Straddling Time at Israel’s Clos de Gat Winery

It feels bizarre to stand on such an ancient wine artifact, like I’m damaging something valuable. Just the week before I was admonished by a tour guide for standing on a wall in the mountaintop fortress of Masada. And here, we’re tromping on an even older antiquity as if it’s just a patio from the last century.

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I’d Rather Go Blind Tasting

After the blind tasting and while the winemakers revealed the wines, there were more groans than “Yesss!” so I don’t feel alone in my 25% score.

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Top 7 Wine Blending Tips for the Holidays

Your friends may think you’re crazy until you inspire them to blend a few wines themselves. Then, they’ll think you’re a hero for making that cheap shiraz into something drinkable.

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Blend of the Week: Zinfandel + Bordeaux Blend

There are times in life when a wine needs to be blended and times when it doesn’t. But just because a wine doesn’t need blending is no reason not to blend it. Sometimes, wines that taste great on their own can be made even better or at least more interesting as a blend.

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Wine by Wertzberger: Grape Whisperer of Sonoma County

The day I tasted Bill Wertzberger’s breakout wine, the velvety 2005 Monson Vineyard Merlot, I knew he was on his way to becoming one of Sonoma County’s next big garagistes.

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Tasting Virginia 4 – Barrel Oak Winery

Barrel Oak Winery is not hard to find. Driving west on Hwy 55, just past Marshall, Virginia, look to your right and when you see the dogs, you’re there. Barrel Oak Winery loves dogs so much, the acronym of their name is B.O.W., as in bow-wow.

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Tasting Virginia 2 – The Winery at La Grange

On our way to the Winery at La Grange, we headed west on General Lee Highway, took a wrong turn in the middle of Manassas Battlefield Park and found ourselves charging halfway through Bull Run. By the time we’d redirected ourselves toward the village of Haymarket, I felt like I’d lived through the beginning of the Civil War.

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