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Le Dû's Grand Crew '19 "Traveling up the Italian Alps"

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Le Dû's Grand Crew '19 "Traveling up the Italian Alps"

There is perhaps no greater diversity of great wine in such a small geographic space as the Eastern Italian Alps. You can start in Valpolicella on the coast of Lake Garda, home to some of Italy’s richest and most concentrated wines, and be in Valtellina, home to some of the most ethereal wines in Europe, in just a few hours of windy mountain driving. Oh, and on the way you pass through one of the world’s greatest sparkling wine regions, Franciacorta. This is a study in the dramatic effect that elevation can have on the possibilities of winemaking even over...

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Le Dû's Grand Crew '19: "Rediscovering Saint Joseph"

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Le Dû's Grand Crew '19: "Rediscovering Saint Joseph"

  Saint Joseph contains some of the Northern Rhone’s most exciting terroirs. The trouble is that nothing about the label can really tell you if the wine your buying will be an outstanding value or disappointing plonk. This is because what was once quite a small appellation of about 100 hectares just across the river from the hill of Hermitage has long since been expanded to include almost 1000 hectares of largely unremarkable acerage. The vineyards, much like those in Hermitage, Cote Rotie, and Cornas, were once almost exclusively planted on steeply sloped granite hills, producing beautiful wines with unmatched...

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Le Dû's Grand Crew October '19: "Oregon"

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Le Dû's Grand Crew October '19: "Oregon"

Though once believed to be too cold for vines, Oregon has become a Garden of Eden for winemakers from around the world making a multitude of styles. It all began in the mid-60s when pioneers David Lett and Charles Coury struck out to the north, defying the accepted wisdom of their UC Davis professors. The Pinot Noirs produced over the next two decades in the lush Willamette Valley progressively caught more and more eyes - and palates. In the late 80s, the Burgundy negociant Maison Drouhin was so convinced of Oregon's potential that they began buying up land up and down...

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Le Dû's Grand Crew September '19: "Western Mediterranean Islands"

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Le Dû's Grand Crew September '19: "Western Mediterranean Islands"

There is an extraordinary wine country hiding in plain sight in Europe. Corsica, Sardinia, and the Balearics each fly different flags over their government buildings, but are inextricably linked in culture and history across the millenia. Though their wines show characteristics of their respective suzerains, there are unmistakable qualities that unite them: energy, freshness, and the saline bite that can only come from seaside vineyards. The grape names here like Cannonau, Malvoisie, and Nieullicio may seem strange, but they may blossom into approachability when you learn that these are merely local names for Grenache, Vermentino, and Sangiovese respectively. But ,...

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Le Dû's Grand Crew August '19: "Austria"

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Le Dû's Grand Crew August '19: "Austria"

Much like the history of Austria itself, Austrian wine often gets overlooked in the popular imagination compared to the central role it has always played. Going back centuries, Austrian nurseries have been a source for high-quality material of hundreds of grape varieties. In addition to the French varieties that were imported to Vienna and disseminated throughout Central Europe, the noble varieties indigenous to the lands of the Habsburg Empire, such as Blaufrankisch, Sankt Laurent, and Gruner Veltliner, were catalogued and preserved. A large proportion of the top-quality vine material in the US can trace its genetic lineage to Vienna. Winemaking...

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