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To Hell with States’ Rights! – Part I

There are a number of states that make it next to impossible for a consumer to get wine direct-shipped to her. Most of these laws effectively protect the three-tiered system, that takes wine from the winery, to the distributor, to the retail establishment. And I would argue that there is a pretty strong lobby that seeks protectionism for its state-run wineries, and its distribution system.

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Another Wine Byte 6: Even Wine Gets Stressed!

Bottle shock can result from a wine’s over-oxidation or if sulfur dioxide was added during the bottling process. The effect on the wine is a flatness of aroma and flavor, sometimes accompanied by an unpleasant odor. It can also occur when your wine becomes stressed from the excessive jostling of the bottles during shipping, especially if the bottles travel from Califonria Wine Country to parts south and southwest on a long circuitous journey in an un-air-conditioned brown truck in the middle of the summer. Most of the time, it is a temporary condition.

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Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 5 – High Heat)

This is part 5 of an open-ended and ongoing series of posts. In case you missed them, the previous posts were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, and Part 4 – Knives. One thing that a lot of home chefs are afraid of is very high heat. I would venture to guess that just about every person that has ever tried their hand at cooking has decided […]

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Another Wine Byte 5: Descriptive Terms

Here is the fifth in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) AWByte #5 – Length, Aftertaste & Finish Ever notice how the flavor of some wines disappears almost immediately after you swallow, but others linger in your mouth?  Wine connoisseurs refer to this as the “length” of the wine, but I like to call it “Hang […]

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Another Wine Byte 3: Noble Rot

Here is the third in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) AWByte #3 – What is Noble Rot? We’re voracious readers.  In fact, I don’t believe the day is done until I’ve read a least a few pages of whatever book I have on the nightstand. Recently we picked up Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Wine Revolution […]

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Can red wine cure the common cold?

Strangely, one of the most popular posts ever on this site was the third one that I ever posted. I doubt many folks read it when it was first posted, but for some reason it continues to draw eyeballs. It dealt with research into into disabling microbial agents’ power to make us sick. One of the the compounds being looked at in this microbial war is a byproduct of the wine making process. The post […]

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