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In his most recent "Drinking Out Loud" column at Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer describes a Canary Island education that started with a complete tabula rasa. "It was just a handful of years ago that Canary Island wines were unknown and unseen in America. I certainly knew nothing about them," he writes. "Then the wines began to trickle in, sporting obscure varietal names such as Listán Negro, Listán Blanco, Negramoll, Vijariego, Marmajuelo and Tintilla, among others. The producers’ names were equally unfamiliar. Even with the labels in full view it was, at least for me, like tasting blind. I knew nothing except what my palate told me."We are delighted (if not surprised) to report what he discovered: "The message I repeatedly received was both clear and... Continue reading

We are in the craft spirits business! 

As of July 1st we can now offer you a portfolio of fine spirits centered on the excellent line-up from Craft Distillers.   We plan to grow the spirits portfolio, slowly, in a similar fashion to our wine portfolio; choosing producers who focus on local ingredients, use care in the process and who show a sensitivity to the environment-- and oh yes--who also stress flavor and character! 

We are happy to be part of this growing movement of craft spirits and look forward to being a part of it for a long time to come.

Healthy grapes and bright acidity are considered just as important as Oechsle measurements in today's wines

The 2015 vintage will be remembered for its dry, hot summer growing season. It will also be revered for the stellar quality fruit harvested by the VDP estates, even if overall yields were distinctly lower than in years past. Extensive manual selection, world-class vineyards and well-timed interventions paid major dividends this year, leading to frequent comparisons to the legendary 1959 and 1971 vintages.  Read more

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Making Zinfandel great again! Shaking hands and kissing babies at @nallewinery 90 year old vines + 3 month old ladies = next generation of California winemakers. #abv #dryfarming #californiaheritage #zinfandel #gimmethatbaby #lifeontheroad #squishyface Repost from @lightlet using @RepostRegramApp

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Own-rooted vines live longer. 150-200 year old Listn Negro vines at Monje. #ElSauzal #TacorenteAcentejo @canarywines @davidbowlerwine @felipemonje @bodegasmonje Repost from @davidmcduff using @RepostRegramApp

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Las Islas Canarias have arrived in #asheville #nc. #volcanicvino wine dinner at @chefkatiebutton's @nightbell starts in < 30 minutes! If you can't make it, recreate your own version at home -- find all the wines at @tablewineasheville. #islascanarias #listn

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Uh oh...here comes trouble! Today we're visiting Albany's first #distillery since #Prohibition. #newyorkstate #albany #fieldtrip #whiskey #rye #bourbon #straightmalt #rum Cc: @deathwishcoffee

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Jan Eymael may be part of #generationriesling, but we all know he's the king of #scheurebe. Tasting the 2015 dry scheurebe, you will wonder where the layers of texture are coming from. The wine saw extended skin contact -- 12 hours -- before pressing and vinification in stainless. Hit @espingarn up to taste with Jan TODAY! #rudiweist #pfalz #pfeffingen #riesling #scheurebe #gewurztraminer #herrenberg #gg #grossesgewchs #winegeeks #winetasting #terrarossa

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Come for the #cornas, stay for the #charcuterie. Trade only #Burgundy & #Rhone tasting -- plus a guest appearance by winemaker Jason Drew -- happening at the Bowler office today 'til 4pm. Ham credit: @leechasalow & @anna_harlow.

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#oldschool #newschool #genuinewines #tabernadeharo #spanishwine #volcanicvino #bowlerdoesboston

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Bowler is in Boston! Come to the @tabernadeharo to taste #volcanicvino and our gems from the mainland til 3pm. Thanks #genuinewines for putting on a great show!

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Tasting 2015 Kabinetts with Thomas Haag of Schloss Lieser. Both are drop-dead gorgeous! Picking between the two is almost impossible. The only logical answer... buy both! #germanriesling #mosel @davidbowlerwine Repost from @the_cellar_table using @RepostRegramApp -

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We couldn't help but notice that Buchegger's ros (3rd bottle pictured) had the least amount left in the bottle. Just sayin'! #kremstal #austrianrose #roseallday