Explore The Spectrum of Napa Cabernet With Me, Aug 27th

There’s a reason that Napa Valley now boasts 16 distinct American Viticultural Areas. The valley’s diversity of soils, microclimates, and

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/9/20

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Hungarian Wine Authorities Don’t Seem to Know Anything About Wine

The people in charge of Hungarian wine seem to believe that orange wine, pétillant naturel, natural wines, low-sulfur wines, and

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 8/2/20

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Vinography Images: Gibbous Noir

Gibbous NoirSANTA MARIA, CA: The gibbous moon rises over Pinot Noir vineyards at Bien Nacido near Santa Maria, California. Bien

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 8/2/20

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Brauneberger Juffer Vineyard

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 7/26/20

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Happy Grapes

Vinography Images: Happy Grapes

Happy GrapesLOMPOC, CA: Pinot Noir grapes grow plump and ripe in a Sta. Rita Hills vineyard near Lompoc, California. The

Channeling Bob Ross

Channeling Bob Ross to Bring You “The Joy of Wine Tasting”

It’s been months since I’ve had a haircut, and not one to miss an opportunity, I thought I might as

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Drinking While Eating is Not Food and Wine Pairing

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece entitled “Food and Wine Pairing is Junk Science” in which I

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/26/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 7/19/20

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Happy Canyon

Vinography Images: Wine’s Happy Place

Wine’s Happy PlaceSANTA YNEZ, CA: The vineyards of Happy Canyon are in their full green splendor near Santa Ynez, California.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/19/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 7/12/20

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Dierberg Vineyard

Vinography Images: Trio of Companions

Trio of CompanionsSANTA YNEZ, CA: A Cabernet vineyard at Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards sits above three oak trees near Santa

Katherine Power and Cameron Diaz

‘Clean Wine’ is a Commercial Scam

Much ado is being made of the latest entry in a long line of celebrity wine brands. Actor Cameron Diaz

Richard Betts

No Regrets From US Ex MSs

The killing of George Floyd changed so many things, so quickly, and shifted conversations in almost every facet of life.

Eileen Crane

The Doyenne of California Sparkling Wine Steps Down

After 42 vintages, 30 of which were as the founding winemaker and CEO of Domaine Carneros, Eileen Crane (seen above

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/12/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 7/5/20

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Santa Rita Hills

Vinography Images: Them Thar Hills

Them Thar Hills LOMPOC, CA: The Sta. Rita Hills are viewed from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard near Lompoc, California. Planted

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/5/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/28/20

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Vinography Images: Silent Refuge

Silent RefugeSANTA YNEZ, CA: An irrigation pond at Refugio Ranch reflects a lone tree against the evening sky near Santa

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/28/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/21/20

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Vinography Images: The Great Change

The Great ChangeLOS OLIVOS, CA: A cluster of Grenache grapes growing in a vineyard at Zaca Mesa Winery, located along

Steve Edmunds

The Inertia of Integrity: The Wines of Edmunds St. John

Sometimes, a simple question is enough to change the course of a life. For Steve Edmunds, that question, posed by

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/21/20

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The (Brief) New Era of Unbelievable Wine Deals

For anyone looking for discount pricing on their favorite luxury California wines, we have just entered perhaps the best time

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Vinography Images: Cabernet Bluff

Cabernet BluffSANTA YNEZ, CA: The hillsides, pastures, and vineyards of Grimm’s Bluff in the Happy Canyon AVA show the bright

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Sommelier Richard Betts Throws Away His Pin

Today, Master Sommelier Richard Betts told the world that he no longer wants to be a Master Sommelier. He is

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Want To Taste Wine? Sign This Waiver

As Wine Country re-opens throughout California and visitors return to tasting rooms once again, beyond mask-wearing employees and lots of

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 6/14/20

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Wine Country Reopens, Cautiously

I should probably come clean at the start. I broke the law to write this story. Here in northern California,

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Biodynamic Wine

With the correct audience in the room, I like to joke that I’m the ultimate biodynamic wine critic. You see,

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/7/20

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Vinography Images: Over the Edge

Over the EdgeSANTA YNEZ, CA: A mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard seems to drop off a cliff as it sits above

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/31/20

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Solomon Hills Vineyard

Vinography Images: Hills of Chardonnay

Hills of ChardonnaySANTA MARIA, CA: A hillside Chardonnay vineyard at Solomon Hills Vineyards near Santa Maria, California basks in the