On Beer

In this article the author does a great job of extolling the wonders of beer, and I agree that beer is a remarkable beverage. I make my own, and consume quite a bit made by others. In fact, since I have launched this blog I have received comments by people surprised that I am not writing about beer more often. I love the stuff, and while a lot of what the author writes is dead […]

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Friendlier skies?

Andrea Robinson has been hired by Delta Airlines to create an in-flight wine menu. Maybe flying will be fun again. From the article: “Andrea Robinson is one of the world’s hottest master sommeliers and is helping Delta create a unique, high-flying wine discovery for our global customers,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s senior vice president of Global Product Development and In-Flight Service. “Andrea’s selections are perfectly matched with Chef Michelle Bernstein’s superior cuisine offerings in BusinessElite […]

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Warning! This blog may be hazardous to your health.

Just in case any of our French friends are reading this, I want to make sure that I am in compliance with their local regulations. ‘Any communication in favour of an alcoholic drink, such as a series of articles in favour of Champagne, constitutes advertising and is therefore subject to the public health code,’ said a spokesperson for the National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction (ANPAA).

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Geekiness

Being a professional geek and an aspiring wino, I found this article interesting. One of the ideas they’ve come up with is a system called Wine Bar that would allow restaurant-goers to select from a restaurant’s wine list based on their taste preferences. So you can imagine selecting traits like acidity or fruitiness and having the tableside computer bring back appropriate wines from the restaurant’s wine list. That is an excellent idea, and one that […]

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More and more California winemakers go green

This is an interesting article about the move towards much more ecologically friendly methods of wine production. While I haven’t yet tried any truly organic wines that I have liked, many of the more eco-friendly ones are excellent, and should be supported. Last Fall I had the pleasure of touring the Benziger Family Winery and seeing firsthand their efforts at being more responsible stewards of their piece of the planet. Even though it delayed the […]

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Stepping into the Twilight Zone

This morning when I was looking at wine-related news the very first item on the list was this article. Seems maybe my dumb idea about wine knocking out bugs wasn’t so dumb after all. “We’re finding new ways to prevent disease without killing the microbial agent … rather, neutralizing it somehow,” says University of Rochester dentist Hyun Koo, who is using compounds left over from vineyards’ wine-making to bust up gooey bacteria masses known as […]

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Good News (for me, at least)!

The cold is gone and I can taste again. Is there any bigger bane to the existence of a wine lover than a cold? Thanks to all of the homeopathic remedies out there these days this most recent curse only lasted about a week. Not that it stopped me from drinking wine, of course, but actually tasting it was out of the question. Maybe it was the wine and not the Zicam that shortened the […]

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Welcome

In what might be a bad omen, or just an ironic twist, I am currently writing my first blog post about the subject of wine while I am in the grips of a nasty cold and probably couldn’t tell the difference between a glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a glass of MD20/20. Let us all hope that the previous run-on sentence is also not an omen of any kind. This page is not the work of […]

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