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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Wine Education — There’s Work To Be Done

A café in Paris. Four American women fresh from a day of touring, eager for a well-deserved glass of wine, peruse the carte du vin. “There are quite a few wines here I’ve never even heard of.” “Well, there are a couple of merlots.” “Yes, but I don’t think merlot means the same here as […]

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Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100

One of my favorite stops on the annual wine calendar is the Wine & Spirits Top 100 tasting, held each year at City View atop the Metreon in downtown San Francisco. This tasting brings together top producers from around the globe, each chosen for a particular wine that, according to W&S Editor and Publisher Joshua Greene, was […]

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There And Back Again, part one

At the end of J. R. R. Tolkien’s two major works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the main characters return to their idyllic homes in The Shire, glad and content to be back where life is good, and the goodness of life is abundant. I feel the same way whenever I return […]

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