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Imagery Dry Creek Valley Sangiovese 2005

As I have posted before, I am not the biggest fan of Sangiovese grown outside of Italy. Not so much because the wines are not any good, but because they do not taste like Italian Sangiovese, and I have never ...

Continuing the Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction Debate

This morning I sat down at the computer with ideas for 3 different stories competing in my head to be the first written. However, an email that I received put all three articles on hold. Here, with any embarrassing and ...

How winos won the election for Obama

Since I had a few different folks tell me about this story that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle a few days ago, I thought that, since it amused me, I'd pass it on to the readers of these pages. The ...

Wine Industry & Blogger Interaction: What Crosses the Line?

At the recent North American Wine Blogger Conference (WBC) in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on "Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction." Two topics getting the most discussion were about industry marketing and blogger ethics. Specifically the ...

My Favorite Four-Letter Words: Free and Wine

Free you ask? Yes free, or for a very small cost. By using the proper marketing and public relations techniques, you can get what amounts to thousands of dollars of print space for a fraction of the cost ...

Post Election Hangover

I have been sleepwalking all day after staying up way too late watching the election results come in. It seems to be a quite common phenomenon everywhere I have been today. Some folks are grumpy tired, others a happily exhausted, ...

Wines of Gigondas Video

I am a huge Côtes du Rhône fan, and this video from Wine Spectator highlights one of the lesser known regions, Gigondas.

Time for a brief musical interlude

The Ghost of Tom Joad Man walks along the railroad tracks He's goin' someplace, and there's no turnin' back The highway patrol chopper comin' up over the ridge Man sleeps by a campfire under the bridge The shelter line stretchin' around the corner Welcome to the ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 2 – Shallots)

The first installment in this series discussed the importance of having a few high quality pans. Admittedly, despite being a necessity for the home chef, high quality pans are a big investment. Happily, the star of this article is much ...

Villa Martina Cabernet Franc 2004

Cabernet Franc is one of the primary grapes of Bordeaux. While it usually takes a back seat when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine lets it shine through. The color ranges from garnet in the middle to much lighter ...