Tasting note: “bitter clown tears”

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This tasting note is no doubt better than the wine!

But, oddly, I bet it actually helped sales of the wine (assuming people read it). It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a store out there somewhere that posted only mockeries or send-ups of tasting notes. Would resonate well with the …read more

SOMM: Into The Bottle Plans a 2015 Debut

Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2015) – Samuel Goldwyn Films proudly announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE, the follow up to writer/director Jason Wise’s 2013 cult-hit SOMM. SOMM allowed viewers to experience the elusive journey to becoming a Master Sommelier, …read more

Q&A: Jean-Marc Roulot

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I met up with Jean-Marc Roulot recently. Not only does he make the excellent wines at Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault but he has pursued a parallel acting career, with 52 credits to his name including Haute Cuisine (fire it up on Netflix during this blizzard).

In case you missed it, …read more

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 26, 2015

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

January Wines Under $25

I was falling way behind on my wine reviews so I gathered the work folks together and it was time to celebrate Wine Wednesday. This time, we were more successful with the wine selection. We tried seven wines and I’m going to write about five of them.

Sparking:

Back to the original wine cup

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Mega wine giant Torres is going back to their beginnings with a new campaign, “A la conquista del clásico” which focuses on two things. The first is their Sangre de Toro 5€ blended wine which is essentially what put them on the map some 60 years ago and allowed …read more

Talking to an audience with different levels of wine knowledge

That was part of my challenge last week at a wine dinner I hosted, for Jackson Family Wines, at Ling & Louie’s, a fine Asian-fusion bistro in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Seasoned speakers know it’s helpful to have advance knowledge of who your audience is. (Actually, it’s “whom” your audience is, but …read more

No Country for Old Wines

Just hours on the ground here in Italy. I’m spending what’s left of the weekend in Venice, which tonight is the most serene of republics. January is a time when the tourists go elsewhere, like Cuba or Thailand. Venice is damp and cold. But there is a warm front and …read more

Château Beausejour, Grand Vin De Bordeaux

Over the past year I’ve reviewed a few different Bordeaux wines, a category that generally isn’t on the list of “cheap” wines. But they do offer some good values and it’s possible to find some tasty ones for under $20.

This particular one is a little over the $20 price …read more

Vinography Unboxed: Week of January 18, 2015

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Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.

This week’s samples included a most unusual trio of rosés. Now I’m generally not a …read more

In Conversation with the Intrepid Wino

In the era of social media, we often get to know people long before we meet them in person. Anyone highly active on Twitter, for instance, likely has dozens or even hundreds of people that they have gradually gotten to know in little 140 character chunks, sometimes over years.

That’s the …read more

Vinography Images: The Stuff of Life

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The Stuff of Life
Water drips from a healthy grape leaf after a wet night in Sonoma County. While early season rains gave farmers some hope for a wet winter, rainfall remains disastrously low throughout drought-stricken California.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save …read more

Hell On Wheels Et Al.

My wife and I started watching Hell on Wheels when it first aired starting with episode #1. We were in the midst of also watching Sons of Anarchy, Dexter and Mad Men when we go into it. We told all our friends about it telling them they HAD to watch …read more