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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A Wine Descriptor Cheat Sheet

These are just a sampling of the wine descriptors you can possibly use, but they are basic. Using them will fool anyone into thinking you know what you are tasting. Give it a try!

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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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My Favorite Wines

Here are new lyrics for a song I wrote last year, inspired by John Coltrane, whose interpretation of My Favorite Things gave The Sound of Music its purpose for existence.

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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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Wines of Sonoma in the City of Vancouver

Sonoma County wine makers return to Vancouver on October 18 to pour some of their best wines before taking their Sonoma in the City tour to Ottawa and Toronto.

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