Winos stole my burrito!

Wine has changed my life in so many ways, almost all of which have been positive from my point of view. There are the health benefits, social benefits, and probably most profound of all, the opportunities that writing about it has opened for me. One change that I have mixed feelings about is in the way that I relate to food since becoming a full-fledged (as opposed to being a half-assed) wino. Food and wine […]

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One for You, Two for Me: Blending Can be FUN!

Joe definitely is the cook in our house.  He has also had success making his own beer. But there is a little something I can brag about from out latest trip to Wine Country – blending. I won two of three blending contests. My individual honor came at a blending session in the wine cave at HALL, after we and a few other wine journalists (aka bloggers) spent the day learning about the HALL practices […]

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Another Wine Byte 12: Wrap It Up, I’ll Take It

When it comes to wine, it’s not just the “thought” that counts. In fact, if you don’t know that much about wine, perhaps a wine-related gift, rather than a bottle of wine, would be a much better choice. But there are other considerations when giving wine. Should you take a bottle of wine when invited to dinner? Should a host or hostess be expected to open the wine? And what about “re-gifting” wine?

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10 of the Most Architecturally Progressive Wineries in the World

Mike Payne, the editor of, sent me a link to his post entitled “The Ten Architectural Wonders of the Wine World.” He has found some real gems. From his post: To the religious and the secular alike, wine holds a special place in the hearts of men. It is no surprise, then, that the wineries of the world have become like churches themselves– while adherents to the worship of wine travel the world over, […]

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