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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.

Great wines to benefit good causes

We all have dreams — whether they are during slumber or consciously — for a better life. I’d also bet many of us dream...

Wine vintage matters

Vintage: It’s one of the main keys to knowing and understanding wine quality and value, which is essential for collectors and investors. It has...

Wine accessories for the wine lover

Rejoice. Your personal holiday wine coach is here. This is the year you will be able to joyfully move forward with your holiday gifting...

Great Napa Merlots

There is sweet irony in the final scene of the 2004 movie “Sideways” when the main character Miles, crushed by hubris, sullenly drinks his...

Wines for Thanksgiving

This is always one of my favorite articles of the year — and not for the obvious reasons of the importance of gratitude, the...

Three Wines That Changed the Game

Once game changers happen things will never be the same. When it comes to wine, there are three such game-changer moments that have had...

The Triple Threat That Almost Killed Wine

Wines sales are at an all-time high, vineyard acreage is growing like a series of sub-divisions, quality has never been better and California’s wines...

Great wine values | Part II

As stated in Part I, “Wine lovers love a wine bargain.” Read Part I:  Great wine values | Part I To start Part II, let’s specify...

Great wine values | Part I

When it comes to wine, as in all things, everybody loves a great value. Even my friends with multi-thousand bottle cellars full of trophy...

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...