Category: Ramblings and Rants

Orange skies above Lamborn Vineyards

Harvest of Fear

Writing a column about the state of harvest on America’s west coast in the face of historic wildfires seems to

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Donate to the 2020 Wine Country Fire Relief Fund

Donate Now Wine country, and the people that live there are hurting. Badly. Covid-19 was a sucker punch to the

Portrait of Ken Zinns

The Unsung Urban Wine Hero

His name doesn’t appear on wine bottles. He is not a winery employee. He doesn’t even make his living in

Front page of Hungarian Winemakers Journal

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

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

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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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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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

Alder Yarrow in front of the Napa sign

Wine Country Reopens, Cautiously

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

Cowhorn on a pile of hay

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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Will the Wine Industry Learn the Lessons of the Pandemic?

As humans, we’re evolutionarily engineered to fear change. And for good reason. It often presages hardship in some form, whether

cans of white claw

The Improbable Link Between Hard Seltzer and Wine

Imagine a story that goes something like this: a young man begins his career and struggles to make it as

wine glass on railing

What Wine Tasting Rooms Will Be Like For the Foreseeable Future

No one knows for certain when Wine Country will open back up in California. As wine tourism represents more than

A portrait of Kevin Zraly

I’ll Drink to That: Wine Educator and Sommelier Kevin Zraly

Episode 480 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Kevin Zraly. Kevin is the former Cellar

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The Wine World is Prejudiced Against Higher Alcohols

I must begin by saying quite clearly that I am not, myself, free from prejudice. Let me give you an