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Ready, Set, Grill

Prepping your grill for a long, tasty season

Today's article is a bit of an anomaly for these pages: it speaks neither of wine nor food, but rather of a very important tool: the grill. The idea of grilling season may be somewhat limited on an intellectual level, but on an emotional level, breaking out the grill for the first time can elicit the same joy that the first daffodils and crocus blossoms can. For me it goes even deeper. When I was a young child I walked to school, and home for lunch. I can still vividly remember the first day each year when it was too warm for a jacket on my way back to school after lunch. Exhilaration, that's what I felt, knowing that spring, and soon after, summer, was finally arriving. Fast forward 40 years. Wow, that's a phrase that hurts. Perhaps it's the weather changing, or the fact that I don't w...

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My wine is better than your wine

Time for a little humility and perspective

Everyone is counting on the Millennials to break with tradition and create a new paradigm in the wine world, except for those out there who think that they're just at the start of the same trajecto...

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Give Back

From conservation to crafting, how you can save the world one cork at a time

We’ve been taking a look at some of the wineries that “give back” to various charities, helping to make the world a better place. While this is an admirable part of any effective business plan, it ...

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8 Takes on an Oregon Evening

Distinguished wine writers recount a nights variety in Oregon wine

You could argue that Oregon Pinot Noir is not the ideal wine for Peking duck (though you might be mistaken), but that's neither here nor there. In this, our second installment on the People's Voice...

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Malbec World Day!

More than a few reasons to celebrate the success of Argentinas famous grape

Apr 16, 2013 at 12:00am
In case you missed out on our most recent Virtual Tasting, we enjoyed a stellar lineup of Malbec-based wines with Nora Favelukes, the U.S. representative of the Wines of Argentina. Just in time for... Read More »

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Dehydration: The Perfect Way to Age Wine

The future of (faster) wine aging is here

Apr 1, 2013 at 12:00am
One of the enemies of the wine lover is time. The greatest wines in the world are meant to be aged, to be given the time to allow oxygen, and who knows what else, to work their magic on young wine.... Read More »

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Beyond the Usual Suspects

Exploring Napa Valleys lesser-known producers

Mar 29, 2013 at 12:00am
There’s more to Napa Valley than the big, well-established brands and “cult” producers of unobtainable Cabernet Sauvignon. There are hundreds of family-owned wineries making distinctive wines that ... Read More »

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Wineries Giving Back

Three very different ways wineries give back to the land, the people and even the pets

Mar 27, 2013 at 12:00am
The idea of a winery “giving back” is pretty popular these days, though it wasn't too long ago that most wineries would have been happy and likely recipients of a little charity themselves. The fin... Read More »

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7 Beers for Spring

Some spry, surprising beers to herald (and cheers to) spring

Mar 20, 2013 at 12:00am
Many of us aren't seeing evidence of spring just yet, but the season is almost upon us. And with any luck, we'll be getting more flowers than showers over the next few months. Whatever we get, the ... Read More »

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Bad Wine

Learning what wine flaws smell like

Mar 13, 2013 at 12:00am
There are many potential flaws in bad wines, and the sad part is that, more often than not, a bad wine's flaw is so subtle that it ruins our experience without us even knowing -- well, almost. Most... Read More »

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Wine Nose

Talking about Caramel, Vanilla... and Cat's Pee?

Mar 6, 2013 at 12:00am
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 the wines you love. What is up with that... Read More »

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Wine Kindness: Part 1

Drink wine while helping a good cause

Jan 30, 2013 at 12:00am
We live in an odd world, one where many of us routinely slurp down wines costing $10, $20, or more per bottle, while others struggle with the basic necessities of life. I'm not trying to guilt anyo... Read More »

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Robust Italian Varietals in the Heart of Oregon Pinot Noir Country

Snooth Mentor Julia Crowley meets the winemaker behind Remy Wines

Jan 22, 2013 at 12:00am
After a quick tour of the winery, we settled in at the bar and sampled a couple of Remy’s fantastic single vineyard Italian varietal wines: The 2009 Illahe Vineyard Oregon Lagrein and the 2009 Rose... Read More »

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The Problem with Wine Ratings

What's wrong with them and their affect on how we buy wine

Jan 9, 2013 at 12:00am
I’ve been thinking about writing up my thoughts on this issue for some time, but I had always thought it was just too simple an issue; something that might be summed up in a few sentences, but perh... Read More »

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