Steven Spurrier, the English merchant, educator, winemaker, grape farmer, and advocate, died March 9 at age 79. Thoughts, accolades, and remembrances of him have poured in all day from all quarters, including The Drinks Business, who today called him "The Great Man of Wine," while Decanter awarded him the same moniker in 2017.  Surely he was, but I doubt he'd relish being referred to that way. Spurrier became what's referred to in the wine world as a household name, beginning back in 1976 when he held "The Judgment of Paris," a blind tasting of French and U.S. wines, originally intended primarily to promote the visibility of his wine store. Spurrier's wine history is long, back to the presidency of LBJ,…

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Looking for another New Jersey winery to visit last weekend presented me with a lot of choices, but I narrowed it down to one the moment I saw the name: Working Dog Winery, in Robbinsville. As someone who volunteers at the Sammy’s Hope Animal Shelter in Sayreville on weekends, the winery’s name and logo were already enough to get me there. A couple days before, I’d emailed to ask if I could meet the winemaker and perhaps get a tour. Lo and behold, a very genial guy named Mark Carduner called me, said he was the winemaker and would be glad to host me. And when I walked in, he was the first person I saw, at the front of…

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