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What is Wine?

What is wine? Why do I do this to myself? Why do I ask sommeliers this question? Invariably, I get one of the following three answers. Each time, a tiny part …

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What is Zinfandel?

All About Zinfandel (Zin)What is Zinfandel? Zin was considered the all-American grape for decades, an ultimate California wine. But there was always a mystery as to where it originated from. Starting …

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Know Your Wine Bottle

Wine bottles are based on centuries of traditions. The wine trade is deeply indebted to those traditions. Even the largest multinational wine corporation (talking to you, Gallo) won’t mess this those …

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A Year of Tasting Classes

We just posted an entire year’s worth of tasting classes. With the return to normal, we are hosting some of the greatest classes we have ever offered. All the classics are …

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Wine Reviews

Bodegas Ego “Goru Gold” Red, Jumilla 1881 Napa 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oliviero Toscani “OT” Toscana Firriato “Chiaramonte” Nero d’Avola, Sicilia Buty Semillon Blend, Columbia Valley Raats “Unwooded” Chenin Blanc …

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Understanding Tannin

Writers Don’t Understand Tannin.When I was a winemaker in California, the very first question a customer asked me was, “What is Tannin?” So many times, the question was posed when I …

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Wines Reviews

If there is a positive spin to 2020, it’s that we all have leveled-up our eating and drinking skills. Do you remember back in 2019 when everyone was tweeting about Dry January? People were so silly in the before times. This year, we are going to focus on situation-appropriate wines.

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Wine Gifts

Wine BooksThe Wine Bible, Second Editionby Karen MacNeilBack in 2000, the Wine Bible was a revelatory publication. It transcended the usual wine drivel; Karen offered real information in a well written and …

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