No, It’s Somm-Thing Else

So, you’re studying to become a sommelier? Uh, no. Not exactly. Since I started formal wine studies five years ago I’ve answered this question approximately seven gajillion times. At first it made me nuts, but I’ve gotten used to it. I know as well as most folks in the wine industry that the majority of […]

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Port — Not Just For Roaring Fires On Chilly Nights

When wine lovers think about Port, which isn’t nearly often enough, they imagine something that will thaw them out in the dead of winter. That’s fine, to a point, but Port isn’t just something to enjoy during the dark days of winter. It’s a year-round pleasure. If you’re not so sure about that, check out […]

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In The East Bay And Looking For A Glass Of Wine?

Unless you’ve been on another planet for the past few years, it’s impossible to be unaware of the meteoric growth of the East Bay dining scene. Restaurants of every size and style, as well as gourmet groceries, niche wine shops and trend-setting food trucks, have been popping up like spring mushrooms all along this side […]

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Look Who’s Coming To Dinner: Bad Wine

In recent months friends have asked me for help in negotiating restaurant wine lists, usually in anticipation of an important work event or a special birthday celebration. I’ve done my best to steer them this way and that and so far, knock wood, things have gone well on the day in question. A few days […]

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Let The Good Times Roll…When Possible

 I just got back from several days in New Orleans for a family wedding and there is little doubt that the Big Easy makes its alcohol money on beer and booze. Wine is definitely a third place drink in that town. With that being said, if you look in the right places, there are plenty of […]

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