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  • Being in Burgundy

    There is nothing like spending time in Burgundy. The villages and countryside are beautiful and timeless. The people are discreet but warm. Burgundy is like...


  • Ribera del Duero VT: Revisited

    The Ribera del Duero, one of Spain’s premier regions for producing top quality wine, has undergone a bit of a revolution over the past two decades or so....


  • 2000 Barolo

    While getting ready to make my annual pilgrimage to Piedmont, I like to get reacquainted with some of the wines. I already have a tasting of 2008 Barolo, a...


  • The ABCs of Summer

    With the first heat wave of the season just passed, it’s no surprise that I was left scouring my local wine retailer’s shelves for liquid salvation....


  • Behind the Scenes at Ferrari-Carano

    I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours at Ferrari-Carano's Dry Creek Valley Estate, chatting and tasting with their white wine maker, Sarah...


  • Carmenere: The Other Red Meat Wine

    I am a big fan of Carmenere, and really appreciate the way the fruit and savory flavors of a well done Carmenere pair with beef. Not just any beef, mind you....


  • In Search of Style

    We are led to believe that in addition to each winery’s house style, wines convey a sense of place. This idea, referred to by its French name: terroir,...


  • The Wines of South Africa

    Discovering wines is one of the most compelling aspects of this business, and in fact of the whole wine enthusiast culture. The fact that there is always...


  • Wines Only from the Source

    Our world of wine roughly breaks down into three distinct categories. The vast majority of wines are produced using a handful of international varieties that...


  • Gruner Around the Globe

    Gruner Veltliner, arguably the original hipster wine, has grown up and become a standard in the classical pantheon of top white wines. Along the way it was...


  • Blind Tasting: 2009 California Cabernet

    Blind tasting is the great equalizer. When you taste wines blind, you learn what you actually think of a wine, as opposed to what you expect to think. With...


  • A Calistoga Classic

    Last year I was lucky to have suffered from an excess of riches, but my travel schedule pushed reporting on many events to the bottom of my pile. I'm only...


  • Chianti for Every Day

    Often overlooked, and suffering still from its days in straw covered fiasci, Chianti continues to offer great value to the savvy shopper. A large region of...


  • From the Cellar: Zinfandel

    I’ve had Zinfandel on my mind as of late. From attending the ZAP Festival in January right up to my recent efforts to pair grilling recipes with Zins,...


  • Bedrock Vineyards

    Bedrock, a word filled with connotation, and one well-chosen for Morgan Twain-Peterson's fledgling wine company. The son of one of California's Zinfandel...


  • Morellino di Scansano

    It's relatively easy to find superior, satisfying wine if you’re free to pay top dollar. But for most of us that's usually not the case. Instead, we have...


  • Offbeat Spring Whites

    I love spring. In fact, it’s my favorite time of year. The return of warmer weather, the bursting forth of new life, the promise of so much all wrapped up...


  • Top 15 Chardonnays for Grilling

    Chardonnay is an ideal wine to pair with many grilled foods. For one thing, it’s immensely popular—I have friends who prefer it to anything else. It is...


  • Dunn Winery

    The wines of Randy Dunn really need no introduction. First with Caymus Vineyards, where Randy was the winemaker from 1975 through 1985, and then with his...


  • Venturing Vermentino

    As the weather warms up I know we'll all be reaching for more white wines. The question, of course, is which whites will those be? Are we all going to be...


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