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March 15, 2018 4



Markus Niggli—founder of Markus Wine Co. at Borra Vineyards in Lodi, California-- is an exceptionally talented and savvy winemaker who started making his own small-production line of edgy, artisanal white wines in 2010. He was not quite 40 years old, having left his first career in the travel marketing industry, based in his native country Switzerland, about seven years earlier in 2003 to embark on a second career in wine. It would not be long before he added rosé and red wines to his portfolio.

Niggli came to Lodi in 2006 when Steve Borra, third generation winemaker and owner of Borra Vineyards, hired him to oversee the cellar. Niggli quickly rose to the role of winemaker in 2010. In addition, he managed the cellar and tasting room, worked with artists to design the wine labels, and oversaw all wholesale grape and

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

March 3, 2018 8

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Wine and Spice and Everything Nice

When Susan and Alex were here in December, we went on a bit of a (wine) shopping spree. Shocking, right? One of the wines we bought was a 2015 Le Caillou from Le Clos du Caillou in the Côtes du Rhône appellation. The proprietor of the wine store raved

Musings and Memories of a Wine Maven: Notes Too Long for the Cellar Book

December 31, 2017 20

Musings of a Wine Maven

Are you ready for a wine cellar in 2018?

A wine cellar can be defined in various ways. In its basic element, I define it as a place to stash wine. My first was a nine-bottle wooden rack placed at the back of a clothes closet on the seventh floor of an air-conditioned apartment building in New York City. Since that humble beginning, my storage space has hitched itself to my business-related moves to no less than fourteen

Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

May 22, 2017 5

Diary of a Master of Wine in Provence

Judging, Celebrating, Researching, Tasting

As with any business, living and working in Provence is not all sunshine lunches…. well, only a few…..

The past couple of weeks have been very busy. In late April, I was based in London, which, surprise, surprise, was cold grey and damp – although it did warm up a little by the end. I was there to judge in the Decanter World Wine Awards. This year the number of entries topped 17,000 wines

Off the Via Domitia

October 30, 2017 12



Rosé continues to take the United States by storm. France drinks the most rosé by a long shot, accounting for 35% of world consumption or 8.5 million hectoliters (mhl) of rosé, but the United States comes in a second (3.4 mhl). A distant second, yes, but we drink 14% of the rosé consumed by the world. That’s nearly 453 million bottles of rosé a

Wine Snoops

February 24, 2018 1

Vinisud + VinoVision in Paris Next Year

Having just wrapped up the 14th Vinisud—which took place from February 18th to 20th in Montpellier—plans were announced for 2019. Next year, Vinisud and VinoVision will join forces with VinoVision, the cool climate wine exhibition. The wine fair will take place from February 10th to 12th at the


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