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The Story Behind Thread Wine . . .

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March 14th, 2010

Bottle Variation – What’s the Story?!?!?!

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February 4th, 2010

Have you ever opened up a bottle of wine only to have it not live up to the expectations you had about this wine based on previous bottles? This happens far too often as far as I’m concerned, especially when it may – and I stress may – be avoidable.

Rhone Rangers – What Would You Do ??!?!?

Posted In - Wine Words

February 1st, 2010

I am proud to say that I have recently been asked to sit on the Board of Directors for Rhone Rangers, the preeminent organization for Rhone varieties produced in the US. I am honored and humbled by the invitation, but above all, I am psyched to lend an ‘alternative’ voice to the leadership of this Read more…

Wine Competitions – Should You Believe the Results?

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November 16th, 2009

It’s Friday afternoon and you really want a bottle of wine to enjoy that night with dinner. You go into your local wine shop / supermarket / gun and wine shop (!) and peruse the shelves . . .but how to decide what to buy? All of a sudden, you start noticing ‘beacons’ drawing you Read more…

It’s Not Over Yet!!!!

Posted In - 2009 Harvest

October 28th, 2009

It always amazes me during the Fall how articles come out talking about the grape harvest as a whole – quality, weather, people – and they tend to almost always focus on the ‘North Coast’. Napa, Sonoma, Russian River … I guess these are the only places that seem to matter?!?!?!?

Lucky Guy . . .

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October 26th, 2009

I’ve always been of the belief that you should love what you do for a living . . .or make some changes in your life. It’s a pretty simplistic concept, but one that I’ve always felt was worth living by.

Rain Rain Go Away?!?!?!?

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October 14th, 2009

As I type this latest edition to my blog, it’s raining outside – not cats and dogs, just slightly sprinkling. That said, even the slightest precipitation can seem like a torrential down pour, and quite detrimental, to some . . .

Decorum on the Web – What’s So Tough to Understand?!??!?

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October 5th, 2009

I am simply amazed at the lack of decorum some have shown recently on blogs and on bulletin boards that I frequent. The fact that it is becoming commonplace to go well beyond ‘constructive criticism’ and get downright nasty is just a sign of how far this medium still has to go . . . Read more…

What To Do In Tougher Times?!?!?!

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October 2nd, 2009

There have been a number of recent stories about wineries making changes of some sort in order to ride out the downturn in our industry. The most visible current story involves Pali Winery, a Santa Barbara County-based winery that actually has been proactive in trying to move wines.

When Is a Wine Considered ‘Manipulated’?!?

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September 30th, 2009

What in the heck am I talking about? Can it be that wine is not simply an all-natural alcoholic beverage that is the result of no human intervention whatsoever?!?!?!? Many wineries obviously want you to think that this is the case! When reading ads or perusing websites of many wineries, their message is that their Read more…