Category: Ramblings and Rants

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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)

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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

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Smoke Taint Looms Large in CA

It has now been six weeks since the successful containment of the Glass Fire, a 67,484-acre (27,310-ha) blaze that burned in both

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Vinography’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

Figuring out what to get the wine lover who seems to have everything can be a source of great anxiety

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Improving E-mail Ethics in the Wine Industry

Fair warning: this article is going to be a bit of industry navel-gazing that likely holds little interest for consumers.

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Mastering the Graphic Design of Your Wine List

When people think of designing wine lists, chances are they’re thinking about the decisions surrounding which wines appear on the

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California’s Latino-owned Wineries Mushroom

The first people to make wine in California were almost certainly Mexicans. In the latter half of the 18th century,

The Wine World Owes Women More Than an Apology, It Owes Them a Reckoning

Horrifically depressing is really the only way to describe it. Yet even in the midst of that hollow-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach combination of

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Wine List Design: Avoiding the Pitfalls

I will admit it. I’m one of those people who really enjoy reading through restaurant wine lists. I suppose that’s

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US Wine Finally Embraces Politics

For the longest time, the American wine industry has managed to maintain an apolitical veneer, steering clear of endorsements or

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Napa Licks Its Wounds and Holds Its Breath

As of this morning, the Glass Fire, which burned more than 67,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma Counties is 97%

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Napa Wineries Ask ‘What now?’ As They Survey Glass Fire Wreckage

The following is the introduction to an article I penned for Club Oenologique, a fantastic new online magazine out of

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The Next 48 Hours May Shape Napa Valley For Years to Come

At 9:32 AM this morning, the Napa County Office of Emergency Services issued its latest set of evacuation warnings in

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Napa and Sonoma Burn Again. Horribly.

I don’t know how coherent this particular piece is going to be, as I watch the social media evidence of