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On Cos d'Estournel & Tasting 9 Vintages

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Cos d'Estournel has emerged as one of the best and most consistent producers of Bordeaux. This article details the changes there over the past 20 years and covers a tasting by Fred Swan of nine wines with technical director Dominique Arangoits.

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What Makes a Wine Great? The Top 10 Qualities

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

What separates truly great wines from those which are very good, but somehow less memorable? Famed wine writer and educator Karen MacNeil has identified nine attributes. This article explains each.

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2017 Vintage in St. Helena & Highlights from its Recent AVA Tasting

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Last week I attended the Appellation St. Helena (ASH) tasting. It was a preview event for the Premiere Napa Valley Auction. Twenty-one St. Helena AVA member wineries poured current releases, auction lots, and the occasional library wine. I tasted all 61 wines. It doesn’t make sense to provide notes for all of those here, so I’ll hit the highlights and address the 2017 vintage which was that of the auction lots.

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On Deciding when to Harvest

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Of all the decisions made for a wine though, when to harvest is arguably the most significant choice. It affects yield, flavors and aromas, texture, acidity, potential alcohol, balance, approachability, and aging potential. One or two days can make a huge difference. And waiting too long can result in substantial losses if the weather turns bad. How do they choose the date?

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