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Let me begin with the challenges confronting the global wine industry going into 2022. The global supply chain impacts all industries using “just in time” replenishment with a significant impact on the wine profession. In the past, an order for glass bottles, labels, corks and cardboard boxes—a high percentage sourced out of country—could be expected to arrive in 30 days.

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My November 2021 article discussed fortified wines—Madeira, Port and Sherry. I highlighted a 1490 Madeira fortified and one, remarkably, still available at a high cost. In general, collector wines represent, perhaps, no more than 5% in wine production, with considerable variance in price.

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Portugal's motherlode for fortified wines includes the Douro Valley on the northern border with Spain, producing port wines, and the Madeira Islands off Africa's west coast, 311 miles from Morocco. As the name implies, Madeira is a fortified wine. Spain, a neighbor to Portugal, is well known…

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Grenache, syrah and mourvèdre—briefly known as GSM—are the three red grapes comprising the centerpiece components for notable southern Rhône wines, including the region’s famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Thirty-one unique grapes, red and white, are grown in the entire Rhône region, north and sout…

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My column, “Wayne On Wine,” is now well into year 14. My overarching aim in each article is to expose readers to new grapes and production styles and emerging wine trends. That said, I always find particular pleasure in revisiting America's cult red grape: Zinfandel.

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A short history on a grape can improve a reader’s understanding of the wines produced from that grape. Chardonnay is a Vitus vinifera grape, meaning European with origins in the Saône-et-Loire, located between Lyon and Dijon in France. Chardonnay is an outstanding white grape grown in France…

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