To Love Wine Means To Love Learning

For the past three years I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to attend the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. Now in its 11th year, the symposium, held at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, brings together writers at all levels of the global wine trade, from the famous to those just getting started. Along with […]

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Doing Wine The Right Way

The wine world is a complex place, not often open to Manichaenistic compartmentalizing. You cannot look at things wine-related and say, necessarily, this is good, that is bad. So, it comes as no surprise that the places that gave me fits on my recent trip to NYC were some of the same places where I […]

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2010 Chimney Rock Rosé of Cabernet Franc

PINK 4/28/12  2010 Chimney Rock Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Stags Leap, Napa Valley (14.2% abv., $19, Chimney Rock winery): A bright cherry color, almost like Kool-Aid, this rosé smells of strawberries and flowers, with hints of roses coming through; on the palate  dried fruit and earth tones dominate. This wine is  a bit on the […]

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In The Pink

Have you ever had that situation where you get together with two of your friends who have never met each other? You figure that because you get along with both of them, then they’ll get along with each other. But when they finally do meet, it’s clear that they just don’t match up. Last week […]

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Hey! Whatcha Readin’?

The more wine labels I read, and I’m sure the count is in the thousands by now, the more I ask myself this not-so-simple question: what’s the point of all this? And by this I mean back labels, those often-unfortunate repositories of bad poetry, useless information, and misguided marketing. In the interests of marketing and […]

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