Vineyard Tours – A Great Way to Appreciate Wine

Now that Comcast has restored my internet connection to full speed, I’m able to access AWB! Although most of my contributions will continue to be photography, I’ll add an article every now and then, mainly focusing on wine “education.” I am one of those geeks who thinks every vacation should also include an “educational experience.” That’s probably due to growing up in a home with a school teacher Mom and a school principal Dad. Luckily, […]

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Wine Barrels

I would guess that most people never think much about the barrels that their wine is aged in. This article on barrel-making is very interesting. From the article: Barrel-making is labor intensive. Demptos can make up to 148 barrels per day in Napa, while Seguin Moreau’s capacity is about 125 per day. Demptos employs 39 coopers and ships barrels to about 900 clients. Seguin Moreau has 22 coopers and lists nearly 1,000 clients on its […]

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Super Bowl Wine

With the Super Bowl right around the corner many of us are in the process of planning a party. While most fans don’t really have a dog in this race any more, we still all crowd around the television like this is a life or death event, and for some of the advertisers who often provide the best part of the entertainment, it just might be.

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Read the label!

The author of this article makes some very good points about reading the label when being served in a restaurant. Often we assume that the various acts that make up wine service are just formalities, or are out-dated traditions. This is a good reminder that they are practical and serve a very real purpose. If the waiter had acknowledged the error and gone to retrieve the correct bottle, this would not be an item of […]

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Studies have shown…

Time and again we see headlines about how wine experts have been fooled by this or that. A few weeks ago it was that price influences how a wine tastes. More recently it has been that some experts couldn’t even tell the difference between red wine and white wine. Oh, these foolish wine drinkers! Has there ever been such a gullible bunch of snobby buffoons in the history of a world that seemingly never lacks […]

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Italian Wines

Italy is a growing region that I do not know enough about with respect to either its wines or its geography. The one thing that I do know is that I like Italian wine quite a bit, and every glass I taste always causes me to make an empty promise to myself to learn more. This article appears to be a good primer for getting started down that road. Two of my friends from wine […]

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Cooking with wine

The conventional wisdom is that you should always cook with a wine that you would drink. I think that is complete and utter nonsense. The aforementioned conventional wisdom probably sprang from the days when folks would buy bottles labeled cooking wine. I don’t even know if they sell such a thing anymore. I typically have a few open bottles of wine on my counter that I use when I cook, and no way would I […]

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Viognier

Wine experts usually exhort their readers to branch out and try new styles. Usually this is an effort to move people out of their cabernet and chardonnay ruts. Often times the recommendation for chardonnay drinkers is to try viognier. While I definitely agree with this advice, the information in this article on the varietal makes me wonder if this is because California wine makers are not getting the most out of this wonderful grape. From […]

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