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2010 Wine Blog Awards: Nominations Open

It's time to nominate your favorite wine blog in the 2010 Wine Blog Awards. Not only has the name changed a bit, but a new group is running the program. The North American Wine Bloggers' Conference took over the contest ...

Hospice du Rhône: You Had Me at Syrah

This week we joined participants of Taste Live featuring Hospice du Rhône, a perpetual non-profit business league that represents and promotes the 22 Rhone varieties and those who make them. Each Year HdR produces a three-day event in Paso ...

Why I Hate Bill Gates: Thank God for Wine!

I must admit I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about "cloud computing."  I have trust issues to start with, and letting Mr. Google keep all my files for me sounds like the old "open relationship" concept. Is my ...

Another Wine Byte 16: A Little Bit of Blarney

We have a running dialogue in our household about the legitimacy of my Irish ancestry. Joe claims he is Irish but I'm not. Around Saint Patrick's Day, he teases me with “If you were Irish, you would know this,” ...

Even Alton Brown thinks Sandra Lee is creepy!

Not too long ago I wrote a piece entitled Why do I hate Sandra Lee so much? that I used as a launching off point for a rant about what a wasteland Food Network has become. I used Sandra Lee, ...

Silver Oak and Twomey – Wine Reviews

Last week we had the great honor and distinct pleasure of meeting legendary wine maker Daniel Baron. It was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, and we plan to tell you all about it later. But Daniel was there ...

They say, “Joe, why do you drink?”

I have a shameful confession to make: I am a Detroit Lions fan. There, it's out there and I can't take it back. I root for a team that has won 3 out of their last 39 games, holds the ...

A Tale of Two Meals

Amy and I have recently had two very different experiences when going out for dinner and, of course, wine. Since both of these dinners involved friends in some way, and since we're not usually interested in negatively reviewing anything, neither ...

Earthquake wreaks havoc on Chile’s Wine Industry

Reports coming out of Chile today indicate that last Saturday's massive earthquake dealt a substantial blow to that country's $1.3 billion wine industry. According to the The Washington Post, Rene Merino, president of Wines of Chile, says early estimates put ...

Sonoma Coast Jewels: Freeman Vineyard & Winery

Ever since I was a little girl I've had a fascination with all things Japanese. In later years this led me to Chiba University for Japanese Business and Society Study Abroad program.  There I missed the class on language because ...