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That’s why Wente Vineyards holds the distinction of being the oldest, continuously-operating, family-owned winery in California. The great-great-grandchildren of C.H. Wente, a German immigrant, are now involved in the business he started in 1883.

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That’s not the only “first” to which the Wentes can lay claim. They pioneered quality winemaking in the Livermore valley, about a 45-minute drive east from San Francisco. They introduced Chardonnay to the United States exactly a century ago. Cuttings from those vines quickly wound up elsewhere in the state and today virtually every California vineyard is planted with “Wente clone” Chardonnay.

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The sons of C.H., Ernest and Herman, were the first to offer wine labelled by grape variety — a Sauvignon Blanc, under the brand Morning Fog — in the years just after U.S. prohibition.

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Ernesto "Nesti" Bajda's idea is this: Halfway up the Andes Mountains, the ozone layer is thinner and the sun is more intense, so the grape skins grow thicker, making darker, more flavorful wines.

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"There's less filtration from the atmosphere, which triggers mechanisms that thicken the skins and create more phenolics and antioxidants," he said.

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It's a well-grounded theory. He presented it at the First International High Altitude Winemaking Symposium in California in 2007.

Chenin Blanc



As the saying goes, if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life. That certainly rang true while working on the March issue of New Jersey Monthly. It’s all about wine—specifically Jersey wines.

Cabernet Shiraz

Discussions about the wine issue started in October. My assignment was to coordinate a blind tasting of New Jersey wines, complete with gold and silver medal winners. There are close to 40 wineries in New Jersey; we invited each to submit their two best bottles and then divided the submissions into seven categories. The categories were created based on what types of wines are being produced in our state. Red wines fell in to one of four categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Other Reds. White wine was divided into two categories; Chardonnay and Other Whites. We then had a fruit wine category for Garden State favorites like cranberry wine.

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We assembled a panel of judges—wine educators, retailers and restaurant sommeliers/owners—all from New Jersey. Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar in the Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown served as the perfect venue with a private wine tasting room. It was a pleasurable morning of tastings, musings and laughter. I thought to myself : “This is work?” Organizing the wines, pouring them for the judges (sorry for the occasional spill) and discussing Jersey’s wine industry was just plain fun.

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The state produces some of the finest Pinot Noir in world. Its Pinot Gris, which generally flies under the radar, is full of character and often offers a tremendous value. Oregon's top sparkling wines are absolutely stunning. It's a region well worth exploring.

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The modern Oregon wine industry traces its roots to the late 1960s, when a number of young idealists moved to the state.

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The trailblazer was David Lett, who purchased a hillside property in the Willamette Valley in 1965, shortly after finishing the winemaking program at the University of California, Davis. Lett's professors urged him against moving so far north, believing it would be too cold and too wet for wine grapes. But other pioneers soon followed in Lett's footsteps, and within just a few years, they proved the naysayers wrong.

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PURCELLVILLE, Va., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Nestled in the Virginia hills, Breaux Vineyards may be a newcomer on the map of North American winemaking, but it has quickly gained international recognition as being more than fertile ground for quality grapes. The winery has been consistently producing first-rate wines - notably a collection of Viogniers that has received praise from Oz Clarke, Britain's most famous wine writer and broadcaster.

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Clarke, who holds the "World Wine Tasting Champion" title among other wine-related claims to fame, recently ranked the Breaux Vineyards Viognier #87 in his new book, 250 Best Wines 2012. The Breaux Vineyards Viognier is one of only three United States wines ranked in the top 250, despite the fact that the U.S. is the fourth largest wine-producing country in the world. Securing such a highly coveted spot on Clarke's list is nothing short of an extreme honor for the emerging brand and region, not to mention the people behind it, says Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Breaux Vineyards' Director of Sales.

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"There's something special about Virginia wines, particularly when it comes to Viognier," Blosser says. "With an outstanding collection of flavorful classics, Virginia wines are holding their own with the best in the international marketplace, and we're thrilled to be selected with this latest recognition." While Clarke has a clear gift for choosing great wines, he's passionate about his professionalism and has tasted from thousands of bottles and barrels over the years. Recently, he's honed in on the superiority of Virginia Viogniers and highlighted the foothold that they are now securing worldwide. Clarke recently wrote about Virginia Viogniers in the Oz Clarke Pocket Wine Guide 2011: "My most thrilling discovery in the USA this year has been the wine from vineyards spread around Washington, DC, in particular those of Virginia, whose sumptuous, scented Viogniers are world-class" (as blogged on Dave McIntyre's WineLine).

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