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The 2012 California Vintage – Great News For Wine Lovers
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There are some people who don’t think wine vintages are important in California. From a consumer’s perspective, they are often right. Then all of a sudden a year like 2011 comes along and smacks them right in the face. Fortunately for those who make California wine – not to mention those who just love to [...]

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Can You Find Drinkable Wine For 5 Or 6 Bucks?
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You want some wine that doesn’t taste like grape juice and lighter fluid. And you only have 5 or 6 dollars to spend on it. What do you do? Some would say punt the wine and buy a six-pack of beer. Not a bad suggestion, but there are alternatives it you really want drinkable wine.

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Calling All Carnivores! Wine With Beef
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Petite Sirah, not to be confused with Syrah, is a full bodied red wine. The first impression on one of big fruit flavors. It is dark, even opaque, and purple when young. You will mostly see Petite Sirah from California, although it is made elsewhere. Most do not show a great deal of mouth puckering tannin which is often seen in full bodied wines. Drinking Petite Sirah has been compared to putting on silk pajamas. That’s probably a little fanciful for me, but it is usually a wine with the right fruit flavors to go well with red meat. I had the pleasure recently of attending a tasting of 4 wines made from this grape.

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Is It Wine Snobbery?
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There is a difference in a wine geek and a wine snob. At least I think there is. I started wondering while flipping through the latest Wine Spectator magazine where I ran across Matt Kramer’s column. Kramer also has an online column on the Wine Spectator website called Drinking Out Loud. In his column called “The Dirty Little Secret”, Kramer raises an issue that has plagued knowledgeable wine people for decades, or maybe centuries. At its most basic, the question is this: should we serve the good stuff to people who won’t appreciate it?

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Champagne and Sparkling Wine – A Primer And A Bargain
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There is a difference in Champagne and Sparkling Wine. Geography.

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Great Wine Values From Washington State
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Much of the best wine from Washington comes from the Columbia Valley AVA – American Viticultural Area. It is a huge area that runs from central Washington east toward Idaho at Lewiston and west along the Columbia River (Oregon border) to Columbia Gorge.

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How To Do A Blind Tasting
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Recently a friend of mine and I put together a blind tasting for ourselves and 10 friends. Afterward it was one of those pot luck “bring a dish” things with more good stuff to eat than anyone could possibly ask for. It was a great evening. If you and your friends want to have a fun evening, here is how we did it.

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Surprising Blind Tasting Results
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If you believe that a lot of wine lovers get too stuffy and pretentious about their expensive wine, have I got some ammunition for you.

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