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Our Mourvedre & Bottle Shock

Our Mourvedre & Bottle Shock

Last weekend we had a small bottling run and bottled about 105 cases of Mourvedre which is a typical run for us. We got the label machine working and so we didn’t have to hand label like we did with the Petite Sirah. You can check out Facebook and watch Lisa hand applying labels HERE;…

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Its Willamette Dammit

Its Willamette Dammit

Last week Lisa and I took an afternoon and investigated the northern half of the Willamette Valley in Oregon just south of Portland. It is a great place to visit especially if you like Pinot Noir because that’s about the only red you will find. Don’t ever pronounce this area as Will-A-Met, you might not…

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Koi Zen Cellars 1st Anniversary

Koi Zen Cellars 1st Anniversary

On April 24th, 2016 Koi Zen Cellars celebrated our 1 year anniversary. We planned 5 days of events and right now are very tired, but the whole event was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who came by both last week and during the entire first year. We could not have done this without…

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Put a Cork in IT

Put a Cork in IT

Cork Production, Sustainability and Carbon Footprint: This week we will be exploring natural corks and their use in the wine industry. Before opening the winery, I thought a cork was a cork and there wasn’t much to know about them. But, boy was I wrong! Check it out. Over 2,200,000 hectares (8500 square miles) of…

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Are Old World Wines the same as New World Wines?

Are Old World Wines the same as New World Wines?

Last week I wrote about how wine generally can be classified as either Old World, or New World. Well here is a twist I think you will enjoy. France has always been known as a premier wine growing region, but does France owe their success to America? You see, in the 1850’s avid botanists in…

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Judgement of Paris

Judgement of Paris

Old meets new at the Judgement of Paris 40 years ago. On May 24, 1976, Steven Spurrier,  a British wine merchant organized a blind tasting of some classic French wines against some of Napa Valley’s emerging wineries.  The results shocked the world and some say put Napa on the map as a legitimate wine region….

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Paso Robles and Terroir

Paso Robles and Terroir

Lisa and I just spent two wonderful days in Paso Robles exploring wine country and attending the WiVi (Wine & Viticulture) convention. It has been a while since we had a day away from the winery and it was great to spend a day exploring wineries and the various microclimates. On Tuesday we explored 8…

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Grapes and Global Warming

Grapes and Global Warming

Is Global Warming causing early Bud Break? A lot of people ask me how the drought and global warming is affecting winegrowers around the state. I wish I had a better answer, but I don’t really know, I am not sure if anyone really does. What I do know is that the vines in Napa…

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Highlights of some Koi Zen Cellars Parties

Highlights of some Koi Zen Cellars Parties

During our Parties, we have been having a lot of fun over @KoiZenCellars; here is a video of some highlights of some club pickups, events and parties.  Check out our event calendar  and sign up for the newsletter to stay informed. You don’t want to miss out on some great events. Please let us know…

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Terroir – Or Not

Terroir – Or Not

Terroir is a French word with no literal translation in English and the closes we can come to is “earth”, “soil”, or “place”. This word is tossed around all of the time. Some think it is just a French marketing term while others really believe in the concept of Terroir. I am not here to…

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