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2022 – A New Year Ahead

I am optimistic cautiously so about this New Year ahead. Last year this time I was full of hope and perhaps the expectation was overly optimistic. But I hope for this era of the Pandemic to end or at least … Continue reading

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Normalizing Sparkling Wine Consumption

The pandemic showed that people were treating sparkling wine as a celebratory wine versus a wine that can be enjoyed routinely.  Here is what happened in 2020 in major sparkling wine regions: Sparkling wine sales total estimate for 2020 according … Continue reading

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Q4 2021 Wine Reviews

Another year has flown by and like last year there have been some wine events but most of them like last year did not happen. I know some people are not fans of wine tasting experiences for trade and media. … Continue reading

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National Zinfandel Day, A. Rafanelli & Dry Creek Valley

Today – 17-November-2021 is National Zinfandel Day I have been fortunate to spend a good amount of time in Dry Creek Valley.  I have been in mid-winter to fantastically triple digit summers.  I have picked grapes and I have been … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Wines – Ideas for Your Table

I have been wanting to do this for a long time–which is to give a larger list of suggested wines for Thanksgiving. The intent is that you do not need to buy all of the wines on this list (which … Continue reading

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Do Yourself A Favor – Use Only a Tulip Glass for Champagne/Sparkling Wine; Ban Flutes from Your Home

Please do not use one of the above glass for your Champagne and sparkling wine enjoyment! These vessels are not glassware that is appropriate for any sparkling wine or Champagne. While a long used sparkling wine glass since the 17th … Continue reading

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Saracina – A Wondrous Mendocino Producer

I have been to Mendocino rarely as compared to Napa or Sonoma. I remember early in my days here in California I drove to Philo and I clearly remember visiting Scharffenberger Cellars; it was a huge investment in time for … Continue reading

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MORE INFORMATION PLEASE: Wine Information on Label

I attend many zooms on wine and often but not always fellow wine writers have on point questions. In one particular forum recently, one person brought up recently that that more information on a wine label could open a Pandora’s … Continue reading

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Demystifying Wine: The Five Wine Pillars

Demystifying wine is essential today as it has always been… perhaps much more important today than at any other time in the past.  The world of variety, region and style is as complicated and misunderstood as it has always been … Continue reading

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Family Winemakers 2021- August 22, 2021

The last time I attended which feels like a lifetime ago was in 2019 – the previous decade. I took this photo in this nice space in San Francisco’s Dog Patch district. I had to compare and contrast a glass … Continue reading

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