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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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A Tailgating Classic

A Tailgating Classic

My husband Robert and I had a weird lunch at Heavy Seas Alehouse yesterday. I ordered a Musket Ball. According to the menu, a Musket Ball is a cocktail made of Bulleit bourbon (regular), Bulleit bourbon (rye), a syrup derived from Heavy Seas Gold Ale, and black walnut bitters. My conversation with the bartender went something like […]

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God Help Us: Aluminum?

God Help Us: Aluminum?

A few weeks ago, I told you to drink whatever you want. It’s no one’s business but yours. I still think that’s true. You should drink white wine. You should even drink Two-Buck Chuck. It goes without saying, but I also think you should treat yourself to a few bottles […]

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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 […]

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A Note About Aging

A Note About Aging

Aging, as it relates to wine, happens at two critical points: during the winemaking process, at my house, and when it’s in the bottle, at your house. Aging, as it relates to me personally, apparently happens on a continuous basis. And I age at my house, your house, and everywhere […]

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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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A Visit from Dionysus

A Visit from Dionysus

Christmas is my favorite holiday, by which I mean Christmas Eve is my favorite holiday. We have very specific and glorious annual traditions, the most important of which (in my opinion) is stuffing our faces full of king crab legs, twice-baked potatoes, and my Mom’s homemade caesar salad. We also […]

by × December 27, 2012 × 0 comments

Home Winemaking

It’s a Watching and Waiting Game

It’s a Watching and Waiting Game

Winemaking is an erratic hobby. There is a lot of action at the beginning of the process: crushing, fermenting, pressing; and a lot of action at the end of the process: bottling, labeling, drinking (the best part). In the middle, however, not a lot happens. Since the wine has to […]

by × December 22, 2012 × 2 comments

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Balsamic Vinegar Swirl Gelato

Balsamic Vinegar Swirl Gelato

A few months ago, Robert and I were watching the Travel Channel, and a special came on about balsamic vinegar. Do you know very much about balsamic vinegar? We didn’t. For example, did you know that true balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of pressed Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes?  Trebbiano is […]

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Labels and Branding

Labels and Branding

Wine is a global, multi-billion dollar industry. Like most industries, while focusing on your product is very important, so is understanding buying decisions and the factors that influence them, product differentiation, and fostering brand loyalty. Specifically, on the topic of labels, what should a label convey? It should give the […]

by × November 30, 2012 × 0 comments

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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