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Samantha Redmond

HOT BURNS WINES - 5 STYLES & 10 WINES FOR BURNS (& HAGGIS) FEASTS

Dishes such as haggis call for wines that cope with the spice of the ‘chieftain puddin’ but don’t overpower other ingredients such as the oats and meats. First up, try a Northern Rhone style Syrah where the black peppery spice, high acidity and black fruits can sit nicely with your Burns feast. Great examples from outside the Rhone are the Consolation Wild Boar Syrah from the Roussillion or the Two Vintners Some Days are Stones Syrah all the way from Oregon. Another approach is a Southern Rhone style blend, especially if they have a year or two's bottle age. Look...

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Samantha Redmond
Q&A WITH IAN BRAND OF I BRAND & FAMILY

Q&A WITH IAN BRAND OF I BRAND & FAMILY

What’s the story..? Tell us more about your journey into the world of wine: what was the moment or inspiration that led you to winemaking? I was a bit of a vagabond during and after college. At 25, after stints in Alaska, Ecuador, the island of Nantucket and on the rivers of eastern Utah, I decided I wanted to do a little surfing. I flipped my Bronco outside of Green River, Utah, bought a 71 VW bus off a friend and drove it across the desert to Santa Cruz, where I promptly ran out of money. The first full time...

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Samantha Redmond
Q&A WITH ADAM SMITH OF SKINNER VINEYARDS

Q&A WITH ADAM SMITH OF SKINNER VINEYARDS

What’s the story..? Tell us more about your journey into the world of wine and the inspiration that led you to wine making? I’m a hopeless romantic, so even before I knew what I wanted to do with my life and career, I was certain it would be something passion-based. I started out working as an artist and musician.  I put in hours as a barista, bumming around the rock n’ roll and art scenes in Los Angeles.  A rather goofy, one-eyed Frenchman owned a wine shop around the corner from my house and I started popping in to pick his...

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Samantha Redmond
Q&A with Hein Koegelenberg of La Motte

Q&A with Hein Koegelenberg of La Motte

What’s the story..? Tell us more about your journey into the world of wine: what was the moment or inspiration that led you to winemaking? My dad farmed with wine grapes and I grew up in a wine environment. I did some work as a cellar hand and winemaking really chose me! Which wine sparked your love of the grape? Chenin Blanc has been the work horse of the South African wine industry for a long time. It is such a reliable grape, so versatile. And today, because of the diversity of our terroir, there are so many exciting Chenin Blancs!...

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