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Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard

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The "Sideways" effect came about because so many people just did not understand the movie. The common misconception is that Miles disdained Merlot -- when in truth he revered it. But the very thought of Merlot caused Miles incredible pain ...

Montefalco: Vino Magnifico

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When I was a school girl learning world geography, Italy was by far the easiest to remember. The fancy high-heeled boot of a lady whose ruffled skirts were France, Switzerland and Austria. Take a closer look, at the seductively rounded ...

Drunkenstiltskin and the Very Tiny Princess

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Once upon a time, in the Land of Wine, There lived a gaggle of old Kings They just ruled, you know what I mean? Other than one little thing, their kingdom was fine You see, for all the kings, they had no real queens. In ...

Bill Cosby, Drinking and Consent

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Consent is defined by West's Encyclopedia of American Law as "voluntary acquiescence to the proposal of another; the act or result of reaching an accord; a concurrence of minds; actual willingness that an act or an infringement of an interest ...

La Petite Mort: To Die the Little Death

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Growing up in West Virginia, I lived in a big house on top of a hill. On either side of the house there was a sundeck. The one on the west side of the house I used to bake myself ...

Bedfellows, Bloggers and Bollocks…

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Once upon a time there was a semi-famous writer who penned for a big glossy wine magazine. Short in stature, but tall on ego, he sought to school the new breed of wine critic -- the wine blogger. Beware Strange Bedfellows When ...

A Fatherless Father’s Day

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At least a month leading up to Father's Day, we start receiving pitches from PR folks; like those for Father's day cocktail ideas, Father's Day craft beers, Father's Day wine gifts. One thing I learned when I studied PR, is that it is a ...

Ahr to Lodi: Spotlight on German Wine

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German wines show up in the damnedest places -- and I am not just talking Riesling. While visiting Lodi, California this month, I had the opportunity to meet Bob and Mary Lou Koth of Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, who, with their daughter ...

10 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain

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Planning a visit to Barcelona, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea? Well if not, you should! The Catalan capital's influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts make Barcelona one of the world's leading tourist, economic, ...

EthniFacts creates “Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship” for WBC15

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Today the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, a multicultural knowledge and insights consultancy, announced the establishment of the “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship,” to encourage ethnic, gender and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference ...

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