Well Hot Dog, We have a Wiener

July 9th, 2024

To celebrate the fourth we were invited by some friends to their annual pig roast, and it was a lovely time. The food was scrumptious, the people were delightful, and the children were… children. I always like to roll in with a cooler of tasty beverages, but I think it’s worth considering carefully what beverages…

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I Think I Might Need Glasses

July 2nd, 2024

One of the mystical powers attributed to the sommelier class is their ability to smell and taste a wine without seeing the bottle, and tell you the grape, the country, the vintage, and the demeanor of the migrant worker from Latveria who picked the fruit. What is this superhuman ability, could a mere mortal ever…

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Wine in an Italian Style

June 25th, 2024

This past week marked the last wine tasting in a series of 7 tasting events in 8 weeks, and man what a time it’s been. We’ve tried wine from Oregon to Spain, rosé from all over, and saké from Japan back to wine from the Italian peninsula. The selection of Italian wines that we tasted…

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Saké: Now with More Rice!

June 22nd, 2024

This past week we had Chris Johnson from World Sake Imports in to present a selection of saké from his company’s portfolio, a fine lineup of the stuff in my opinion. Afterwards, longtime reader and frequent saké enthusiast Jeb noted that I hadn’t written a column on sake, and I thought, well that can’t be…

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

June 11th, 2024

A while back, regular reader and wine enthusiast Bill asked me about buttery Chardonnay. How, why, and what’s the deal? Aside from the base material (grapes) in the grand scheme of what a wine tastes like, yeasts, bacterias, and oak are some of the primary contributors to flavor. In the mid-twentieth century when the pinnacle…

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Ramblin’ Man

May 21st, 2024

I wasn’t born a ramblin’ man, in fact I was (to my memory) a rather quiet child, but if you give me the right forum to ramble about wine and wine related things, I’ll certainly do it. While seeking inspiration for this week’s column it almost feels like the last few weeks have provided too…

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An Embarrassment of Riches Part 2

May 10th, 2024

Regular readers will recall that last week I recounted a trade show experience that was actually, get this, positive. Well this past Thursday we received our first delivery of some of the wines that we tasted and liked well enough to bring into the store as part of our regular selection of wines. Since I’m…

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An Embarrassment of Riches Part 1

April 30th, 2024

On Monday of this week Susan, of State Line wine team fame, and I braved the most daunting of wine industry affairs, the dreaded tradeshow. In an article from last year in which I lamented trade events with surly winemakers, crowded tables, draconian glass rules, and generally obnoxious etiquette faux pas it may have given…

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