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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 little part of my soul …

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History of Zinfandel

All About Zinfandel For decades, Zinfandel was considered the all-American grape, an ultimate California wine. But there was always a mystery as to where it originated from. Starting in the 1960s, …

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Know Your Wine Bottle

Wine bottles are based on centuries of traditions. The wine trade is deeply beholden 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?” The question was also posed many times when …

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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 Books The Wine Bible, Second Edition by Karen MacNeil Back in 2000, the Wine Bible was a revelatory publication. It transcended the usual wine drivel; Karen offered real information in a …

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