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How Carmenere Came Back from the Dead

Carmenere is a French grape variety of Bordeaux origin, which is known for having a savory character that features a velvet texture, black fruit and and spicy notes. This lovely wine was almost lost to the world in the second half of the 19th century by a Phylloxera plague (insect pest) that destroyed all of the Carmenere grapevines […]

Cab Sauv
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Why We Love Cabernet Sauvignon

Meet Cabernet Sauvignon, also known as the King of Wines. It grows in both cool and warm climates, comes in four different styles and has the perfect flavor profile for food pairing or to enjoy on its own. The accidental breeding of a red Cabernet Franc grape plant and a white Sauvignon Blanc plant in […]

WBTC Cavern
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The History of Wine Caves

The history of wine caves can be traced back several thousand years, when the Romans discovered the best way to store and age wine is in a cool, damp underground environment. They used the catacombs as both an underground cemetery and a wine cellar. However, it was not until the mid 1800s and the California […]

Cote Rotie
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French Terroir In Your Backyard

Introducing the Côte of Fair Play. Fair Play isn’t really a valley—it’s a Côte or Coteau (the hillside or the “foothillside”). Our Côte shares various similarities with the Côte-Rôtie appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) in France. Like the Côte-Rôtie, Fair Play features granitic and slate soils, steep slopes and extreme temperatures, making it ideal for growing Rhone […]