Category: Ramblings and Rants

During the Pandemic, Corkage is a Crime

I didn’t think I needed to write this article. Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a spot-on piece

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Wine Tariffs to Be Replaced by Wine Glass Tariffs?!

First they came for our imported wines and sparkling wines. With a herculean effort and a bit of luck we

Robert Vifian

I’ll Drink To That: Chef Robert Vifian

Episode 485 of I’ll Drink to That! features Chef Robert Vifian. Robert is the chef and co-owner of Tan Dinh,

Roberta Bricolo

I’ll Drink to That: All About Lake Garda

Episode 484 of I’ll Drink to That! features a deep dive into Italy’s Lake Garda, and the wines produced along

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Wine Aerators: $336.9 Million Worth of Bullsh*t

So the saying goes: “A fool and his money are soon parted.” We might be the species that has taken

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Wine Bloggers: An Endangered Species

I think I finally know how my wife’s grandmother felt. A year or two before she passed at the age

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Frozen Wine in Texas

It’s being called by some ‘the St Valentine’s day massacre’. Starting on 9 February, a cold front descended on the

Françoise Vannier

I’ll Drink To That: Geologist Françoise Vannier

Episode 483 of I’ll Drink to That! features Françoise Vannier, a French geologist who has made a multi-decade study of

Great News: Wine Tariffs Get 4-month Suspension

What’s that sound? No, not all those Champagne corks popping. The other sound. Yes, it’s the sound of every wine

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If We Want Restaurants to Survive, Here’s What We Need to Do

No one needs to be told that the pandemic has severely impacted the restaurant industry—at least, no one that eats

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Restaurant Wine Evolves to Survive

By this point, every one of us has used up the euphemisms for just how far from normal we find

Lorenzo Accomasso

I’ll Drink to That: Winemaker Lorenzo Accomasso

Episode 482 of I’ll Drink to That! features legendary Barolo producer Lorenzo Accomasso, along with a deep lesson in the history of

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So You Think You Are a Wine Baller?

Spend enough time in the world of wine and you’re bound to meet them. The (let’s face it, almost entirely)

Zorik Gharibian

I’ll Drink to That: Wine Before and After Genocide

Episode 481 of I’ll Drink to That! features Zorik Gharibian of the Zorah winery in Armenia. The episode is based

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On a Balloon and a Prayer: Bordeaux Grapples with Climate Change

In a press release brimming with enthusiasm and beautifully illustrated diagrams explaining their new project, the winegrowers of Saint-Emilion in

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The Aroma of Progress at the Court of Master Sommeliers

It has been six weeks since the installation of a newly-elected board of directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers

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Trump’s Parting Shot at Wine

As someone who owns his share of businesses in the hospitality space, President Donald Trump might be expected to be

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Welcome to the Era of Single-serving Wine

It’s quite common among wine journalists to end the year (or begin a new one) with predictions for the coming

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How Long Does a Bottle of Wine Last After It Is Opened?

Would you be surprised if I told you I get this question a lot from random people who find out