SPELL ESTATE | Minnesota-Based Winery Making Some of California’s Best Pinot Noirs

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Here's a good philosophy to go by in life: never underestimate Minnesota.     After all, Minnesota is the birthplace of The Replacements, Bob Zimmerman (a.k.a. Dylan) and Prince Rogers Nelson—and home to Bob Mould and the band that was Hüsker Dü—all giants of music in the 20th century. Minnesota is also the location of... Read more →

Great Winery of Alexander Valley, California | DEVIL PROOF — APERTURE

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Welcome to the cult of Jesse Katz.  What does it mean to be “cult?” “A cult wine is unlike any other wine and has a unique charter expression and story to go along with it. There are no substitutes.” says the wunderkind winemaker, who specializes in wine varieties grown in Alexander Valley, California, and is founder of the two... Read more →

Great Winery of Paso Robles, California | ANCIENT PEAKS

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Serendipity. It’s the word you could use to describe the divine forces at work that led to Columbus’ discovery of America. It’s also the word that could be used to explain how three families, the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms, came to own a fertile piece of sprawling land, called Rancho Santa Margarita, that is the source of some of... Read more →

Great Winery of Paso Robles, California | CLOS SOLÈNE

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Somewhere in the middle of a nondescript, industrial part of town in Paso Robles, California—populated with tin warehouses and appropriately dubbed “Tin City”—is a Frenchman born of the Languedoc region laboring in the wee hours of the morning over wine vats and excited about a concrete fermentation tank that has newly arrived in a... Read more →

The CORKSCREWER 13: Best Wines of 2016

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Why 13? Because 100 is too damn many.     Because 13 is more satisfying than 10 or 12. Because we believe, like the Chinese do, the number 13 is a fortuitous one. The number 13 forces us to be very picky and very disciplined in putting our annual list together. Our list could easily be 50, but these are the ones you... Read more →