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  • Sangiovese: Behind the Varietal

    You can’t talk about Tuscan wine without mentioning the region’s famed grape, Sangiovese. Derived from the Latin phrase “sanguis Jovis” (meaning...


  • Hair of the Dog

    It's the great equalizer, really. The morning hours don't care whether you started last night with a Manhattan or a martini, a tequila shot or a g&t. They're...


  • Riding Out of Santa Rosa

    Any visit to Sonoma wouldn’t be complete without a look at some of the truly iconic regions, and the Russian River Valley certainly qualifies. This rather...


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    Last week I began to tease out the information contained in one not-so-simple little sentence. It's a fairly typical example of a good, informative wine...


  • National Tequila Day

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