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Argentina – A Reach For Higher Ground

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Interestingly, Argentina’s wine history and culture began about the same time as our’s here in the U.S. Arguably more interesting is the fact that it began with the same impetus – Italian immigration. Today, Argentina has become known as the world’s largest purveyor of Malbec. Another thing that singles out Argentina – some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world.

Chicago native Jeff Mausbach’s interest in wine, and an Argentine lady, led him to Argentina in the 1990s. He worked thirteen years for the Catena family before deciding to pursue a dream of developing his own wine project, Manos Negras. With an eye for selecting unique vineyards, Jeff is now making everything from Mendoza Malbec to Patagonian Pinot, and loving every minute of it.

Join us as we talk with Jeff Mausbach about the history, geography and grapes of Argentina. If you really want to geek-out about vineyard talk, this show’s for you!

For more info:

Manos Negras: manosnegras.com.ar/

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Vineyards of Southern California – with Dolin Malibu Estate

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When one hears the name Malibu, one usually thinks about surfing, the beach, and fun in the sun. But, if you’re into wine, the sight of the Malibu Hills can cause your mind to wander and begin thinking about grapevines. That’s what happened to Elliott Dolin.

Elliott and his wife bought the property in 2001, and began renovating it. When it came to landscaping decisions, they noticed other vineyards in the area. So, the idea of a garden morphed in something much bigger. After planting 900 vines of Dijon clone Chardonnay in 2006 on an acre overlooking the Pacific, they were off and running.

The timing of this show couldn’t be better. Although the Malibu Coast AVA has now been approved, just this week the L.A. Board of Supervisors voted to ban future vineyard development in the region. While Dolin Estate and other currently planted vineyards are grandfathered in, no new development will apparently be allowed to take place.

Join us as we talk with Elliott Dolin about what is now the Malibu Coast AVA, as well as his decision to plant a home vineyard and become a wine producer. You’ll find there’s more to Malibu than Baywatch!

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Dolin Malibu Estate: www.dolinestate.com/

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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