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Points of View. Not Points. Grape Collective launched in 2013 to offer compelling stories about wines and the people who make them. Our columnists include experienced wine journalists like Dorothy Gaiter, David White, and Monty Waldin. But Grape Collective isn’t just another wine magazine stuffed with plaudits and point scores. We take a different tack. Our writers choose the wineries, winemakers, regions, and wines they're driven to write about, telling us why each wine matters. And then we source those wines to make them easier to buy and try. It’s a new model, but one that gives writers latitude and readers options. We hope you like it. Facebook updates by Christopher Barnes.

Living Soils, Living Vessels, Living Wines: The Bottled Philosophy of Weingut HeinrichGernot and Heike Heinrich have ful...
07/13/2019
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Living Soils, Living Vessels, Living Wines: The Bottled Philosophy of Weingut Heinrich
Gernot and Heike Heinrich have fully embraced biodynamics, amphora, and skin ferments as ways of expressing "sense of place" in their corner of Burgenland, Austria. By Valerie Belz Kathawala
https://grapecollective.com/articles/living-soils-living-vessels-living-wines-the-bottled-philosophy-of-weingut-heinrich

Living Soils, Living Vessels, Living Wines: The Bottled Philosophy of Weingut Heinrich

Grape Collective Senior Editor Dorothy Gaiter with Vitalie Taittinger and cellar master  Alexandre Ponnavoy of @champagn...
07/11/2019

Grape Collective Senior Editor Dorothy Gaiter with Vitalie Taittinger and cellar master Alexandre Ponnavoy of @champagnetaittinger at a tasting at @themodernnyc. The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2007, the most recent release, was worth $215.99 just for the nose -- minerals, lovely acidity, and still young. The Brut la Française reminded us of why it was our wedding Champagne. The Brut Millésimé 2013, equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, was focused and elegant. Taittinger is still a classic.
@taittingerusa @dottieandjohn @kobrandwines

News Flash: Heitz Will Split Itself to Return to Its (Vineyard) Roots“What is Heitz’s legacy and what do we want to ...
07/05/2019
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News Flash: Heitz Will Split Itself to Return to Its (Vineyard) Roots
“What is Heitz’s legacy and what do we want to be known for? We’re going back to that. Single-vineyard wines is our focus and everything else takes a back seat.” Carlton McCoy. Heitz Cellar by Dorothy Gaiter John Brecher
https://grapecollective.com/articles/news-flash-heitz-will-split-itself-to-return-to-its-vineyard-roots

Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher speak with the new president of Heitz Cellar, Carlton McCoy Jr.

Ntsiki Biyela: First Lady of South African Wine"We went to the awards function, and to get into the hall and you see tha...
06/29/2019
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Ntsiki Biyela: First Lady of South African Wine
"We went to the awards function, and to get into the hall and you see that there's only two black people who are here at the function, and the rest of the black people we are seeing are the waiters and waitresses." Aslina wines by Ntsiki Biyela interview by Edward M. A. Marchese
https://grapecollective.com/articles/ntsiki-biyela-first-lady-of-south-african-wine

An interview with award-winning South African winemaker Ntsiki Biyela of Aslina Wines.

Today’s wine art is yesterday’s wine marketing.
06/28/2019

Today’s wine art is yesterday’s wine marketing.

06/25/2019

Native grapes of #Umbria Luca Baccarelli on Grechetto #wine check out the interview at grapecollective.com video by Max High-Cuchet

Thanks to @terrytheise for recognizing @valkatnyc excellent piece on Bernard Ott to read go to grapecollective.com and t...
06/24/2019

Thanks to @terrytheise for recognizing @valkatnyc excellent piece on Bernard Ott to read go to grapecollective.com and type Ott into the search bar.

Ted Edwards On Crafting Nearly 35 Vintages at Freemark Abbey"I've gone out to do tastings, public pourings, and people h...
06/21/2019
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Ted Edwards On Crafting Nearly 35 Vintages at Freemark Abbey
"I've gone out to do tastings, public pourings, and people have thought it was an actual abbey and that I'm one of the monks! I hate to disappoint them." -Ted Edwards, winemaker at Freemark Abbey Winery By Lisa Denning
https://grapecollective.com/articles/ted-edwards-on-crafting-nearly-35-vintages-at-freemark-abbey

"I've gone out to do tastings, public pourings, and people have thought it was an actual abbey and that I'm one of the monks! I hate to disappoint them." -Ted Edwards, winemaker at Freemark Abbey

That’s Sweet -- or Not: How Etude Wines Pinot Gris Disrupted Our Marital Bliss“I often use the Pinot Gris as a wine ...
06/21/2019
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That’s Sweet -- or Not: How Etude Wines Pinot Gris Disrupted Our Marital Bliss
“I often use the Pinot Gris as a wine to introduce our philosophy and approach toward winegrowing and winemaking, with minimal intervention in the winery.” Jon Priest by Dorothy Gaiter John Brecher
https://grapecollective.com/articles/thats-sweet-or-not-how-etude-pinot-gris-disrupted-our-marital-bliss

That’s Sweet -- or Not: How Etude Pinot Gris Disrupted Our Marital Bliss.

Native grapes of Umbria our interview with  @luca_bucarelli check it out at grapecollective.com
06/20/2019

Native grapes of Umbria our interview with @luca_bucarelli check it out at grapecollective.com

Johannes @selbachoster and @hannahselbach having a laugh at the @terrythiese @skurnikwines tasting #rieslingisfun
06/18/2019

Johannes @selbachoster and @hannahselbach having a laugh at the @terrythiese @skurnikwines tasting #rieslingisfun

Ever tried Zierfandler a unique Austrian grape? Check out @valkatnyc piece on Standlmann at grapecollective.com - a perf...
06/15/2019

Ever tried Zierfandler a unique Austrian grape? Check out @valkatnyc piece on Standlmann at grapecollective.com - a perfect compliment to a poolside weekend

The Native Grapes of Umbria: Luca Baccarelli of Roccofiore"...we can offer a kind of new proposal of wines, offering new...
06/14/2019
The Native Grapes of Umbria: Luca Baccarelli of Roccofiore - Grapecollective.com

The Native Grapes of Umbria: Luca Baccarelli of Roccofiore
"...we can offer a kind of new proposal of wines, offering new varieties because the indigenous varieties from Umbria are almost unknown in the shadow of the big Tuscany wines or maybe other wines from Italy. So for many reasons Umbria is really interesting." Luca Baccarelli
https://grapecollective.com/articles/the-native-grapes-of-umbria-luca-baccarelli-of-roccofiore

An interview with Luca Baccarelli of Roccofiore in Umbria.

Yes.
06/12/2019

Yes.

#repost @vinitalyinternational We are proud to introduce the next batch of candidates that will join us in New York 🇺...
06/11/2019

#repost @vinitalyinternational We are proud to introduce the next batch of candidates that will join us in New York 🇺🇸 for the #VinitalyAcademy Italian Wine Ambassador certification course from June 26 to 30!

We can’t wait to meet them in person!
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Siamo orgogliosissimi di presentarvi il prossimo gruppo di candidati che si uniranno al corso di certificazione Italian Wine Ambassador della Vinitaly International Academy a New York 🇺🇸 dal 26 al 30 giugno.
Non vediamo l’ora di conoscerli tutti!

Ciao e benvenuti!

#WineBusiness #ItalianWine #NativeGrapes #WineTasting #ItalianWinery #WineEducation #WineLearning #WineSchool #WineCourse #WinePeople @steviekim222

Zierfandler and Rotgipfler: Austria’s Treasures Hidden in Plain SightBernhard Stadlmann is the eighth generation of hi...
06/11/2019
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Zierfandler and Rotgipfler: Austria’s Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight
Bernhard Stadlmann is the eighth generation of his family to specialize in this pair of rare indigenous Austrian varieties. His organic farming, top crus, and ultra-traditional vinifcation are two treasures of the Thermenregion hidden in plain sight. By Valerie Belz Kathawala
https://grapecollective.com/articles/zierfandler-and-rotgipfler-austrias-native-grape-power-couple

Bernhard Stadlmann is the eighth generation of his family to specialize in these rare indigenous Austrian varieties. His organic farming, top crus, and ultra-traditional vinifcation allow us to discover two treasures of the Thermenregion hidden in plain sight.

06/08/2019

@villajob talking orange wine - check out full interview grapecollective.com

August Kesseler: Why You Should Drink Riesling, Even at a Wedding“Because Riesling is the most delightful and versatil...
06/08/2019
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August Kesseler: Why You Should Drink Riesling, Even at a Wedding
“Because Riesling is the most delightful and versatile variety in the world, easy and enjoyable to drink, and you will find out the second bottle always tastes better than the first! Riesling keeps you thirsty and will never fill you up.” August Kesseler by Dorothy Gaiter John Brecher
https://grapecollective.com/articles/august-kesseler-why-you-should-drink-riesling-even-at-a-wedding

Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher discuss the wines of German producer August Kesseler.

Claudio Sottile: Following NYC Dreams to Sicily and Back"...it's cool because there's these microclimates that exist wit...
06/07/2019
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Claudio Sottile: Following NYC Dreams to Sicily and Back
"...it's cool because there's these microclimates that exist within the valley that make growing wine there specifically very, very unique and different."
-Claudio Sottile interview by Marco Salerno
https://grapecollective.com/articles/claudio-sottile-following-nyc-dreams-to-sicily-and-back

Marco Salerno interviews Claudio Sottile of Iniceri Wines in Sicily.

Skin contact wine in Friuli - the fine mustachioed @villajob check out the interview at grapecollective.com banner art b...
06/05/2019

Skin contact wine in Friuli - the fine mustachioed @villajob check out the interview at grapecollective.com banner art by @piersparlett

Enjoying listening to Michael Benedict talking about how he discovered Sanford and Benedict Vineyard @sanfordwinery
06/04/2019

Enjoying listening to Michael Benedict talking about how he discovered Sanford and Benedict Vineyard @sanfordwinery

Great seeing Stuart Smith @smith_madrone such wonderful wine - their spot at the very top of Spring Mountain is amazing
06/03/2019

Great seeing Stuart Smith @smith_madrone such wonderful wine - their spot at the very top of Spring Mountain is amazing

A New Approach to Skin Contact in Friuli: Alessandro Villa Job of Villa Job"Objective is the wine that all the people wo...
06/01/2019
A New Approach to Skin Contact in Friuli: Alessandro Job of Villa Job - Grapecollective.com

A New Approach to Skin Contact in Friuli: Alessandro Villa Job of Villa Job
"Objective is the wine that all the people would like to drink. Subjective is a more personal wine, a personal trip. So it's a more intimate way to produce and to speak with the people." Alessandro Job
https://grapecollective.com/articles/a-new-approach-to-skin-contact-in-friuli-alessandro-job-of-villa-job

"Objective is the wine that all the people would like to drink. Subjective is a more personal wine, a personal trip. So it's a more intimate way to produce and to speak with the people." Alessandro Job on his journey into skin contact wine

This Texas Tempranillo was excellent. Great seeing Sergio, Susan, Ed @fallcreekvineyards
05/31/2019

This Texas Tempranillo was excellent. Great seeing Sergio, Susan, Ed @fallcreekvineyards

Texas Sagrantino! Fun tasting the Texas wines of Ron Yates and Karen and Paul Bonarrigo’s Messina Hof Winery
05/30/2019

Texas Sagrantino! Fun tasting the Texas wines of Ron Yates and Karen and Paul Bonarrigo’s Messina Hof Winery

Nice to see the food and beverage artisans of New York out at #hudsonberkshirewinefestival
05/26/2019

Nice to see the food and beverage artisans of New York out at #hudsonberkshirewinefestival

Pahlmeyer Wine: How to Remain World-Class While Retiring to Hawaii"The reason we decided to write this column and look i...
05/25/2019
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Pahlmeyer Wine: How to Remain World-Class While Retiring to Hawaii
"The reason we decided to write this column and look into what’s happening at Pahlmeyer is that we just tasted three new releases and we were tremendously impressed – not just by how good they were, but how consistent they have been over time." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
https://grapecollective.com/articles/pahlmeyer-how-to-remain-worldclass-while-retiring-to-hawaii

Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher discuss Pahlmeyer.

Checking out Champagne Lombard with Thomas Lombard - what’s better than a little splash of Champagne on a beautiful Ne...
05/24/2019

Checking out Champagne Lombard with Thomas Lombard - what’s better than a little splash of Champagne on a beautiful New York day? Opici Wines

Grape Collective Senior Editor Dorothy Gaiter with the father of modern Judean Hills  winemaking, Eli Ben Zaken. Four wi...
05/21/2019

Grape Collective Senior Editor Dorothy Gaiter with the father of modern Judean Hills winemaking, Eli Ben Zaken. Four wineries calling themselves the Judean Hills Quartet showed off some stunning Israeli wines in NYC. For much more about Israel’s wine industry, grapecollective.com. @dottieandjohn

Thibaut Girin of Domaine Girin"The region has made its fame thanks to Beaujolais Nouveau, and for some years, thanks to ...
05/20/2019
Understanding Beaujolais: Thibaut Girin of Domaine Girin - Grapecollective.com

Thibaut Girin of Domaine Girin
"The region has made its fame thanks to Beaujolais Nouveau, and for some years, thanks to the work and experience of the winemakers, the Beaujolais are also long-keeping wine, who only want to showcase themselves and give to consumers pleasure all year round." Thibaut Girin Domaine Girin
https://grapecollective.com/articles/understanding-beaujolais-thibaut-girin-of-domaine-girin

"The region has made its fame thanks to Beaujolais Nouveau, and for some years, thanks to the work and experience of the winemakers, the Beaujolais are also long-keeping wine, who only want to showcase themselves and give to consumers pleasure all year round." Thibaut Girin

Monty Waldinwaldin talking biodynamics with Salcheto Michele Manelli check out our interview with Monty on grapecollecti...
05/20/2019

Monty Waldinwaldin talking biodynamics with Salcheto Michele Manelli check out our interview with Monty on grapecollective.com

@monty_waldin was the first wine writer to focus on biodynamics and wine - check out our interview at grapecollective.co...
05/19/2019

@monty_waldin was the first wine writer to focus on biodynamics and wine - check out our interview at grapecollective.com. Photo @italianwinepodcast banner design @piersparlett

Understanding Biodynamic Wine: The Monty Waldin Interview"Well, the three pillars of biodynamics, the main thing is you'...
05/17/2019
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Understanding Biodynamic Wine: The Monty Waldin Interview
"Well, the three pillars of biodynamics, the main thing is you're trying to make every single vineyard of farm a self-sustaining living organism, and what that means is you're trying to minimize inputs." Monty Waldin
https://grapecollective.com/articles/understanding-biodynamic-wine-the-monty-waldin-interview

"Well, the three pillars of biodynamics, the main thing is you're trying to make every single vineyard of farm a self-sustaining living organism, and what that means is you're trying to minimize inputs." Monty Waldin

@nycrestaurants talking wine, food and #meetoo with @chefcharliepalmer
05/14/2019

@nycrestaurants talking wine, food and #meetoo with @chefcharliepalmer

Coffe good, wine great.
05/13/2019

Coffe good, wine great.

05/08/2019

Understanding #Prosecco Chatting with @villasandi @vinitalyinternational video by @piersparlett editing by Max High Cuchet

Understanding Prosecco: Interview with winemaker Stefano Gava of VillaSandi Winery"Treviso represents the heart of the a...
05/04/2019
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Understanding Prosecco: Interview with winemaker Stefano Gava of VillaSandi Winery
"Treviso represents the heart of the appellation, the regional area of Prosecco. And you can find a different kind of soil, because you are very close to the mountains." Stefano Gava of Villa Sandi explains Prosecco #Prosecco at VINITALY 2019
https://grapecollective.com/articles/understanding-prosecco-interview-with-winemaker-stefano-gava-of-villa-sandi

"Treviso represents the heart of the appellation, represent the regional area of Prosecco. And you can find a different kind of soil, because you are very close to the mountains." Stefano Gava of Villa Sandi

Great labels (and great wine) from @villajob
05/03/2019

Great labels (and great wine) from @villajob

Great tasting the lovely skin contact wines of Lavinia and Alessandro @villajob @saviosoaresselections
04/29/2019

Great tasting the lovely skin contact wines of Lavinia and Alessandro @villajob @saviosoaresselections

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