Blog: Producer Newsletters

  • Welcome Suelo Farmers!

    March 26th, 2015

    Suelo Farmers: Eric Prahl (left), Matt Osgood and their wifes For our second California winery we are returning to Northern California with the addition of Suelo Farmers, Suelo is a new project from Eric Prahl and Matt Osgood. These names might not be familiar to you now but keep both in […]

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  • Raphael Bartucci, Bugey Cerdon Raphael Bartucci in front of the Caves Augé in Paris, with some of the top winemakers from Alsace, Jura and Savoie When I first moved to the United States, there was a lot of Brut Champagne, California sparkling wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, cava, […]

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  • Biodynamic Alsace Wine Pioneer Jean Pierre Frick (Domaine Pierre Frick) in Pfaffenheim, Southern Alsace Jean-Pierre Frick   I waited a long time before bringing in a producer from Alsace. In the past, the region has not excited me as much as other parts of France. But, when the opportunity to […]

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  • Montlouis’ New Wave

    May 1st, 2014

    Montlouis’ New Wave Lise et Bertrand Jousset, Montlouis-sur-Loire     Every time I see Bertrand and Lise Jousset, I am reminded of how happy I am to have them as part of the Return to Terroir family. Not only are the wines getting better with each vintage but also their integrity as vignerons […]

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  • Alexandre Bain

    April 25th, 2014

    Alexandre Bain Pouilly Fumé Alexandre (left) during our Caravan to France 2014 Pouilly-Fumé may now live in Sancerre’s shadow, but it has equal potential. Native, Alexandre Bain, knows this to be true and has been going to great pains since  2007, when he started his domaine, to makes wines that could […]

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  • Charles Dufour Champagne (Grower Producer) Charles Dufour is a young vigneron who not only works organically but also uses natural yeast, a difficult task in sparkling wine production.   Most of Dufour’s Pinot Blanc goes into blend “Bulles de Comptoir”. In 2011, he siphoned some off to make “Le Champ […]

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  • Terroirs of Oregon Vincent Wine Company in Portland, OR        Vincent and Jennifer Fritzsche   It seems as if a new wave of producers is rising in Oregon, those who like many young vignerons elsewhere are putting the environment first and using a lighter touch in the winery. […]

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  • Our First California Winery ! AmByth Estate in Templeton, CA (biodynamic, dry farmed) AmByth wines are certified byodynamic (Demeter)    Return to Terroir is happy to announce that we have picked up our first California winery, AmByth Estate from Paso Robles. Since starting the company in 2009, RTT has focused […]

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  • Introducing the Vallée de l’Agly France Crispeels, Vignobles Reveille (Roussillon) France Crispeels   When you think of the Catalan coast, Spain probably comes to mind, but on the other side of the border in France, some of the most exciting wines from either country are being made. The Roussillon has long […]

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  • Minimal Intervention in Bordeaux David Barrault , Chateau Tire Pé (Bordeaux)   Bordeaux may have more historical acclaim than any other region yet it also seems slowest to change. The ‘garagistes’ of the ’90′s and early ’00′s made people think about the region in a different light but not necessarily one that […]

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  • Redefining Lambrusco Roberto Maestri, Quarticello (Emilia Romagna) Emilia-Romagna is a very special area to me. It is the land of my mother’s birth and while I grew up in France, most  of my childhood summer vacations were spent here, in her house located in the Apennini 30 minutes south of […]

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  • A Woman Winemaker Growing Organic Grapes in Barbaresco !   After her kindergarten teacher decided she was too disruptive to remain in class, Marina Marcarino’s grandmother was tasked with the job of making sure Piedmont’s youngest juvenile delinquent stayed in line. When children are misbehaving, we often punish them with […]

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  •   Natural Provence Rosé Jean-Christophe Comor (Les Terres Promises), Coteaux Varois en Provence   After a long career as a political advisor, teacher and author, Jean-Christophe Comor had enough, moved to Provence and embarked a new journey that nearly all French, no matter what their political beliefs, can appreciate…wine making. That […]

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  •   Terroir(s) of Southern Rhone! Eric Bonnet (Bastide Saint Dominique), Chateauneuf du Pape & Cotes du Rhone       Eric Bonnet     We did not waste a second in 2009 when we heard La Bastide Saint-Dominique lost its California importer. Having flown under the radar for several years, it is […]

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  •   Cult Burgundy Natural Winemaker Philippe Pacalet, Beaune     “We work without sulphites in vinification, no added yeasts and with whole grapes. This means we need grapes that are at their top, and for that we need a good job in the vineyards so we are able to succeed in […]

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