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For Wiener Gemischter Satz, all of the grapes are harvested at once and co-fermented — underripe, ripe, overripe and all. ©Wieninger/Winebow

We try to produce a certain style of wine addicted to the terroir of the vineyard, and try to find a mix where the most successful or most interesting wine comes out — no matter what the varieties are in there.”

–Fritz Wieninger, Austrian winemaker, on the practice of making compelling field blends in the hills above Vienna

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A worldwide network of wine experts propels this magazine ... just kidding. It's mostly a passionate wine obsessive in Colorado with some help from his very, very talented friends.

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 – Certified Biodynamic
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– Heroic Viticulture
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