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How much money do winemakers make?

The short answer to this question is that independent winemakers struggle to make any money at all, and salaried head winemakers in California tend to make between $80k-100k a year with other key winemaking positions like cellar hands (who do a lot of the actual work) earning $30-40k. Wine Business Monthly puts out surveys to collect all this […]

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Behind the Wine

The Truth About the Man Who Made Grange

This is a post about one of our newest winemakers. Angels have gotten a sneak peek of his wines on the site, and he just made a big splash on the first ever US tour. It’s time we tell you a little bit more about him. Daryl made Grange, Australia’s most collectible wine. First off, […]

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Tim Olson presents Unti Vineyard Syrah

Tim talks about the Unti Vineyard Syrah that he uses to make The Cooper’s Art Syrah. George Unti comes in too and explains his long working relationship with Tim. I’ve posted about Tim Olson before, but I wanted to feature this longer video with more inside information about the excellent drainage of hilltop vineyards, the […]

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Should wine reviews be objective? The difference between wine critics and wine drinkers.

This post compares a debate between some wine pros with a debate between some Naked Angels. The difference is really interesting. Scroll to the bottom if you’re impatient. “There are some styles of wine I really dislike, and I’m not going to do the silly thing of giving them high point scores.” –Jamie Goode Wine […]

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How are wine prices calculated?

If you want to know how wine prices are calculated, Jancis Robinson published an article about this – it’s written by our Chief Winemaker Matt Parish. I summarize it here, but if you want the full scoop you need to subscribe to Jancis’ Purple Pages. “Production costs of even the grandest red bordeaux are rarely […]