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The Second Defining Element of Great Wine

To me, all great wines have flavors—whatever those flavors are—that are precise, well-defined, and expressive. So in this, the second installment of my series, What Makes Great Wine Great? I want to address what I call precision in wine.   … Continue reading

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The Biggest Wine Question of All Time

I’ve always found it remarkable that few wine books address the issue of what makes great wine great. That’s probably the biggest WINE QUESTION of all time…yet, startlingly, almost no one talks about it. Fifteen years ago, I started thinking … Continue reading

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Exciting New Projects Afoot!

Dear Friends and Fellow Wine Lovers, I have a score of exciting new projects in the works right now. Check them out: • The NEW Wine Bible—after 5 years of research, writing and tasting 10,000 wines, I FINISHED IT! Look … Continue reading

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What Green Means

At the fantastic New Zealand Winegrowers master class and tasting on Tuesday with Oz Clarke, Ted Lemon, and Mike Weersing, I found myself thinking about what green means. Anyone who comes away from a tasting of New Zealand sauvignon blancs … Continue reading

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On the Value of Corruption in Wine

The description “fruity” has become such a positive in the last two decades that what I’m about to suggest may seem surprising, even sacrilegious. First let me say, I love fruit in wine. I just tasted Ridge’s newly released “Ponzo” … Continue reading

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Alcohol: Can We Please Stop the Whining and Get to Some Thinking?

. The alcohol issue has become an abyss. In the most recent flare up, Bob Parker went on a tear, and Jancis Robinson and Alder Yarrow among others responded. But I think the discussion continues to miss the real issue, … Continue reading

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How Far We Have NOT Come

. . March–Women’s History Month—reminds us of how far we have NOT come. According to the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE), only 9.8% of California wineries have women winemakers. This, even though the first women graduates out of UC … Continue reading

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Man with the Magic Touch Getting Even More Magical

. . In the time-to-be adventurous department, here are four new discoveries of tiny production wines, each of which is made by Philippe Melka, the geologist turned winemaker with the golden (and expensive) touch. . Last year at the Atelier … Continue reading

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Randall Grahm Goes Quince-otic

. . Randall Grahm has done it again–surprised and shocked the wine world, but this time it’s not wine, but hard cider, that’s doing the shocking. And it’s shockingly delicious: 58% pear, 33% apple, and 9% quince, this sparkler is … Continue reading

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A Wine by Any Other Name…

. . I’m really puzzled by the fact that gewürztraminer has never really clicked in the U.S. It’s big; it’s luscious; it’s fleshy; it’s mouth filling. What’s the hang-up? Can’t be the idea of sweetness because gewurz isn’t sweet. Can … Continue reading

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