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  • The Best and Worst Wine Gifts

    Not too many years ago, I had what is still referred to in my family as the "Christmas of the Rack" -- an entire holiday season where I inexplicably received...


  • Wine 101 - Beaujolais

    Beaujolais: it’s the pork of Burgundy! Often referred to as the other red wine of Burgundy, in addition to the great Pinot Noirs of the region, the Gamay...


  • Bad Wine

    There are many potential flaws in wines, and the sad part is that, more often than not, the flaw is so subtle that it ruins our experience without us even...


  • Wine Nose

    Ever wonder what the heck wine writers are talking about when they describe the nose of a wine? Like, how about that buttery thing that goes on with some of...


  • Old Wine

    Old wine -- What is good for? Absolutely nothing. Aww, say it again. Huh! Right, while many bottles of old wine are indeed worth quite close to absolutely...


  • Destination: Grenache

    When I think of getting up and going somewhere to experience Grenache, France jumps to mind first. Where else but along that arc of La Belle France that...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • New World Riesling Roundup

    Riesling is a grape that always seems to be on the edge of everyone’s radar. This super flexible variety is sort of like the Pinot Noir of white grapes –...


  • 12 Great Chardonnays

    2007 Perception Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard 14.3%, $55: Lots of caramel and smoky hickory nuts and raw almonds on the nose over floral-tinged...


  • Chardonnay Spring Lineup

    With the weather warming up (even if erratically), it’s definitely time to begin to add more white wine back into our daily rotation. It’s not quite time...


  • 7 Great Wines from La Follette

    2008 Lorenzo Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay: Smoky and nutty on the nose with a rather assertive vanilla bean overlay and lots of acid-driven,...


  • Cool-Climate Wines from California

    Greg La Follette. It’s a name you might know and if you’re a fan of California wine, it’s a name you should know. Greg has spent time developing and...


  • Cheeky Wine Labels

    Wine is supposed to be fun, right? Well, that's what I've been preaching, and while I fully recognize that there is a time for solemnity while exploring...


  • Pioneering Winemaking in Oregon

    Brooks Wines, and in particular its late founder, Jimi Brooks, have together had a profound impact on the Oregon wine scene. He was a native Oregonian who...


  • 12 Top Wines from Brooks

    2008 Amycas 13.1%, $15: Very aromatic with notes of honey, sage and lychee. In the mouth, this shows great tension with a slightly nutty core with bright...


  • 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...


  • 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...


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