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Visiting Napa Valley; Reserve the “Heck” out of It Before You Step Foot On Ground

Reserve the “Heck” Out of Your Napa Valley Visit I have been to Napa Valley more times than I can count.  I have always enjoyed my experience and love being there. The early visiting days were much more magical and … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy First Quarter 2022 Wine Reviews

This quarterly wine review has been so hard to put together not because of any technicals of tasting or even formatting this page. But because of the loss of my mother in January of this year. The loss was profound … Continue reading

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Master The World Wine Kits: A Great Way to Explore Regions and a Fantastic Wine Appreciation and Learning Experience – 99 Points

I have participated in quite a number of Master The World master wine classes. And I have enjoyed them perhaps even more than pre-pandemic master classes for many reasons. I love attending wine events but I cannot attend them all; … Continue reading

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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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