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  • This morning I was pontificating in the coffee shop about wine bottle labeling.  My buddy, being the the ex-lawyer type, asked a lawyer question.  Who monitors this stuff?I then realized that I had never heard of anybody (OK, I'm talking domestically, here.) being accused of say:Labeling a bottle as "Cabernet Sauvignon" and, then, being caught f... Read More

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  • Secret Santa 2015 was a success!  We eventually figured out who the senders and recipients were based on past drinking habits and assorted sleuthing.  Some bottles were consumed quickly but others are in storage awaiting the right moment to enjoy them.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  Final pairings are listed below:JONDERRY - received bo... Read More

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  • Looking for a best gift for a winelover friend? you should consider a Tastevin. It is available at with limited quantity. You can also learn briefly what a Tastevin is. Read More

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  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his recent article in Australia’s Financial Review, wine and drinks writer Tim White offered the wine-drinking masses a unique look into the emergence of Italian wines in the Land Down Under. White pointed out that Australia’s Chalmers nursery is exerting “pioneering efforts... Read More

    From the article Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now

  • I'm interested in taking a wine certification course or a few (WSET) in Europe (France/Spain/Italy).  Has anyone done this and if so where do you recommend going?  Are there any that are in vineyards where you can stay for a month while learning and be with a group of others?  What could I do with the certification?  Right now it is just to incr... Read More

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  • The term Super Tuscan was born a controversy some 40 years ago. The controversy is ongoing.  At this point, trying to define Super Tuscans is a waste of time. There have been arguments for decades over questions such as: What defines Super Tuscans in terms of taste? What makes a wine qualify for the Super Tuscan title? Exactly what composes a Su... Read More

    From the article The True Genesis of Super Tuscan Wine

  • Sometimes I have to think a minute about what sort of wine would be appropriate with an activity, rather than a certain meal.  I mean, you might pour a glass of wine without any thought given to a food stuff that might be consumed while you enjoy the wine. For instance, I could come home and find one of our cats sleeping on the couch in the fami... Read More

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  • I've been watching some YouTube videos of Sommeliers participating in a blind tasting. There's some terms they are using that I am curious about.They use the terms "Medium" or "Medium-Plus" when describing things like viscosity or aromatic intensity. "High" and "Low" are also thrown around quite a bit.Is there an organized list or description sy... Read More

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  • It's Halloween time once again—time for costumes, time for candy, and why not also make it time for a glass of wine? If you think a glass of vino with a candy bar is passé, think again. Vineyards all over the country are on board, hosting posh Halloween parties with candy pairings as part of the festivities. Taking it a step further from fruity ... Read More

    From the article Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing Extravaganza

  • Perhaps we can throw all sorts of wines in here with a mysterious WTF factor, whether photos of the wine, its label, logo, descriptions or what have you. Who knows what they might be? I'll start things out.From the opening scene of the current episode of a well-received TV show: what is this wine? Does it actually exist? What, if anything, is wr... Read More

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