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Wine of the Week: Bonny Doon Beeswax Vineyard Picpoul 2019

This wonderful white wine is the product of Randall (Randy) Graham, the quirky and unique founder of Bonny Doon, an enterprise that he created to produce American versions of the best Rhône wines. He’s run into some tough times in the last few years, a visionary winemaker but self-described not-so-good

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Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week: Cavaliere D’Oro Primitivo Puglia 2017 IGT

Conventional wisdom is that Primitivo was brought to California around 1968, and scientists at UC Davis declared it the same grape and wine we call Zinfandel in the US. But as far as I can tell–and there are at least a half-dozen versions of the “truth”–this “Italian” grape’s origins are

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Low-Cal, Low-Alcohol Rosé vs. Traditional: Which Wins?

I walked onto a mediocre liquor store in New Brunswick, New Jersey the other day. Staring me in the face was a rather poorly-configured display of Cupcake “LightHearted” wines which, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine, “locks in at less than 80 calories…eight percent alcohol by volume, and less than

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A Quick, Brisk Trip to Greece and Georgia (not the US state)

I couldn’t say goodbye to a month characterized by miserable heat waves (Or were they really? Maybe we just did too much testing with too many thermometers?) without mentioning these two amazingly refreshing white wines. Assyrtiko is one of my favorite brisk, citrus-y whites and the Zacharias 2019 doesn’t disappoint…at

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Pair Your Food With Perfect Wines!

Wine and food pairing is more an art than a science. So VIEW OR DOWNLOAD the Wine-Flair Wine & Food Pairing Chart 2020.  Pairing is one of the most frequent questions I get and if you want to really immerse yourself, there are lots of books available–I have one called

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Cats Love Boxes. Why Not Wine Drinkers?

I don’t actually know the answer to that today. This Black Box Sauvignon Blanc Chile 2019 is the first boxed wine I’ve ever bought, though I have tasted a few from time to time at events and at private homes. It’s three-liters, the equivalent of four standard bottles, and at

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9 Weeks of Summer Left…Try These 10 Fabulous White Wines!

There are roughly nine weeks left of “traditional” summer—Memorial Day to Labor Day—and hopefully you’ve been able to buy and enjoy some lovely wines.  I’m betting that you’ve quaffed a few Rosés, ideally some of them with some aroma, fruit, and character (and not those watery, pale and insipid ones).

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Legendary #wine expert @JamesSuckling says something I've never heard before: "I have been tasting new barrel samples in France’s most famous wine area (#Bordeaux) for 39 years now and I have never encountered something like 2021. Amazing.
https://bit.ly/3welcIR

#ChinaLockdown, a 600% increase in container shipping costs, and even stranded #wine corks are hitting the wine industry hard: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/supply-chain-bottlenecks-spoiling-napa-valley-wine-country

#Wine luminaries are offering in-person and #online fine and rare wine auctions in regular and large formats, dinner experiences, and winery tours to raise money for for victims of #RussianWarCrimes and @WCKitchen. https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/drinks-industry-ramps-up-efforts-to-raise-money-in-aid-of-ukraine-crisis-479869/

#BoxedWine is increasing in popularity, and ultra-premiums from #Napa are gaining traction with consumers and producers! https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/article/industrynews/rise-of-california-north-coast-ultrapremium-boxed-wine/

Researchers at @dartmouth say they've written an algorithm that writes #wine reviews. They're not bad...but they have to scrape info and keywords from existing "people" reviews. #Software can't taste wine. Not yet, anyway. https://www.foodandwine.com/news/artificial-intelligence-sommelier-writes-wine-beer-reviews

Been there. Love them. Much prefer right-bank wines especially those from #StEmilion. https://twitter.com/jgreco/status/1521131937452249088

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