• What We've Been Reading

    I've been trying my hardest to convince people that lots of wine experts are living in a fantasy world. Now that's not a universal indictment, but the truth...


  • Bonarda: The Other Argentine Wine

    Talk long enough about Bonarda and you'll hear all the keywords of ill-repute. High yield. Simple. Jug. Bulk. Once Argentina's most widely planted variety...


  • 15 (Other) Uses for Vodka

    These are real uses for vodka in Russia. I originally posted this last year after a friend sent it to me. Some how I managed to delete it while updating a...


  • Talking with Melissa Burr

    With March being Women’s History Month it’s that time of year when the usual suspects tend to get trotted out. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Julia...


  • How to Make Great Cocktails

    There are a few basic rules to follow when tending bar. However, though basic these rules must not be compromised. Ever! 1. Premium Liquor: Always use...


  • The Return of the Cheap Drunk

    It’s been a long time since I donned my Cheap Drunk hat and sussed out some of my favorite bargains to share with you. Before you get all riled up, let me...


  • The Bevebilita Score

    Almost all wine scoring systems purport to reflect the quality of a particular bottle of wine. Wine reviewers like to fool themselves, some very effectively,...


  • What We've Been Reading

    Sometimes we forget that many wine professionals are not just out to sell us wine, but they also want to provide us with valuable information. Among the many...


  • Wine of the Week: 3/18/11

    2009 Arianna Occhipinti Sp68 Igt Sicilia Bianco (Albanello/Zibbibo): Is this the best white wine I've had in years? Yes, and maybe. I can honestly say I've...


  • 1990 Barolo

    It’s been a very good year. Over the past 12 months or so, I’ve been fortunate to taste through quite a few 1990 Barolo on several occasions. Those who...


  • Irish Spring Cocktail

    This St. Patrick’s Day we thought it was time for a green cocktail that’s a little different. The little bit of celery juice and mint add a fresh spring...


  • Sonoma in Spring

    What could be better than a visit to Sonoma this spring? Not only is Sonoma one of the preeminent wine-growing regions of the world, but the spring time is...


  • 10 Secrets of Barbera

    Barbera is known for its dark color, bright acidity and soft tannins. Due to the balance of acid and tannins, Barbera has done well in warmer climates and...


  • Trapiche

    From the sophisticated, European flare of Buenos Aires to the tropical rainforest and waterfalls in Iguazu, down to the glaciers of Patagonia, Argentina has...


  • Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Vintage Guide

    2010: A year of waiting caused a lot of stress among growers. A small crop got off to a very slow start and remained a full two to three weeks behind...


  • Vintage Variation

    Well, to start with, it makes life exciting for both producers, sometimes dangerously so, as well as consumers. One of the huge fallacies of the 100-point...


  • Port is the New Black

    We all have our tried-and-true drinks that we turn to, but sometimes you just want a little something different in your glass. A desire for something...


  • 6 More Common Wine Questions

    What temperature should I serve wine at? This is a question that I have answered before in some detail. The simple answer is cooler than you think, and...


  • What We've Been Reading

    With the Oregon wine kick I've been on lately I've been checking out what the locals have to say about their wines. I can always afford to learn more about...


  • DC International Wine and Food Festival

    The DC International Wine and Food Festival lived up to its name. There were wineries from all over the world – not just California, France and Italy. In...


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