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Lou Phillips

Lou Phillips
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Lou is a Level 3 Sommelier based on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, who loves traveling the wine world doing research for his writing. He also consults for collectors and businesses buying and selling fine wine and creating special events.

Five Keys to Great Wine

Did you ever wonder why the folks in Napa Valley can make great wine while those on the Louisiana Bayou can’t? After all, to...

Bubbles from New Mexico? You Bet

Picture this: it’s the early 1980s and a French family from Champagne that has been making bubbles there for decades comes to America and...

Tuscany on $20 a day

Ah, Tuscany, beautiful mountains, sun-drenched coast, spectacular villas and villages full of amazing works of art. Some of its greatest treasures are of the...

No-Cost Steps to Better Wine

After decades as a sommelier, wine educator and just a guy enjoying wine with others, I can confidently say budget is not the main...

Picking wines by the astrology wheel

The title, a spin on a cheesy pickup line from the 1970s, is our theme: connecting the common characteristics of people’s astrological signs with...

The pros & cons of oak barrels

Although oak barrels have been used for centuries, there is not a more controversial or misunderstood practice in the world of wine. In the...

Impacts of weather on wine

Ever wonder why Napa makes great Cabernet and Russian River makes great Pinot and California’s Central Valley does not? One of the main factors...

Explore lesser-known wines

Your wine mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spread your wings and try something new, expand your horizons. If you follow...

Explore small-production artisan wines

On an amazing July afternoon, after a hike up Shirley Canyon where I had experienced the energy and power of rushing waterfalls born from...

Pairing wines with summer fare

Take a look around on almost any Sierra summer day and you’re sure to see an abundance of folks cooking and eating al fresco....

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