the Moelleux category with Jean-Michel Gautier, of Racauderie.
Pairings - Rosé Wine and Food     Wil suggests food pairings with Rosé wine.
Rosé Wine is Rarely Sweet     Rosé though sweetheart to many is seldom sweet!
Shuck, slurp, drink, repeat...     Love to neck freshly shucked oysters? Adore washing them down with cool, invigorating wine? Are you curious to venture into the glorious pleasures of eating oysters? This video is for you to know the best pairings we've found through grueling personal trial and error!
Sparkling Vouvray     Domaine de la Racauderie uses the Methode Traditionnelle to produce their sparkling Vouvray wines.
Wine & Fish, part 1     Join Larry Colbeck on an elucidating trip to Coastal Seafood. Discuss the season's best catch and what makes Halibut, Copper River Salmon and Razor Clams so delectable!
Wine & Fish, Part 2     Want to know the loftier joys of apt fish and wine pairing? Each of these wines improve the already divine scents, flavors and textures of the very best Fruits de la Mer! Halibut, Copper River Sockeye Salmon and the delectable nutty richness of Razor Clams reach new plains in the hands of top notch Chablis, Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc, Rias Baixas Albarino, Rhonanienne Saint Joseph, Cotes de Ventoux, Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir and Barbera d'Alba. Look into why wine lifts the fruits of the sea to a heavenly dimension. In this case we swallow so you can be sure of the wine we offer.

Tasting & Stemware

Food & Wine Show 2009 Blind Tasting     Blind tasting at the Food & Wine Expo 2009
Terrific line up with telling results

Pinot Grigio: Santa Margherita, Santa di Terrossa & Bethel Heights
Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver Oak, Jack Williams & Decero
Krafuss Pinot Noir by Lageder     Krafuss...a Pinot Noir made in the Alto Adige region of Italy by Alois Lageder. Urs Vetter tells of the place and the wine.
Maximillian Riedel     Maximillian Riedel on the Riedel crystal dynasty and his achievements as the 11th generation CEO.
Why we spit: the truth behind expectorating wine and the risks run if swallowed.     Glean a bit of our empirical wisdom of wine tasting and wine spitting.
Wine & Fish, Part 2     Want to know the loftier joys of apt fish and wine pairing? Each of these wines improve the already divine scents, flavors and textures of the very best Fruits de la Mer! Halibut, Copper River Sockeye Salmon and the delectable nutty richness of Razor Clams reach new plains in the hands of top notch Chablis, Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc, Rias Baixas Albarino, Rhonanienne Saint Joseph, Cotes de Ventoux, Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir and Barbera d'Alba. Look into why wine lifts the fruits of the sea to a heavenly dimension. In this case we swallow so you can be sure of the wine we offer.

Traditions

They grilled Saint Thibault. Why not roast in his honor?     One must celebrate La Fête de St. Thibault
So gather your friends together at your place to enjoy French wine and grill up a storm

July bears many great reasons to celebrate but none so dear to the grilling wine-lover as La Fête de St. Thibault; Patron saint of charcoal and champion of French wine and food, Saint Thibault [♪♫ sahn TEE-bo ♪♫] is certainly worth pulling corks, sparking up the grill, and drinking deeply with your friends and family.
What is Beaujolais Nouveau?     Artisan Vineyards' Larry Colbeck and Wil Bailey answer the question: What is Beaujolais Nouveau and review Joseph Drouhin's Beaujolais Nouveau 2009.

Viniculture

Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena     Wil Bailey talks with Bo Barrett about Chateau Montelena and the soil diversity among their Napa Valley vineyards
Bruno Prieur on Sancerre terroir     Creator of ArtisanVineyards.com Larry Colbeck speaks with Bruno Prieur of Domaine de Saint Pierre about the characteristics of Sancerre and its unique terroir.
Josh Jensen of Calera on ArtisanVineyards.com     Among the limited pantheon of great Pinot Noir winemakers, Josh Jensen apprenticed under DRC early on. Upon returning home to California, Jensen knew the great Burgundian varietals require limestone soils. Hear Calera's story on ArtrisanVineyards.com
Prosecco - "The hit of Italian wine"     We all love to toast, tip it back, and celebrate each day with a glass or a bottle but what is Prosecco? All the tastier knowing the hills from which it comes!
Sparkling Vouvray     Domaine de la Racauderie uses the Methode Traditionnelle to produce their sparkling Vouvray wines.
The Art of Selecting Rosé     The portfolio director selects Rosé wines from the new vintage.
What is Arneis?     Piedmont’s best kept secret, Arneis is a white varietal hailing from the Roero hills. In contrast to the big reds of Piedmont, Arneis offers a pleasing dry white reminiscent of orchard scents and flavors both refreshing and engaging.
What is batonnage?     The stirring of the lees into the juice enhances the structure and flavors of the finished wine.

Vintages

2009 Vintage in Burgundy with Laurent Drouhin     Laurent Drouhin, fourth generation at Maison Joseph Drouhin, tells us his impressions of the extraordinary 2009 vintage in Burgundy.
Bouchard on 2008 Vintage     Luc Bouchard of Bouchard Pere & Fils on both Cote de Nuit and Cote de Beaune in 2008
Bruno Prieur on Sancerre terroir     Creator of ArtisanVineyards.com Larry Colbeck speaks with Bruno Prieur of Domaine de Saint Pierre about the characteristics of Sancerre and its unique terroir.
Phillipe Prost, Vintage 2011 of Cote d'Or     The Wine Company visits Bouchard Pere & Fils in the Cote d'Or to learn the early impressions of Vintage 2011. Interview with winemaker Phillipe Prost.
The 2007 vintage in Burgundy     Laurent Drouhin of Joseph Drouhin discusses with Wil Bailey the 2007 vintage in Burgundy

Fine wine online at http://www.artisanvineyards...
Vogue's Francois Millet on 2008 vintage     Gifted with a patient and poetic strength of metaphor, Vogüé's wine maker Francois Millet described the nature of the 2008 vintage in evocative ways. Learn what the year brought their gifted parcel among the Cote de Nuits.

Viticulture

A Sangiovese primer with Colleen McKettrick     A brief look at the nuances of Sangiovese.
Bethel Heights’ Mimi Casteel on Organic Farming     Mimi Casteel of Bethel Heights speaks on Artisan Vineyards of the challenge and benefits of organic grape growing in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. What does it take for a vineyard and winery to be certified organic? Mimi elucidates this approach to sustainable agriculture.
Biodynamic viticulture at Bethel Heights with Mimi Casteel     Biodynamic viticulture: myth or reality? Do moon phases and the orbiting planets determine the flavor of the wines we love? Very little stands in the way between Mimi Casteel and sustainable agriculture and it runs in the family.
Biodynamics according to Laurent Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin     Domaine Joseph Drouhin has long pioneered low impact viticulture. Laurent Drouhin, a contemporary scion of this family-run winery tells us how farming all their estates has affected the wines.
Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena     Wil Bailey talks with Bo Barrett about Chateau Montelena and the soil diversity among their Napa Valley vineyards
Bruno Prieur on Sancerre terroir     Creator of ArtisanVineyards.com Larry Colbeck speaks with Bruno Prieur of Domaine de Saint Pierre about the characteristics of Sancerre and its unique terroir.
Canes, La Pousse d'Or     It's a quick roadside lesson about cane pruning the grape vines in Burgundy's La Pousse d'Or vineyard. Wil Bailey, Portfolio Director, The Wine Company.
Domaine Pichot on Vouvray Terroir and Chenin Blanc     Wil Bailey meets with Jean-Claude Pichot of Domaine Pichot. Come learn about the intricate terroir of Vouvray and hear first hand why their Chenin Blanc is harvested so late.
Josh Jensen of Calera on ArtisanVineyards.com     Among the limited pantheon of great Pinot Noir winemakers, Josh Jensen apprenticed under DRC early on. Upon returning home to California, Jensen knew the great Burgundian varietals require limestone soils. Hear Calera's story on ArtrisanVineyards.com
Padrillos Malbec - Matias Fraga     Matias Fraga of Ernesto Catena Vineyards introduces us to the Padrillos Malbec.
Russ Raney, Evesham Wood     Russ Raney
Several Interviews     Wil Baily visits with a world of grape growers and wine makers: Robin Back of Fairview and Goats do Roam who speaks on South African grape growing, Stu Devine of Villa Maria who expresses the intricacies of canopy management in New Zealand's maritime climate, Dominic Symington of Warres Port on the characteristics of each property's terroir, Carlos Trad of Dona Paula cutting the Gordian knot of Argentine viticulture asserting that altitude determines more than anything.

Artisan Vineyards brings you face to face with the artisans in their vineyards!
winter pruning, La Pousse d'Or     Here's a roadside primer on winter pruning among the vines of La Pousse d'Or in Burgundy courtesy of our man Wil Bailey, Portfolio Director at The Wine Company. Learn what a little viticulture can do in making the great Burgundies of La Pousse d'Or.

Wine Regions

A Burgundy to stir the memory of a mostly and sadly bygone style and certainly of bygone pricing.     “Javillier is a passionate seeker after truth (or, in this case, perfection) working each barrel differently in a constant series of trials to see what works best. He has little in the way of grand land, but he is a real master. ”—Clive Coates
A Sangiovese primer with Colleen McKettrick     A brief look at the nuances of Sangiovese.
Alto Adige & Alois Lageder     The Alto Adige region of northern Italy turns out very compelling wines. ArtisanVineyards.com invited Christian McIntosh of Dalla Terra Winery Direct to tell us more about the region and one of its best wine producers, Alois Lageder.
Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena     Wil Bailey talks with Bo Barrett about Chateau Montelena and the soil diversity among their Napa Valley vineyards
Bouchard on 2008 Vintage     Luc Bouchard of Bouchard Pere & Fils on both Cote de Nuit and Cote de Beaune in 2008
Bouchard Pere et Fils Signature Wines and their terroirs.     Luc Bouchard compares the signature wines of Bouchard Pere et Fils from the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits in Burgundy. He explains how Volnay Caillerets, Vignes l'Enfant Jesus, and Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Cailles display their terroirs.
Bruno Prieur on Sancerre terroir     Creator of ArtisanVineyards.com Larry Colbeck speaks with Bruno Prieur of Domaine de Saint Pierre about the characteristics of Sancerre and its unique terroir.
Chablis, the lay of the land     Learn the basic information about this world famous land of chardonnay, from soil types to food pairings.
Domaine Pichot on Vouvray Terroir and Chenin Blanc     Wil Bailey meets with Jean-Claude Pichot of Domaine Pichot. Come learn about the intricate terroir of Vouvray and hear first hand why their Chenin Blanc is harvested so late.
Krafuss Pinot Noir by Lageder     Krafuss...a Pinot Noir made in the Alto Adige region of Italy by Alois Lageder. Urs Vetter tells of the place and the wine.
Moelleux Vouvray versatility     Beneath the tuffeau soils of Vouvray, Wil Bailey of Artisan Vineyards discusses the Moelleux category with Jean-Michel Gautier, of Racauderie.
Prosecco - "The hit of Italian wine"     We all love to toast, tip it back, and celebrate each day with a glass or a bottle but what is Prosecco? All the tastier knowing the hills from which it comes!
Several Interviews     Wil Baily visits with a world of grape growers and wine makers: Robin Back of Fairview and Goats do Roam who speaks on South African grape growing, Stu Devine of Villa Maria who expresses the intricacies of canopy management in New Zealand's maritime climate, Dominic Symington of Warres Port on the characteristics of each property's terroir, Carlos Trad of Dona Paula cutting the Gordian knot of Argentine viticulture asserting that altitude determines more than anything.

Artisan Vineyards brings you face to face with the artisans in their vineyards!
The 2007 vintage in Burgundy     Laurent Drouhin of Joseph Drouhin discusses with Wil Bailey the 2007 vintage in Burgundy

Fine wine online at http://www.artisanvineyards...
Washington Wine, how is it different?     Winemaker of Tamarack Cellars tells us what sets Washington State wines apart.
What is Arneis?     Piedmont’s best kept secret, Arneis is a white varietal hailing from the Roero hills. In contrast to the big reds of Piedmont, Arneis offers a pleasing dry white reminiscent of orchard scents and flavors both refreshing and engaging.

Winemakers

Alto Adige & Alois Lageder     The Alto Adige region of northern Italy turns out very compelling wines. ArtisanVineyards.com invited Christian McIntosh of Dalla Terra Winery Direct to tell us more about the region and one of its best wine producers, Alois Lageder.
Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena     Wil Bailey talks with Bo Barrett about Chateau Montelena and the soil diversity among their Napa Valley vineyards
Bruno Prieur on Sancerre terroir     Creator of ArtisanVineyards.com Larry Colbeck speaks with Bruno Prieur of Domaine de Saint Pierre about the characteristics of Sancerre and its unique terroir.
Josh Jensen of Calera on ArtisanVineyards.com     Among the limited pantheon of great Pinot Noir winemakers, Josh Jensen apprenticed under DRC early on. Upon returning home to California, Jensen knew the great Burgundian varietals require limestone soils. Hear Calera's story on ArtrisanVineyards.com
Phillipe Prost, Vintage 2011 of Cote d'Or     The Wine Company visits Bouchard Pere & Fils in the Cote d'Or to learn the early impressions of Vintage 2011. Interview with winemaker Phillipe Prost.
Russ Raney, Evesham Wood     Russ Raney
Vogue's Francois Millet on 2008 vintage     Gifted with a patient and poetic strength of metaphor, Vogüé's wine maker Francois Millet described the nature of the 2008 vintage in evocative ways. Learn what the year brought their gifted parcel among the Cote de Nuits.
Washington Wine, how is it different?     Winemaker of Tamarack Cellars tells us what sets Washington State wines apart.

 
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