An East Texas high school reunion

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Just had to share some pics and notes from our Saturday night: for the first time since Georgia P was born, we spent a night away from the girls and attended Tracie P’s twentieth high school reunion.

That’s Tracie in the photo above, far left.

She grew up in Orange, Texas, …read more

2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee

Wine Review: 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Oregon The 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee is a great Chardonnay that was sourced from Dijon blocks located in the Dundee Hills—one block of 76 clone from Freedom Hill, another block from mixed Dijon clones from the Durant Vineyards …read more

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 28, 2014

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and …read more

Low yields and wine quality

by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
It has been a while since I’ve written about this subject, but it’s worth writing about it again. What brought me back to the subject was an article on Palate Press by Blake Gray on the …read more

Goodbye to the era of the Big Critic

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We entered it as stealthily as we seem to be exiting it: the era of the Big Critic, which began, roughly speaking, around 1980 with the rise of Wine Spectator and its cadre of writers, and then really burst into prominence with the emergence of The Wine Advocate and …read more

Goodbye to the era of the Big Critic

Rushmore

We entered it as stealthily as we seem to be exiting it: the era of the Big Critic, which began, roughly speaking, around 1980 with the rise of Wine Spectator and its cadre of writers, and then really burst into prominence with the emergence of The Wine Advocate and …read more

HOWARD TWELFTREE NAILED TO WALL

After great effort and patience from the likes of Timothy John and Karyn Foster, we finally got a plaque up on the wall of the Adelaide Central Market to celebrate the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Howard Twelftree (centre). For decades Howard wrote brilliant gastronomic prose in The …read more

Gramona does three takes on Xarel·lo

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Stalwart producer of DO Penedès and DO Cava, Gramona has brought out a line of three wine whites all based around the grape, Xarel·lo. For those who might be unfamiliar with the name, it’s a key part to the blends that go in to Cava and it’s a …read more

BAROSSA GETS A REAL GOOD WET WINTER

Winter’s good and wet (perhaps the best real winter in many years) and pruning’s continuing apace (read as gradually as usual) in the Barossa, where I’ve just tasted away a couple of days swimming in tight ‘twelves. Above, at Greenock Creek, olives and the beginnings of an installation for the …read more

Summer Sippers: Caprese Cocktail

Revered for its timeless craft cocktails, intimate Hollywood ease and ode to local flavors, Portland’s Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe returns this summer with a bill of new cocktails embellished with fresh herbs from Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop garden and olive oil and lavender harvested from Oregon’s adored Red Ridge Farms. …read more

Vinography Images: The Blue Berry

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The Blue Berry
Inside the orbit of a single Pinot Noir berry, the world collapses to shades of green and blue.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac …read more