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Friday, November 24, 2017

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...

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...