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    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine

    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine
    First dates are very fragile affairs. They are about two individuals testing the waters to decide if they are compatible enough or if it is worthwhile spending your gunpowder in a relationship with the other person. On a first date you would probably have many things to worry about, but if I were you I would certainly make sure that ordering ...
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    Thoughts on Awful Wine Lists

    Thoughts on Awful Wine Lists
    The myth of wine, as it is sold in restaurants, is wedded to the myth of pairing. Any restaurant with an eye towards gastronomic quality asks us to believe that its wine list was carefully hand-selected to include wines that complement the restaurant’s unique cuisine, or at very least, its general concept. Such a list must be rigorously maintained, to ensure ...
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    From Car Crash, To Wine Connoisseurship

    From Car Crash, To Wine Connoisseurship
    Where most wine lovers cite a particular taste or sip as having sparked their interest in the subject, mine truly began with an absence of sensation. At age twenty, after returning home from a hospital where I’d been treated for an auto-related concussion, I found I couldn’t taste the Chinese take-out my parents had bought to celebrate my recovery. Where once ...
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    Beer of the Month: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

    Beer of the Month: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
    When the weather cools down, malty brown ales really come into their own, and malt is mostly what this one is about. For the interest of beer geeks, the label lists all the ingredients, and they include eight varieties of malt and just two of hops. That proportion gives a pretty good picture of flavor - just enough hops to cut ...
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    Minnesota is Now Part of the Nation's Biggest Wine-Growing Region

    Minnesota is Now Part of the Nation's Biggest Wine-Growing Region
    Move over, Napa and Sonoma. Local winemakers are toasting a recent decision in Washington, D.C., to include southeastern Minnesota in the largest wine region in the country - called the Upper Mississippi River Valley. It's 70 times the size of the Napa Valley region, and means the Upper Midwest finally has a high-visibility spot in American wine culture. Wine is hardly ...
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    Trying Dry Red Wines With Chocolate

    Trying Dry Red Wines With Chocolate
    When my daughter was small, the moms took the kids trick-or-treating. We fathers stayed home and doled out the candy. Utterly boring - until I discovered by mistake how well a Dewar's on the rocks went with some Hershey's Kisses or a mini-Mr. Goodbar or a bag of peanut M&M's. The pairing of Scotch and chocolate went so well I always ...
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    A Playful New Port: Pretty (and Tasty) in Pink

    A Playful New Port: Pretty (and Tasty) in Pink
    Admit it; port has something of an image problem these days. Too many people think of port (if they ever think about port) as an old fogy drink best savored by crotchety gents puffing on stogies and pigging out on blue cheese. Looking to shake things up is Croft, the venerable Portuguese port house, with its Croft Pink port. That's right, ...
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    Chappellet: An American Vintage

    Chappellet: An American Vintage
    One of the more challenging aspects of my job as a Beverage Manager is to make purchasing decisions on wine vintages (vintage being defined as the year of the growing season and when the grapes were picked) and their appropriateness for the restaurant wine list. Will the wine change with each vintage or can I expect consistent flavor profiles from year ...
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    Francis Ford Coppola: From Making Movies to Making Wine

     Francis Ford Coppola: From Making Movies to Making Wine
    Francis Ford Coppola changed the way Americans thought about movies with films like his "Godfather" series and "Apocalypse Now." The Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter may now be changing how Americans think about and buy wine. Coppola got into the wine business in 1975 when he bought the old Inglenook estate in Napa Valley. Over the years, he restored to ...
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    Michael Mondavi: Wine Coach

    Michael Mondavi: Wine Coach
    Wine starts with the earth, the vine and the grape. Simple nature creates an amazing, complex, euphoric drink. So how can something so simple leave us speechless and confused? How does one make sense of wine names? What are the differences between grapes? Why does the region matter? How does a year make a great vintage? When choosing wine, we become ...
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    "Dry" & "Sweet": How We Ought Not Describe Wine

    "Dry" & "Sweet": How We Ought Not Describe Wine
    In the interest of clearer communication about wine, I’d like to propose the general retirement of the word “dry.” It will be hard to let go. For much of the wine-drinking public, it is a gem of a word - a real cubic zirconia. I would attribute its popularity to the fact that simply using the term demonstrates a brief acknowledgement, ...
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    Spoiled Darling Wines

    Spoiled Darling Wines
    I have this sick friend. Sometimes he’s bright and sharp: the life of the party, witty, and profound. Other times he has a lot on his mind: he clams up and he can be downright unpleasant. He has enraged people. Because of this I can’t trust him – but knowing the scope of his potential, I can’t abandon him either. He’s ...
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    Use Wine Importers as a Buying Guide

    Use Wine Importers as a Buying Guide
    A day rarely goes by when someone doesn't ask me, "What's your favorite (fill in the blank with a wine type)?" or “What should I be buying?” Even my mother will often call me up and say, "Well, we are having lamb chops and a salad, what should we buy?" Usually this leaves me blank wondering what to say since what ...
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    "Terroir" from a Rockpile

    "Terroir" from a Rockpile
    Some might say that terroir is the most important thing in making great wine. Its elements—soil composition, sun exposure, wind exposure, slope, drainage, etc.—determine how a vine will grow, contributing to the specific personality or characteristic of the vine’s wine. Terroir varies from vineyard to vineyard, creating different flavor profiles in wine. Clay Mauritson, owner and winemaker of Mauritson Family Winery, ...
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    The Wine Judging Circuit

    The Wine Judging Circuit
    Judging season is upon us and I have been busy judging wines, but the wine competitions themselves have come under fire lately. LA Times writer Jerry Hirsch helped propagate the bad press by calling attention to a study conducted by retired Humboldt State professor Robert Hodgson. It’s not new to challenge the process, but this recent four year study claims that ...
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    Twitter Used to Market Beer

    Twitter Used to Market Beer
    Athens businessman Alex Sams plans to join the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce because of a tweet - a short message - he read through the online social networking service Twitter. During the summer, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce President Doc Eldridge used e-mail and Twitter to send out invitations to the chamber's annual midyear event. Sams, who is a partner ...
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    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite

    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite
    Across from me sits Tom Nichol, distiller of Gordon's Gin, and one of only four people in the world to hold the secret recipe to one of England's oldest spirits. Next to him sits Tom Soden, head barman at Geo Bar in central London. Both are extolling the virtues of gin, but from completely different angles. According to Nichol, the only ...
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    California Wine Makers Lobby Congress

    California Wine Makers Lobby Congress
    WASHINGTON — California winemakers this week are lobbying Congress in their own distinctive way, hoping to fend off farm spending cuts and potential tax increases. On both fronts, they have key allies. "They are worried about being taxed in a major way as part of a healthcare bill," Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said Wednesday morning, adding that "I don't think ...
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    Sustainable Wine: What the Buzz is All About

    Sustainable Wine: What the Buzz is All About
    There are many eco-friendly buzz words flashing in the world of wine and viticulture: green, organic, biodynamic, and sustainable. Each time one of these words is tossed out or put on a label, it creates a lengthy debate as to which method is actually better to sustain the earth for generations to come. What is really behind all of this talk? ...
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    Bermuda: An Intoxicating Island

    Bermuda: An Intoxicating Island
    I had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful island of Bermuda last week. I was very excited to enjoy the sun, relax, and explore the island cuisine. I was especially interested in exploring the beverage category, since, as a matter of principle, I was on vacation; and, as a point of journalistic exploration, I am interested in extending beverage information ...
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