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The Making of a Wine Book


You’ll see pretty instantly how Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is different the moment you open it. It’s completely visual. The book’s organization is a little bit different too, instead of going by region, we organized it by style (there’s a Sparkling wine section, a Light-Bodied White …read more

Leaders and liters: Putin and Berlusconi uncork trouble


Today’s installment of “Leaders and Liters,” our series on world leaders and the wines they drink, features an unusual figure: Vladimir Putin, purported teetotaler. His partner in what seems like a buddy flick was none other than Silvio Berlusconi who is certainly no teetotaler, instead known for his bunga bunga …read more

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 21, 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

Sommelier tastes box wine


Patrick Cappiello, voted the superhottest somm of 2014 and shaping up to be a finalist for 2015, tasted some box wine on camera. As you might imagine, there is lots of gagging and spitting (one named Vella Burgundy scores an F with notes of raisin …read more

The world’s most confusing wine list?


Have you ever sat down at at wine bar and thought, “Man, I’d really love a glass of vielles vignes ’13!” Never mind what grape variety the vielles vignes are yielding. Nor where they are grown. Nor who presided over that growth and subsequent fermentation and maturation. Just a straight …read more

Hedges Red Mountain: A Gangster of a Syrah

Wine Review: 2012 Hedges Family Estate ‘Descendants Liegeois Dupont’ Cuvee Marcel Dupont Syrah, Red Mountain, USA With a title like that, this wine from Hedges has a lot to live up to. Wow, from the first aromas to the last drop from the now empty bottle, this wine was straight-up …read more

A tasting of Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

I was really looking forward to our first Chardonnay tasting yesterday, after a half-year of exploring Pinot Noir. Although Pinot is inherently a better, more complex variety than Chardonnay—at least, in California, IMHO—the latter is the most important variety and wine in our state, and across America, and the …read more

2014 Horton Vineyards Cotes d’Orange

Varietal: 89% Mourverde; 11% Pinotage
Region: Monticello AVA, Virginia – USA
Cost: ~$16

Winemaker’s Notes: In the glass, this wine presents a deep dark red. The nose is filled with baked cherries, pie crust, and plum. The silky smooth attack features red cherry tart and anise notes leading to …read more

Women in Wine: ¡Salud! Leda Isabel Garside

Women in Wine: ¡Salud! Leda Isabel Garside This week, I spotlight Leda Isabel Garside, RN, to highlight the work she does for the wine industry. She manages the outreach program of Tuality Healthcare ¡Salud! Services. Although she has had several roles at Tuality Heathcare over the last 20 years, Leda …read more

On Taco Bell selling wine

If more proof were needed that wine has become as mainstream in America as fast food, it was just supplied with Taco Bell’s announcement that the chain will begin serving wine at its stores, beginning in Chicago and San Francisco.

The Irvine CA-based company put out a press release …read more

Big beer may get bigger–and more irrelevant

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Have you heard–ABI may buy SAB? The resulting company, which could have an alphabet soup of a name, would be the biggest brewer in the world, combining the make of Stella and Budweiser (Belgium-based AB InBev) with the brewer of Miller and 200 other beers, including Peroni, Grolsch, and Pilsner …read more