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A friend of mine has the best pickup line: “I own a winery.” As the last syllable rolls off his tongue, the woman to whom he’s speaking undergoes a scientifically undocumented physical transformation in which her knee joints abruptly become wobbly Jell-O. (At least, that’s what appears to occur.) If only his claim were true.

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Let me be clear: My friend does own a successful wine brand . And his wines are truly outstanding, regularly notching high scores from the critics and sellouts in each vintage. But he does not own an actual, physical winery – or even vineyards. Instead he leases small portions of several prestigious vineyard properties, and his wines are made under contract at a large winery at which he leases a small corner of the facility. And I’d go so far as to argue that his wines – and several others that either rent space at a larger winery or use a custom winemaking facility – taste better as a result.

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All you have to do is think about the basic economics of winemaking for a moment. Let’s say, for starters, you buy land and construct a winery – easily a $10 million investment (and that’s probably on the low end when you add in all the crushing and winemaking equipment, stainless steel tanks, cooling systems, bottling line, etc.). Let’s also say you want to buy vineyard land, which runs about $300,000 per acre in Napa. Assuming an annual crop of two tons of Cabernet grapes per acre, that calculates to about 120 cases of wine per acre. Ignoring farming and winemaking costs, new oak barrels (about $1,000 a pop), bottles, labels and corks, that puts a break-even cost of the wine well north of $200 per bottle, excluding the initial cost of the winery. Of course, you wouldn’t get a return on the initial investment for about three or four years, since the grapes need a full season to grow, six months to ferment and finish, a couple years of aging in oak and one more in the bottle before release. That’s when the marketing costs kick in, and just on grapes alone you’re already about $1.2 million in the hole. Assuming there’s a real, scalable plan in place for the business and there are about 10 acres under vine, that means you’re out $12 million just on grape juice before a single dollar is headed back your way. Add in the winery, and you’re well over $20 million in the red.

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The image some have of a winemaker is a person who sits around all day sipping various types of vino from different casks until inspiration, or a headache, strikes.

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But those who know a bit about enology understand winemaking is far more than romance, history and artistry. A skilled vinter must be a chemist and microbiologist with a working knowledge of physics, botany, geology, meteorology, plant physiology and, even, etymology — defined as the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.

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After all, it takes a certain level of expertise to decipher the complexities of a Cabernet Franc (Ka-behr-nay Frahng), a Chenin Blanc (Shen-in Blahnk) or a Pouilly-Fuissé (Pwee Fwee-say).

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Stephen Spillman / A-J Media Melanie McCaul takes a taste of white wine Friday during the second annual Wines & Vines Festival at McPherson Cellars.

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If it grew on a Texas vine, there’s a good chance it eventually earned a home at McPherson Cellars this weekend.

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The winery, located at 1615 Texas Ave., hosted about 16 other wineries at its second annual Texas Wines & Vines Festival on Friday, Aug. 2. The event continues from noon to 10 p.m. today, Aug. 3.

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Summer calls for lighter wines that won't weigh you down. From crisp sparklers and aromatic whites to refreshing rosés and sweet dessert wines, GAYOT's Top 10 Summer Wines are perfect for al fresco dining.

Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

Apart from its flagship No 1 Cuvée and No 1 Rosé, No 1 Family Estate offers only one other numbered wine, the Number 8 Cuvée. Composed of 65 percent Pinot Noir and 35 percent Chardonnay, Number 8 Cuvée recalls the good fortune and success that eight represents in Chinese numerology. It is a crisp sparkling wine offering citrus flavors with toasty and floral notes.

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According to the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Prosecco refers only to a wine region, like Chianti or Brunello. Since 2010, the grape formerly known as Prosecco has been called Glera. Composed of 95 percent Glera and 5 percent Merlot, Enza Sparkling Rosé is characterized by refreshing strawberry and green apple flavors.

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) - A new winery, featuring 10 unique wines and a small vineyard, opened this summer in Huntington.

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The co-owners of Two-EE's , Eric Harris and Emily Hart, both of Fort Wayne, are engaged to be married.

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Their dream of opening a winery actually started with Hart's dad, in her family's basement. Her dad has been making wine for 10 years. Harris says the winemaking hobby quickly turned into an obsession.

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