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Wine Solutions

Dedicated to discussing the enjoyment of wine through wine tasting, collecting,
studies and travel, Wine Solutions is Toms wine consulting company.
"The Blog" is the writing outlet for many of the experiences provided by Wine Solutions.
The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert
The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert
A Visit to MacDonald & Detert Oakville, Napa Valley Alex MacDonald For the longest time, I have wanted to see for myself the To-Kalon vineyards, to be surrounded by its treasured vines and walk its hallowed soils.  I wanted to experience first hand what it is about this particular vineyard that makes the wine produced from it so famous.  Should it be the most famous vineyard in all of America, as many think it is?  Many of America’s most lauded wines from the past 150 years have come ...
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Graham’s & Dow’s Graham’s & Dow’s
Graham's & Dow's

In February I made my first wine-related work trip to Portugal and third overall. I had the chance to check out the newly renovated Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim in the Douro and the Graham’s Port lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the Douro river from Porto

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E. Guigal E. Guigal
E. Guigal

Recently I had the pleasure to taste some of the most heralded wines from the Rhone valley made by the Guigal family of Ampuis, in the heart of Cote-Rotie.  Legendary #Syrah wines have been made by 3 generations of the #Guigal family, as well as great #Viognier from #Condrieu

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Weingut Knoll: The Classicist Weingut Knoll: The Classicist
Weingut Knoll: The Classicist

Of all the wine producers in the Wachau, maybe none more than Knoll sets ablaze the attention and desire of the sommelier set and the wine geeks, and for a very good reason as these are very special wines.  Having had a few great examples of their wines back home I was convinced I had to make an appointment with Knoll to see what makes it so special

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The Genius of Soalheiro The Genius of Soalheiro
The Genius of Soalheiro

On a sunny and cool spring-like day in the middle of the winter we headed to the northernmost reaches of Portugal to the Minho River which forms the border with Spain in Melgaço.  Looking around at the unspoiled landscape I am reminded of Northern California

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Graham's & Dow's

The Symington Dynamic Duo Graham's Port Lodge, Porto & Dow's Quinta do Bomfim, Pinhao, Douro Valley In February I made my first wine-related work trip to Portugal and third overall. I had the chance to check out the newly renovated Dow's Quinta do Bomfim in the Douro and the Graham's Port lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the Douro river from Porto with the rest of the Port Lodges. Both were stunningly refurbished recently and designed for the visitor to leave impressed and quite frankly blown away by Portuguese and Symington hospitality. When I first visited Portugal in...

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