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The Nose Knows

The Nose Knows

Have you read any Mary Roach? She wrote Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, among others. Of these three, the only Mary Roach book I’ve read is Spook, and I highly recommend […]

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Wine and the Gender Divide – Closing, Not Closed

Wine and the Gender Divide – Closing, Not Closed

I went to the dentist this morning. His official prescription was “get a new job” because “the stress is ruining your gums”. Then he told me that I should be a dentist. I don’t think he’s very trustworthy, but I did start reflecting on things that make me clench my […]

by × February 26, 2013 × 1 comment

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Drinking Local, Drinking Favorites in Arizona

Drinking Local, Drinking Favorites in Arizona

Robert has been busy putting the finishing touches on our Vidal Blanc. I’ve been busy visiting Sedona, with a stop in the Grand Canyon. I didn’t have a lot of hope in my heart for my wine experience in Arizona until two weeks ago. I was doing research for our […]

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2013 – Time to Drink Green

2013 – Time to Drink Green

Earth is a pretty great place, isn’t it? I think we can all agree on that*. We get to live on it. It’s very beautiful. We have lots of water and an excellent atmosphere. Each one of us bears a responsibility to protect it. Taking steps to lessen the impact that we have on the environment […]

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If You Want to Drink History, Discover Armenia

If You Want to Drink History, Discover Armenia

One of the world’s oldest civilizations, Armenia is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus highlands surrounding biblical Mount Ararat. The country is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, and Iran, amongst others. It boasts a rich cultural heritage and significant natural treasures. Less well known is the fact that Armenia is arguably the cradle of grape growing and winemaking. […]

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Wine Needs Science, Art, and a Few Heroes

Wine Needs Science, Art, and a Few Heroes

When I was a young man, I got a book on sports heroes of the twentieth century. It allowed me to learn about men and women who had left a lasting mark of achievement, professionalism, and triumph on their chosen sports. People like Ben Hogan in golf, Babe Didrikson in […]

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In Defense of the Finger Lakes

In Defense of the Finger Lakes

In its February 2013 edition, Wine Spectator published a feature on the Finger Lakes, praising the “emergent” region for “gaining experience quickly”. This somewhat patronizing characterization may or may not have gone over like gangbusters with upstate New York winemakers, given the fact that the Finger Lakes region has been […]

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The Light Giveth and it Taketh Away

The Light Giveth and it Taketh Away

We really should be posting about how our white wine is doing outside. But our white wine isn’t outside. Because it hasn’t been cold enough yet. Of course it’s the mildest winter on record. I wonder how tartaric acid crystals taste. I’m probably going to find out. In the meantime, let me entertain […]

by × January 16, 2013 × 0 comments

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Open That Bottle Night 2013

Open That Bottle Night 2013

It’s New Year’s Day, and I am sure that many of you have been or will be commemorating with a special bottle of wine or champagne. What better opportunity to crack open something you’ve been saving, than the start of an entirely new year? New Year’s Eve and Day are […]

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Wine Journals and the Importance of Context

Wine Journals and the Importance of Context

You may have inferred by now that I find the history of alcohol to be very fascinating. Perhaps I can interest you in a pickleback, a historic cocktail crafted from port, or a nice glass of Beaujolais Nouveau? So, as I was preparing to write this post, my Thanksgiving recap, I googled was there booze at the […]

by × November 28, 2012 × 1 comment

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Hooray! It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Hooray! It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day: invented by the French as another excuse to drink wine. No…that can’t be right. The French don’t need an excuse to drink wine. They just do. Not like us puritans. Beaujolais Nouveau Day: shoring up your vintner’s cash flow since 1951. That’s a little bit closer, actually, […]

by × November 15, 2012 × 2 comments

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A Long Interlude…for Emergency Reasons

A Long Interlude…for Emergency Reasons

In 2008, Robert and I took our honeymoon in Napa Valley. Don’t tell him that I had to take my wedding ring off to remember the year. Side note: we got married on the same day as my Mom and Dad, so we had the dates inscribed inside my wedding […]

by × October 25, 2012 × 7 comments