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INDIGENOUS YEASTS

Today I’ve chosen a controversial topic among winemaking practices, which is the use of indigenous or native yeasts in wine fermentation. Yeasts are very important in winemaking, because they are [...]
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Raising our Glasses to Jeremie Castor

You know that the time is flying when, before you know what’s happening, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! And that’s Friday! Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? Toasts with [...]
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Canopy Manangement at the Vineyard

Not necessarily neat: a more approach to canopy management. We have approached vineyard canopy management a bit differently this year. In the run up to harvest we have gone for [...]
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2013 Harvest at Chateau Saint Nabor of Rhone Valley

If I had to use one word to describe this 2013 vintage I would definitely use “patience”. Why is that ? Due to the weather conditions during the whole year [...]
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Marquee’s Featured Wine of the Week: Caligiore Reserve Bonarda

We’re in love with this Caligiore Reserve Bonarda. Move aside Malbec, and share the table with this lovely wine from Argentina. With its rich berry aromas, it combines with an understated earthy [...]
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BONARDA: A TRULY ARGENTINIAN EXPERIENCE

Yes, Argentina is world-renowned for its wonderful Malbec with its sweet, velvety tannins that have seduced consumers all around the world for decades, but Argentina is not just Malbec. Throughout [...]
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Why Should You Drink Backsberg Wine Instead of Water?

“Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” How about, “Water, water, everywhere, but maybe you should drink some wine?” Undoubtedly it would make a tastier world, and I [...]
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Marquee’s Featured Wine of the Week: Kosher Chardonnay by Backsberg

When was the last time you had a great Kosher Chardonnay? Can you remember where you were, who you were with, and what you were eating? Chardonnay is definitely no [...]
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Marquee’s Wine Maker’s Corner: South Africa’s Enchanting Chenin Blanc by Simon Back of Backsberg Estate Cellars

The Chenin Blanc grape variety originates from the Loire Valley in France. It was introduced to South African soil in the 17th century. Since then it has become the most [...]
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Featured Wine of the Week: Backsberg Pinotage

This week we feature South Africa’s sweetheart, the robust Backsberg Pinotage. Ideal for this season’s tastes, the wine’s smoky hints and ripe mulberry and sweet strawberry flavors dance with a [...]
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South African Wine to the Rescue!

We know South African wine is superb. From the terrior, to the loving hands that nurture the grape, South Africa produces a wine with a flavor unlike any other. Sophisticated, [...]
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Featured Wine of the Week: Tread Lightly Merlot

Are you tired of sipping dull, lifeless Merlot? We see you nodding your head in agreement.  Perfect, because we have the answer to the boring Merlot problem plaguing the earth, [...]
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Argentina Bonarda: The Mysterious Grape

The Argentina Bonarda grape was once the favorite love of Argentinean winemakers, but throughout the years has been overshadowed by the glorious Malbec. As one of the last grapes to [...]
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Marquee’s Winemaker’s Corner: Caligiore’s love of organic Malbec and winemaking

Today I want to retell you about one of the most exciting things about wine-making,  and one of what fuels my passion for making wine like our organic Malbec. These [...]
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Featured Wine of the Week: Tread Lightly Sauvignon Blanc

We adore Tread Lightly Sauvignon Blanc. Its lime and gooseberry characters as they dominate the palate, cleverly matching fruit sweetness with natural acidity, while bursting with aromas of passion fruit. [...]
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