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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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