My Latest in @SevenFiftyDaily: 7 Tips for Building a Sparkling Wine List that Pops

7 Tips for Building a Sparkling Wine List that Pops From menu organization to pricing, here’s how to set your bubbly selection apart by L.M. Archer The sparkling-wine market is on a seemingly unquenchable climb. In 2016, U.S. consumption alone rose 6.6 percent, according to the 2017 Wine Handbook of the Beverage Information Group, with […]

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The Hedonistic Taster: Mt. Beautiful Winery – North Canterbury, New Zealand

The Hedonistic Taster by L.M. Archer Mt. Beautiful Winery – North Canterbury, New Zealand As a wine writer, It’s rare to desire every wine sampled in a tasting line-up. Yet each Mt. Beautiful Winery wine here elicits a hankering for more. Hats off to Mt. Beautiful winemaker Sam Weaver, a quiet leader in New Zealand’s […]

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My Latest in Wines & Vines Magazine: “What’s Popping in Sparkling Wine Packaging”

What’s Popping in Sparkling Wine Packaging As more wineries add a sparkler to their portfolios, they also aim to have that bottling stand out by L.M. Archer According to a 2017 Nielsen study, 71% of consumers don’t know what they want when they walk into a store looking to buy some wine. Nielsen concluded packaging […]

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My Latest in Wines & Vines: Washington Barrel Auction Raises $251,500

Washington Barrel Auction Raises $251,500 Largest total yet for trade-only barrel auction featuring unique wines from the state’s top wineries by L.M. Archer Woodinville, Wash.—The fourth annual Auction of Washington Wines private barrel auction raised more than $245,000 to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program, nearly exceeding the […]

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The Hedonistic Taster: Mark Ryan Winery – Syrah Duo

The Hedonistic Taster by L.M. Archer A few years ago I interviewed Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery for Foodable Network. The story showcased his unconventional success story, one that looks more like a cautionary tale than an entrepreneurial blueprint. But it works. In part because of his business savvy. In part because he knows […]

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My Latest in Wines & Vines: Foothills Growers Happy with ‘Normal’ Vintage

Foothill Growers Happy With ‘Normal’ Vintage While labor remains a challenge, relief at a lack vintage “drama” and hopes for normal yields by L. M. Archer Placerville, Calif—Several growers in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a sprawling wine region ranging in microclimates, soil types and elevations, say they are cautiously optimistic about the 2018 vintage. Amador […]

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The Hedonistic Taster: The Champagne Edition №1

The Hedonistic Taster by L.M. Archer The Champagne Edition № 1 “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” – Mark Twain TASTING NOTES: Wine:  Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne Vintage:  N/V Alcohol:  12% Link to Producer Specs here. Suggested Retail: $60   Robe:  Pale lemon hue. Pinpoint perling, profuse mousse. […]

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The Hedonistic Taster: Summer White Wines Edition

The Hedonistic Taster by L.M. Archer As we approach the dog days of summer, I’ve opted to share a slew of cool white wine samples worth sipping well past Labor Day.  Enjoy! TASTING NOTES: Wine:  Boutari Santorini Assyrtiko White Wine Vintage: 2016 Alcohol:  13% Link to Producer Specs here. Suggested Retail: $25 Robe:  Clear golden […]

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The Hedonistic Taster: William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux

The Hedonistic Taster by L.M. Archer William Fèvre Chablis Champs Royaux Limited Edition Did you know that National Oyster Day is August 5, 2018? In celebration, what better wine to pair with the briny bivalve than a crisp, clean, mineral-driven Chablis? It’s a match mach in heaven for a very simple reason –  they’re related.  […]

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