Bargain wine? Maybe…

I’m not really quite sure what to make of the information in this article. I’m all for being able to get good table wine at a low price, and if California makers want to bring in some decent Chilean juice to make that happen, there isn’t much that comes to mind to complain about. On the other hand, if makers of $20 pinot want to sell a cheaper version, should they be looking to France? […]

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Cheap Pinot?

This is an excellent article on Pinot Noir, and some winemakers who are striving to put it on all of our tables. Having tried some of these, I like what they are doing. Sure, they aren’t spectacular examples of the variety, but they are certainly very drinkable. I wish them all the luck in the world. From the article: It starts to feel a bit like unrequited love. What is the Pinot lover to do […]

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Waiter, there is dirt in my wine!

How much dirt is in your wine? They observed during the course of the growing season that in almost all vineyards there will inevitably be various human impacts to the soil — from tractors and other mechanical equipment making trips hither and yon, to vineyard workers who kick up dust as they walk through the vine rows tending to various tasks. Dirt flies everywhere. The dirt and dust splayed into the air settles on grapes […]

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Changing roles of the sommelier.

This is a very good article about how the role of the sommelier has changed in recent years. To judge by all the reverence they are accorded, you’d think chefs were the most interesting people on the planet. In truth, they are sometimes not even the most interesting people in their own restaurants. Often, that distinction belongs to the sommelier. Wine makes everyone more interesting.

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Where is the best place to buy wine?

These days there is no shortage of places to buy wine. There is wine at the supermarket, there are huge chain package liquor stores, there are specialty shops, wine clubs, and Internet shopping available to almost all of us. Personally, I use all of the above. There are plenty of good wines at reasonable prices in your local supermarket and at the big package store. However, they do require that you have an idea of […]

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On Beer

In this article the author does a great job of extolling the wonders of beer, and I agree that beer is a remarkable beverage. I make my own, and consume quite a bit made by others. In fact, since I have launched this blog I have received comments by people surprised that I am not writing about beer more often. I love the stuff, and while a lot of what the author writes is dead […]

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Friendlier skies?

Andrea Robinson has been hired by Delta Airlines to create an in-flight wine menu. Maybe flying will be fun again. From the article: “Andrea Robinson is one of the world’s hottest master sommeliers and is helping Delta create a unique, high-flying wine discovery for our global customers,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s senior vice president of Global Product Development and In-Flight Service. “Andrea’s selections are perfectly matched with Chef Michelle Bernstein’s superior cuisine offerings in BusinessElite […]

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