The downside of wine clubs

Let me preface these comments by saying that I love wine clubs. I am such a fan of my favorite one that I link to their site in my sidebar, and seem to mention them in about every 3rd post. I have discovered many excellent wines through wine clubs. However, there is an uncontrollable downside to them sometimes. Last night I opened a Chilean cab that I had gotten from a recently canceled club. They […]

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Petit Courbu

Petit Courbu is not a grape that you hear about every day. In fact, it isn’t a grape that very many folks ever hear about. A search of Wikipedia only brings us a listing for Courbu, of which it is a variety, but which doesn’t even merit an entry. The fine folks at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant’s sent us a bottle in one of their wine club shipments. My first thought was “What the @&#* […]

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Bargain wine? Maybe…

I’m not really quite sure what to make of the information in this article. I’m all for being able to get good table wine at a low price, and if California makers want to bring in some decent Chilean juice to make that happen, there isn’t much that comes to mind to complain about. On the other hand, if makers of $20 pinot want to sell a cheaper version, should they be looking to France? […]

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Cheap Pinot?

This is an excellent article on Pinot Noir, and some winemakers who are striving to put it on all of our tables. Having tried some of these, I like what they are doing. Sure, they aren’t spectacular examples of the variety, but they are certainly very drinkable. I wish them all the luck in the world. From the article: It starts to feel a bit like unrequited love. What is the Pinot lover to do […]

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Waiter, there is dirt in my wine!

How much dirt is in your wine? They observed during the course of the growing season that in almost all vineyards there will inevitably be various human impacts to the soil — from tractors and other mechanical equipment making trips hither and yon, to vineyard workers who kick up dust as they walk through the vine rows tending to various tasks. Dirt flies everywhere. The dirt and dust splayed into the air settles on grapes […]

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Changing roles of the sommelier.

This is a very good article about how the role of the sommelier has changed in recent years. To judge by all the reverence they are accorded, you’d think chefs were the most interesting people on the planet. In truth, they are sometimes not even the most interesting people in their own restaurants. Often, that distinction belongs to the sommelier. Wine makes everyone more interesting.

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Where is the best place to buy wine?

These days there is no shortage of places to buy wine. There is wine at the supermarket, there are huge chain package liquor stores, there are specialty shops, wine clubs, and Internet shopping available to almost all of us. Personally, I use all of the above. There are plenty of good wines at reasonable prices in your local supermarket and at the big package store. However, they do require that you have an idea of […]

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