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New Year’s Eve 2014: A Time for Raclette!

New Year's Eve: a time for celebration and reflection. Did we accomplish everything we set out to this year? Did we mend the broken fences in our relationships? Did we set the bar a little (or [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part II: The Wines

While there are memorable sparklers and Alsace varietal bottlings, Anderson Valley is Pinot Noir territory. The typical Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is more savory and tightly wound, rather than fruity and grand like Oregon or distinctly [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part I: The Story

The Anderson Valley is its own world really, self-sustaining, and heavily agricultural. Only recently have the apples been displaced by wine grapes as the prominent crop, making this region home to some of the most coveted [...]

Vinoble Renaissance: Celebrating Fortified, Sweet & Dessert Wines

Vinoble, the biennial wine fair devoted to fortified, sweet, dessert and other special wines that takes place in Jerez de la Frontera, the capital of Sherry, was successfully reborn in 2014 after a four-year hiatus. Table [...]

Simply Sensational Summerhill Sparkling Blanc de Noirs

Champagne: beverage of the ultra-elite, the glittering nectar that deities of real estate and rap music use to wash away their troubles. Most highly regarded region for the production of said effervescent treat. For now. [...]

Trump Winery Shows Off Quality in Virginia

Imagine my surprise when Donald Trump’s son sends me a half case of wine. No – not the start of a joke, a true story… On the other side of the continent there’s a 30-something fellow [...]

Profile: Taylor Parsons of République in LA

When asked recently by the Los Angeles sommelier Taylor Parsons “What style of wine do you enjoy?”, my mind went blank. That’s not because of a lack of wine experience on my part or the type [...]

Underground Cellar $10,000 Winecation Giveaway

Yes, that’s right, a $10,000 USD trip for four to Sonoma wine country and they’re giving it away THIS MONTH *(April) to some lucky s.o.b in the States~! You have to get your name in this [...]

Cristalino Cava, Garcia Carrion wines, Spain

www.GarciaCarrion.es What can I, peasant that I am, say about a company that has won the prestigious award for Best Winery of Spain not once, but twice in a row? A winery that has been growing, developing, [...]

2014 Vancouver Intl Wine Fest: Consumer Tasting

http://www.playhousewinefest.com/Over 20,000 people came to the Vancouver Convention Center last week for the 2014 @VanWineFest; the expected crowd of doctors and lawyers but also mechanics, secretaries and firefighters... for too long I've heard the r... [...]