Monthly Archives: July 2010

Magic Capsules

I never paid much attention to wine capsules–the foils you remove to open a wine. OK, maybe some easier than others to cut. But once I wandered into the Ramondin showroom, I was so charmed by all these beautiful miniature sculptures! I want a cool one for Virage!! Isn’t this like everything in life–focus on it, learn a bit, and you want the beautiful, refined thing. And in this case, yippee, only costs a few cents more. Continue reading

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Early Label Design!

Joe Herdell went through 500 fonts before choosing this one, trying to balance an “old world” style with forward-looking and handcrafted Virage wines. A feminine feel to match the suppleness of Cabernet Franc. Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

For several months it was hard to have a normal conversation–or sleep for that matter; name ideas were a constant distraction. Continue reading

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Soils of the Napa Valley AVA

Here’s an astounding fact: within the boundaries of the Napa Valley AVA are half of the world’s soil orders. “Orders” are classified by soil formation process. Let’s stop there because I’m not a geologist, but HALF? Continue reading

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What is “Right Bank”?

This unfamiliar expression (after years in the wine business so it’s not just you) turned out to be quite helpful to understanding the wines of Bordeaux. Continue reading

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Checking the 2010 Set: A Virage Vineyards Tour

It’s instructive to visit nearby vineyards back-to-back, like tasting wines in a flight–you always learn something. Continue reading

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