• World class wines from frozen grapes?

      Winegrowers are confronted with more natural and manmade calamities than you and I can possibly imagine. What would you do, for example, if a few days before harvesting the grapes, there is an unanticipated, hard frost that freezes your grapes? Like any good farmer-survivalist, you pick and press ‘em as fast as possible to see what the heck comes of it.

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    • Wine Buyers - Who, What and Why

      When you make your wine store purchases, are you a confident, sophisticated and knowledgeable Enthusiast who looks forward to the experience? Or do you dread going into the store because you lack basic wine knowledge and are Overwhelmedand intimidated by it all? Perhaps, you’re positioned between those two as an Everyday Loyal whose wine store routine seldom varies because you typically buy the.

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  • Must a wine be true to or representative of its type?

    Lettie Teague’s 10/23/14 Wall Street Journal article on Pinot Grigio—specifically the high quality, northern Italian producers—brought to mind an experience I had some time ago with a California version of Pinot Grigio. After swirling, sniffing and sipping, I quickly checked the label to verify what I just tasted.

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  • Wine drinkers are getting screwed.

    When it comes to marketing wines, producers need to consider which details are important to the ultimate consumer. While I often poke fun at the “prettiest label” phenomenon, it is clearly an effective motivator. Surely, if the bottle’s label is appealing to the eyes, its contents should also be pleasing to the palate.

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  • Early morning breakfast of Sauvignon Blanc and creamy scrambled eggs

    I recently endured the unforgettable joys of recuperating from total knee replacement surgery. During the many weeks of therapy, I had numerous opportunities to explore the essential and intriguing aspects of wine appreciation. One morning while my wife was off to the golf course in pursuit of perfection—which that the sport firmly denies—I had this pre-coffee urge to enjoy a b ...

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