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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Warning! This blog may be hazardous to your health.

Just in case any of our French friends are reading this, I want to make sure that I am in compliance with their local regulations. ‘Any communication in favour of an alcoholic drink, such as a series of articles in favour of Champagne, constitutes advertising and is therefore subject to the public health code,’ said a spokesperson for the National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction (ANPAA).

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Geekiness

Being a professional geek and an aspiring wino, I found this article interesting. One of the ideas they’ve come up with is a system called Wine Bar that would allow restaurant-goers to select from a restaurant’s wine list based on their taste preferences. So you can imagine selecting traits like acidity or fruitiness and having the tableside computer bring back appropriate wines from the restaurant’s wine list. That is an excellent idea, and one that […]

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More and more California winemakers go green

This is an interesting article about the move towards much more ecologically friendly methods of wine production. While I haven’t yet tried any truly organic wines that I have liked, many of the more eco-friendly ones are excellent, and should be supported. Last Fall I had the pleasure of touring the Benziger Family Winery and seeing firsthand their efforts at being more responsible stewards of their piece of the planet. Even though it delayed the […]

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