Geek of the Week — Albariño

A few weekends ago the temperatures rose so high in the San Francisco Bay Area that if we had been able to bottle it we would now have enough heat to last us another 12 months. But if you listen to any of my family members or friends from back east, you’d think Thanksgiving was […]

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Barcelona is Very Far From Normandy

On a map, Barcelona and Normandy are hundreds of miles from each other. On any scale using wine as a measurement, they are galaxies apart. In Normandy, a good wine list is usually a surprise. In Barcelona, the surprise comes when the wine list is anything less than good. Over the course of five days […]

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Hands-On Learning

In the next month and a half, The Grape Belt will be on the road in pursuit of some advanced wine education. You can read about wine all you want, but going out and meeting the grapes in person is the best way to learn. Seeing the vineyards up close and talking with the winemakers […]

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Glasses, Rhymes With…

While doing my best lately to pay attention to the things that restaurants are doing well in regard to their wine programs, I’ve said not a word about something that many restaurants absolutely stink at. It seems that there are too many restaurants where the folks in charge aren’t sure what a wine glass is for […]

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