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The Making of a Wine Book

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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

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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

Wine – made by dead people – for people not yet born

With autumn’s beginning, Italian winemakers are now home from the beach and the mountains, and busy working in their wineries. Gone are the long dreamy days listening to the lap of the sea. Faint are the memories of lunch that went from 1:00 until 4:00 PM, and which included a …read more

Sommelier tastes box wine

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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?

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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

Drinking 240 year-old Sherry will land you in jail

During a tour through Crimea by Russian president/leader-for-life Vladimir Putin and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (who all British press add “disgraced” to the beginning of) they apparently drank a very rare bottle of 1775 Jerez de la Frontera Sherry. This has in turned sparked the ire …read more

González Puras Crianza 2012

It’s the case that I’ve been tasting a decent swath of wines from Rioja lately. This is mainly just to see what’s out there these days as in general, I stay quite uninformed as to what is happening in Spain’s most well-known region. Why is this? …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