• Korbel winemaker lies on TV about Champagne and sparkling wine

      What's the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine? How would you answer that question? The correct answer is "Champagne is a kind of sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region in France." But that's not what the head winemaker from Korbel said on the San Francisco Fox affiliate, KTVU, on the morning news on Saturday. The U.S.

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    • I've been drinking a box wine for a month!

      I often tell everyday wine drinkers they should drink more box wine. For the last few weeks, I put my mouth where ... well, I put some box wine in it. A lot of box wine. There are a number of great things about box wine: * It's actually in a plastic pouch inside the box that deflates as you take wine from it, so the wine isn't exposed to oxygen.

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    • Tasting the world's most expensive chocolate

      The shocking thing about the world's most expensive chocolate bar is that, even at $260 for 5 ounces, the producer doesn't expect to make money. Jerry Toth, co-founder of To'ak Chocolate, is a leftist do-gooder. It's weird for him to be peddling a $260 bar of chocolate, but maybe philosophically it's better that it almost certainly will not be profitable.

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  • Which sommeliers select Silver Oak and Opus One?

    I like Vino Volo. Sometimes I get a decent glass of wine and a good sandwich at airports, like Newark, where there was previously no food worth eating. Even for airports, Vino Volo's prices veer quickly from I-guess-that's-OK to are-you-kidding? Perhaps they're able to gouge the business traveler crowd, who can expense anything they consume in airports.

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  • Update: Charles Smith dropped his lawsuit against my readers

    In 2010 Washington winemaker Charles Smith sued some of my blog readers. There were some anonymous comments on my site that he didn't like, and he sued the people who wrote them. I was not a party to the suit. I found out about it because Google got a subpoena for the IP addresses of the commenters, and Google, which has more money than God, asked me if I wanted to hire a lawyer to fight it.

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  • Wine people like vs. wine for oenophiles, Rombauer edition

    I have a feature on Rombauer up right now on Wine Searcher, from my gig as the site's California Editor. I quite enjoyed reporting it, had a great time tasting with winemaker Richie Allen and KR Rombauer, and brought home a simply outstanding Rombauer Chardonnay to have with dinner. I thought it was outstanding, but it wasn't something a modern Rombauer Chardonnay fan would recognize.

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  • Photos of a disappearing world: Fox Glacier, New Zealand

    The furthest inland point on Fox Glacier in December 2009. It has retreated far back since then. Fox Glacier on the south island of New Zealand can no longer be reached by a hiking trail. Global warming has caused the glacier to retreat, and if you want to see it now, you have to take a helicopter. In 2009, my wife and I vacationed on the south island and visited Fox Glacier.

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  • Vote for the face of Champagne!

    Candidate # 1: Biff Tannen, a great wine name from Back to the Future The Champagne Bureau is trying to sue an Australian wine educator into bankruptcy. I was thinking about trying to organize a Champagne boycott this New Year's Eve, but that's no fun to talk about two days before Christmas. So let's have a little fun.

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  • Can a great wine be made with alcohol reduction?

    It may be a cliche, but I believe great wine must be made in the vineyard. Saxum's James Berry Vineyard, Paso Robles ConeTech stirred up the world of California wine detractors when its VP claimed at the World Bulk Wine Exhibition in Amsterdam that it reduces the alcohol of 1/4 of all California Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

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  • The Day Wine Tasted Bad

    Last Thursday, as the Pineapple Express storm howled outside our windows, I prepared a comfort food: bacon-cheeseburgers. I had all the ingredients for an oeonophile version: Benton's super smokey bacon, English raw-milk aged cheddar, and grass-fed, grain-finished ground beef. All I needed was the right bottle of wine. I thought I was in the mood for a comfort wine: a ripe, rich red.

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  • 10 great books for Christmas gifts

    Ask Santa for anything but a share of his cookies Last year I recommended 9 great, fun to read wine books that weren't necessarily new. This year I'm going to expand the concept past wine books. I can't compete with the New York Times' best 10 books of the year list because I don't read enough; their editors speed through hundreds of books in a year, while I probably read a couple of dozen.

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  • What they're drinking on The Flash

    I'm always interested in what TV characters drink. Earlier this year, I learned a terrific wine pairing for sashimi from Hannibal Lecter. "The Flash," on the CW network, hasn't ventured far into gastrophilia, even though we've learned Barry Allen needs to eat constantly because he burns a lot of calories running around Central City at 400 mph.

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  • Wine critic Antonio Galloni has silent investors

    Antonio Galloni What does it mean if a wine critic has silent investors? Possibly nothing, but what if those investors are, say, a winery owner or wine importer? Antonio Galloni was in the news recently when he acquired Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. The move was universally lauded by the wine press (here's my own analysis column), as it gives Galloni a 30-year li ...

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  • I, The Jury: The Case of the Library Urinator

    Juror No. 11, Mr. Gray I've always wanted to sit on a criminal jury. I think I'd be the perfect juror: skeptical of everyone, willing to consider all possibilities, but not hesitant to convict. Prosecutors always disagree, which is why until last week, though I've been called to serve many times, I never made it to the final 12. In the case of the People vs.

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  • 9 tips for serving wine with Thanksgiving dinner

    Thanksgiving is one of the biggest wine-consumption days of the year, especially for folks who don't often indulge. Wine columnists usually respond with recommendations of individual wines (here's mine this year for Wine Searcher). But this only helps the oenophile. Most folks just want to pick up a couple bottles while they're at the supermarket buying turkey.

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  • Could a restaurant charge customers a "bad review" fee?

    An English hotel recently charged a couple 100 pounds (about $157) for calling it a "rotten, stinking hovel" on Trip Advisor. Pressured by the media, the hotel refunded the money. But the idea got me thinking: could a restaurant threaten to do the same? It's an appealing idea for restaurants bedeviled by Yelp reviews. Most of me -- 99.

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  • Darth Vader on Wine Spectator's Wines of the Year

    I wanted a second opinion on Wine Spectator's 2014 Wines of the Year, so I contacted Darth Vader, a formidable critic and emeritus editor from the magazine. He used The Force to retaste the wines in question. Wine of the Year, original Wine Spectator review: "Powerful, refined and luscious." Darth Vader's ...

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