• Wine and the economy

    This past Sunday I was at Loxton Cellars working at the tasting bar as I usually do.  It was the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend.  Typically the Sunday...


  • Music and Wine

    The concept of pairing wine and music has been gaining in popularity especially as a result of two recent news items. A paper published by Heriot Watt...


  • London Calling

    Trade fairs, no matter the trade, are a Darwinian exercise in survival of the fittest; specifically survival of the flashiest. I am often reminded of Bourbon...


  • Art and Music and Wine

    Last week in the Snooth forums, Philip linked to a BBC news article that reported on a recent University study that claims background music has an impact on...


  • Birthday Bash Wines

    To celebrate my husband's most recent birthday, we invited my cousin and her man over to our place for exuberant bash for four. And by exuberant I mean that...


  • Trust Me

    In my last post I wrote about getting to Napa and Sonoma and getting through a day of wine tasting. Today I want to talk about trusting the man or woman...


  • Blasted Barcode

    Say what you will. Wine is not a quilt; it's neither handmade nor one-of-a-kind. It is a commodity. Even if production is minuscule. 500 cases, for instance,...


  • A Grand Tasting

    Mentioned briefly, last week, I was lucky enough to attend the New York Wine Experience Grand Tasting (like the event itself, quite a mouthful). It proved to...


  • Vintage Variations Among Labels

    Vintage Variations Among LabelsThe label above upsets me. It is sloppy and thoughtless. A surplus of old labels inspired this winery to print a conspicuous...


  • Who Benefits From the Democratization of Wine?

    “There is something approachable, unstuffy, even friendly in a bottle of Goats Do Roam compared with one of Côtes du Rhône.” The New York Times April...


  • Decanting Vintage Port

    Decanting Vintage PortWhilst it is fun to do, there is no real mystery to mastering the act of decanting vintage port (or any other wine).Most people feel...


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