Making New Friends in Rioja

The past year, for too many reasons to consider, was nearly devoid of any wine writing. With the goal of turning that around in 2020, I’m going to recap a few events from last year, and then climb up the ladder for another dive into the deep pool that is the world of wine. Cheers! […]

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Truchard Vineyards Are Not To Be Missed

For years I’ve been driving through Los Carneros – that rolling strip of vineyards and farms hugging the bottom of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys – without really understanding what it was I was looking at. Then I spent an afternoon at Truchard Vineyards. Now I get it. Want to learn more? Check out the rest of my review for the American […]

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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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Time To Get To Work

On the last day of 2012 I wrote about a few things I would like to see disappear once the new year had settled down around us. Now, I’d like to focus some attention on improvements I’d like to see come to pass in 2013. First, I’d like to see the advocates (i.e., hipster trend […]

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Geek Of The Week — Tempranillo

At some point in your journey through the wine world, this has happened to you. You’re strolling the aisle of a wine shop or grocery store eyeballing the various bottles. You’re reading the labels and seeing words like chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, riesling, zinfandel, and then, all of a sudden, up pops Rioja. And you […]

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