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    It might have taken a while to get here, but yes, spring has finally sprung! And with Easter, Passover and even Earth Day all falling within the same week,...


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    These wines, generally from the Etna region, were blind tasted during my recent visit to Sicily. For several reasons Etna is proving to be one of the most...


  • More Etna Nerello Blends

    2009 Palari Faro Nerello Mascalese Nerello Cappuccio Nocera and other indigenous varieties, $50 - Candied herbs on the nose with a little compost and loamy...


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  • Louis Jadot Tasting

    A vintage like 2009 is perfect for those just beginning to explore the region, as well as those with more familiarity. Its youthful exuberance makes it...


  • 2009 Burgundy

    Burgundy. We’re talking rarified ground, even hallowed ground to some. But there is hope for even the common man when it comes to Burgundy, though...


  • Join the California Wine Club

    When it comes to wine quality, service and bringing you the adventure of trying wines from all of California’s many wine regions, The California Wine Club...


  • Funnymen Wines

    Sometimes you just have to laugh, hopefully with some frequency, especially if you’re one of our funnymen winemakers. Everybody knows that the best way to...


  • Orgeat Syrup Recipe

    Orgeat is an almond syrup that adds a lightly sweet, nutty flavor to cocktails. The Mai Tai is the most well-known drink that contains orgeat--although many...


  • Kosher Wines

    Some cuisines shouldn’t be innovated simply for the extreme guilty and emotional pleasures they bring us. Home-style kosher foods come to mind. Thankfully,...


  • South of France

    The last time I wrote about the value wines of France, I began by working on a premise that was to include the entire South of France. As I began to write, I...


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    Passover is just around the corner and with that will come large groups of family and friends gathering for the traditional Seder meal. Since wine features...


  • Juslyn Vertical Tasting

    This past Wednesday we were lucky to have hosted a fine tasting of Juslyn’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with Managing Partner and General Manager Stephanie...


  • Honey Bourbon Cocktail Cherries

    This cocktail cherry recipe will take you about 15 minutes... and I promise you'll like them better than those radioactive-looking "maraschino" cherries most...


  • Frei Brothers Reserve Virtual Tasting

    In celebration of Earth Day, we invite you to a one-of-a-kind virtual wine tasting event that celebrates Sonoma County wines that are expertly crafted using...


  • Family-run Winemaking in Piedmont

    I am fortunate to have spent more than my fair share of time tasting and talking with Luca Currado. Luca, as you may know, is the winemaker of Piedmont’s...


  • Vietti Tasting

    2010 Roero Arneis: A little yeasty on the nose with apple, apricot and floral tones. A touch of spritz upon opening, this is lively and really fresh with...


  • Nero d'Avola Roundup

    Nero d’Avola has been Sicily’s gateway grape for that past several years. Truth is, winemakers are planting Nero d’Avola willy-nilly to try and get in...


  • 20 More Nero d'Avolas to Try

    2008 Feudo Maccari Saia Nero d’Avola, $30: Woody and raw on the nose, with a harshness that obscures attractive spice and herb tones. A touch of rounded...


  • 6 Palate Profiles to Consider

    While I encourage everyone to explore the world of wine in as deep and broad a capacity as each can and wants, the fact remains that people find their own...


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