Category: Messages In A Bottle

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Messages in a Bottle: What is an Honest Wine?

The other day, in the course of constructing a review, I found myself describing a wine as “honest.” And I

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Messages in a Bottle: Ode to the Blended Wine

Growing up in America cripples us wine lovers from the very start. Sure, we are born into the land of

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Messages In a Bottle: Stalking the Ten Dollar Wine

We’ve been chasing after them for as long as we’ve had legs to run and the extra brain cells required

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Messages In a Bottle: What’s New in The Wine World

The wine world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss

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Messages In a Bottle: Wine Over Time

We all have times of silent reflection, meditation or prayer in which we voice to ourselves things both profound and

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Messages In a Bottle: Appreciating Wine in Context

What did you think the first time you heard Mozart? Perhaps like me, you had a mother who would play


Messages In a Bottle: The Coming Revolution

They say that bees and dogs can smell fear. Those with good noses in the wine world can smell it

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Messages In a Bottle: The Cook’s Wine Cellar

Whenever people find out that I write about wine, the first question is always “Wow. Do you make a living

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Messages In a Bottle: The Better Half of My Palate

I heard my wife say something unbelievable last week. It just sort of popped out, casually, as we were putting

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Messages In a Bottle: Trying to Taste a Place

It’s Spring now in the vineyards of Northern California. The mustard blossoms yellow between the rows of newly budded vines


Messages In a Bottle: The Razor’s Edge of Wine

That wine is getting better, for the majority of wine drinkers in the United States, can hardly be denied. By

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Messages In A Bottle: The Taste Of Honey

Perhaps the greatest singular pleasure of wine for me, should I ever be held at gunpoint and forced to choose

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Messages In a Bottle: Wine, Version 2.0

I’m a man, and a member of Generation X, which among other things means that I’m into gadgets. You might

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Messages In a Bottle: A Year of Learning

I’m really not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve got no list (for you or for me) of must-drink wines

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Messages In a Bottle: Wine Holidays

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? It’s just barely December and I can feel the holidays bearing down like

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Messages In A Bottle: Disorientation and Diversity

The dialogue about wine in popular American culture usually fails to rise above a whisper. This is to say that

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Messages In a Bottle: The 5 Stages of a Self Education in Wine

In the course of putting on wine dinners, attending and hosting wine tastings, and generally just drinking wine in public,

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Messages In a Bottle: Characters In The Same Story

The bearded man with the diamond rings, who is nearly bursting the seams of his Armani tuxedo, grabs you around

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Messages In a Bottle: The Wine Comedy

This afternoon I poured myself the last of a bottle that had been opened earlier in the week, and wandered