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Wines of Croatia, Part II:  “Original Zin”

Wines of Croatia, Part II: “Original Zin”

We read an article recently in a reputable publication that proclaimed Zinfandel as California’s “heritage grape,” and went on to describe this grape varietal as “a quintessentially American phenomenon.  It’s zesty, rugged and loud, challenging to rear, a lover of barbecue.”  This characterization of Zinfandel is not uncommon and we have even heard more casual … Continue reading Wines of Croatia, Part II: “Original Zin”

Pinot Noir Blanc = Champagne without the bubbles

Pinot Noir Blanc = Champagne without the bubbles

This is the latest chapter in our ongoing series of posts about wines and wine makers that we feature on our Online Wine Store.  Our Topochines Vino wine store focuses on small-production wines from family wineries in the United States and Europe.  This chapter is dedicated to one of our newer winery partners, Ghost Hill Cellars … Continue reading Pinot Noir Blanc = Champagne without the bubbles

Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

We recently ran across a book whose title asserts "wine is not rocket science."  After our recent trip to Oregon's Willamette Valley, we are not so sure.  One of the wineries we visited as we were scouting wines for our Topochines Vino Wine Store is Vidon Vineyard, located just outside of the town of Newburg in the … Continue reading Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Just before Thanksgiving we made a trip to Oregon's Willamette Valley wine region to scout out unique wines for our Topochines Vino wine store.  As our "home base" for our five-day trip, we stayed at Youngberg Hill Inn, easily our favorite place to stay in all of Willamette Valley.  This was not our first time staying … Continue reading A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Making a small fortune in the wine business

Making a small fortune in the wine business

You’ve heard the old joke, right? Q:  How do you make a small fortune in the wine business? A:  You start with a large fortune and lose some of it. A clear sign of our dubious sanity is our decision to become wine importers and online retailers, despite not starting with a large fortune.  Today … Continue reading Making a small fortune in the wine business