About LM Archer

LM Archer is a freelance writer and unabashed Francophile who considers wine an art, not just a beverage, and Burgundy the centre of the universe. Her works appear in numerous wine and food publications, including Palate Press, Oregon Wine Press, France Today, and Foodable TV. She is also the founder and editor at binNotes | redThread, a site devoted to inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers: https://binnotes.com/. She divides her time between Seattle and Northern California, but is always dreaming of Burgundy. - - - - - LM Archer är en frilansande vinskribent och hämningslös frankofil, som anser att vin är en konstart, inte bara en dryck, och att Bourgogne är universums centrum. Hennes texter har publicerats i många olika vin- och mat-media, t.ex. Palate Press, Oregon Wine Press, France Today, och Foodable TV. Hon är också grundare och redaktör av binNotes | redThread, en sajt helt tillägnad engagerande berättelser om hantverksmässiga viner och smakkreatörer: https://binnotes.com/. Hon bor i Seattle och i norra Kalifornien, men drömmer alltid om Bourgogne.
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Ntsiki Biyela, Aslina Wine

Tasting Suo Red Collection No 2 and Stellekaya Hercules from South Africa

If you’ve never tasted the wines of South Africa, you need to start – now! Arguably one of the globe’s most overlooked wine regions, South Africa hammocks the continent of Africa between the Atlantic Ocean on the west, and the Indian Ocean on the East. As an emerging New World producer, South Africa enjoys some […]

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Ntsiki Biyela, Aslina Wine

Ntsiki Biyela, the first black female winemaker in South Africa

It is not that much of an exaggeration to say that Ntsiki Biyela is a South African winemaking legend. She was the first female black winemaker and has been featured for example on CNN and on Forbes (and on BKWine Magazine previously). After many years as winemaker at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch Ntsiki Biyela has now […]

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Lauren Ackerman at the Ackerman Winery

The Ackerman winery in Napa, a success story

Lauren Ackerman attributes some of the success of Ackerman Family Vineyards in Napa on a Bill Harlan quote. When asked why he bought cult winery Screaming Eagle at a time when most people considered retiring, he answered, ”If I don’t do this now, when will I?” Ackerman, an equestrian-turned-vineyard owner, wine maker, and civic leader, […]

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The Walls bottles

Tasting the wines from The Walls, Walla Walla, Washington

This is a follow-up with tasting notes to accompany the article previously published on The Walls winery: Meeting Ali Mayfield at Walls Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington. The Walls Martin’s Gold Chardonnay 2015 Alcohol:  13.3 % Suggested Retail: $36 Specs:  “Originally brought to America by Paul Masson, Martin Ray planted French Chardonnay in the Santa […]

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Mike Martin and Ali Mayfield in the Walls vineyard

Meeting Ali Mayfield at Walls Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington

Blame it on a darn hole-in-one. Attorney Mike Martin wasn’t looking for a bend in the road of life when he and a pal stopped off in Walla Walla a few years ago to play some golf and drink some wine en route to business in Boise. But bend it does. At Walla Walla’s Wine […]

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Arinzano winery

Arinzano, a rising star in northern Spain

“Singular terroir, estate character, noble pedigree” Sometimes a winery doesn’t just surprise you – it knocks you on your palate. I discovered such a winery by happy accident while tasting wines from another country, Achaval-Ferrer of Argentina. Those wines lassoed me with their verve, and vibrancy. Turns out the same team, part of the Stoli […]

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Vidon Vineyards, Oregon

Artisan Winemaker Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard, Oregon

Ever hear that phrase, “Who do you think you are? A rocket scientist?” Well, today’s guest IS a rocket scientist. One part humble Midwestern farm boy, one part retired NASA astrophysicist-turned-winemaker, Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard (vee-dohn) talks softly and drives a big tractor. And at age 85, instead of slowing down, Don shoots for […]

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Tasting Roserock Drouhin Oregon Wines, Eola-Amity Hills

Tasting wines by Véronique Drouhin Boss resembles attending a piano concerto – each pour an elegant opus reverberating with its own inner core of subdued structure and grace. This is a follow up to the earlier article Tasting Domaine Drouhin Oregon wines, Dundee Hills.  Recently, I was lucky enough to interview the wine maker about […]

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Roserock Drouhin Oregon vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Tasting Domaine Drouhin Oregon wines, Dundee Hills

Véronique Drouhin-Boss’s wines unfold on the palate with a lithesome charm, offering attractive pairing options. These tasting notes are a follow up to the earlier article on The French woman of Oregon, Véronique Drouhin Boss of Roserock Drouhin Oregon. Amazingly, these wines run between $35-$45, tremendous finds for any Grand Cru or premier Willamette Valley […]

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Roserock Drouhin Oregon vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

The French woman of Oregon, Véronique Drouhin Boss of Roserock Drouhin Oregon

In 2013, Domaine Drouhin Oregon purchased 279 acre (113 ha) Roserock Vineyard in Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills. This acquisition adds to the 225 acre (90 ha) estate in Dundee Hills they established in 1987, and allows for a focused expression of terroir reflective of their Burgundy domaine, Maison Joseph Drouhin. Véronique Drouhin-Boss, Robert Drouhin’s daughter, […]

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Harvest at Troon Vineyards, Applegate Valley, Oregon

Wine pioneers in Oregon, Craig Camp and Steve Hall at Troon Vineyard

I first met Craig Camp at a wine conference a few years ago. We follow each other on social media, but he really got my attention this past April with his post: ‘Leaving Forward.’ Craig Camp, late of Cornerstone Cellars in Sonoma, was ‘running towards’ Troon Vineyard in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA. Intrigued, I […]

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Basalt on the Schug Estate

Schug Winery, a heritage carried forward with Axel Schug and Michael Cox

When “the Judgement of Paris” crowned Cabernet king in Napa in the late 1970’s, it proved a back-handed boon for Walter Schug, though he didn’t know it at the time. Schug would emerge a leader in the Valley’s wine community, and instrumental in helping form Carneros AVA, Sonoma’s first official wine growing region geared towards […]

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Wrath Fermata Chardonnay

Delightful wines from Wrath Vineyards

These Wrath Wine tasting notes developed from samples derived from my recent interview with wine maker Sabrine Rodems at their state-of-the-art tasting room tucked into the foothills of Monterey AVA. Read the entire interview with Sabrine Rodems på Wrath Wines here. Wrath Wines boasts a prodigious assortment of wines, wines borne of an epic knack […]

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Wrath SIP certified vineyard

Love in the wine at Wrath Wines in Monterey

What happens when world-renowned archaeologist Michael Thomas and phenom winemaker Sabrine Rodems join forces in the foothills of Monterey AVA in California? Artisan, bespoke Wrath Wines is what happens. BKWine Magazine guest writer LM Archer sits down for a talk with the winemaker. Named in part for the wrath of the gods that set Aeneas […]

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Small Vines Wines Baranoff Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

A Tasting of Small Vines Wines, Sonoma, California

Paul and Kathryn Sloan craft exquisite, small lot, grand-cru inspired artisan wines sourced from their sustainably-farmed estate vineyard in Sebastopol, as well as from a few select Sonoma Coast producers. The label on their bottles – a rendering of their vine’s roots and shoots, which mirror one another in height and depth – symbolize Small […]

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Meeting Paul Sloan, winemaker at Small Vines Wines in Sonoma

Small Vines Wines is a fairly recent winery in Sonoma, California. A few years back Paul Sloan stood at a cross-roads in his career, should he move to Burgundy to make wine or not? He decided instead to stay in California and make wines inspired by the wines of Burgundy. That was the beginning of […]

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