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  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Washington Wine Academy's 1K Wine Walk

    The Washington Wine Academy’s 1K Wine Walk was not for any cure, cause or awareness raising of any kind. Unless you count awareness of the Wine Academy...


  • Talking with Chiara Lungarotti

    One has to wonder what Giorgio might think. The late Giorgio Lungarotti always thought about the future, and not necessarily for his own benefit -- who else...


  • Freedom, Democracy and Wine

    With the Virginia Wine Showcase having come and gone and the Virginia Wine Expo fast approaching, what better time is there to take stock of where the...


  • Santorini Vinsanto

    Meet Vinsanto: An ancient winemaking tradition of Santorini, Greece. Just ask any Santorini winemaker -- Vinsanto (spelled without a space) isn’t a holy...


  • Wine Experts

    One of my “jobs,” though more self-assigned than anything else, is to try and interest people in wine -- not just drinking wine, but talking about wine,...


  • Wines for the Cellar - Southern France

    The other week, I started picking through the great wines of France, highlighting the great cellarable wines of France that aspiring wine collectors should...


  • What We've Been Reading

    The Wine Mule: "Mule" has many meanings, and we're not sure if this blogger leans toward stubbornness or hybridity, but there's no argument that his...


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