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Meritage

Along with Moët and Claret, Meritage is one of the most mispronounced wine words in America. Think "heritage" when saying it as that is one of the roots of the word. When I visited California last Fall, it seemed that every ...

When is a bottle of wine too old?

That is a good question that this article takes an interesting look at. From the article: The wine was a bottle of St. Estephe, a red Bordeaux, with a vintage date of 1895. Ya, I'd say that counts as interesting.

Wine is for Wimps

Real men don't drink wine and eat cheese, they drink terrible beer. Not just terrible beer, but LIGHT terrible beer. Gotta watch the figure for the ladies. It's the manly thing to do. So is staying in the kitchen and ...

Google Wine Maps

As this excellent article on the Willamette Valley demonstrates, Google has allowed for some amazing uses of its technology by independent developers. The information on the Willamette Valley is well worth the read, but the really stunning part of the article ...

Portuguese Strippers

This is a very interesting look at corks. Last summer, two “strippers” from Portugal walked into the parking lot at Napa Valley College, wielding axes seemingly forged in medieval times. They chopped deftly at the trunks of cork oak trees, expertly ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...