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Food and Wine Pairing is Junk Science

Like the endless stream of lousy paintings sold at garage sales, or the ceaseless arguments for why climate change isn’t

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/29/20

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Vinography Images: The Boat is Empty

The Boat is Empty SANTA YNEZ, CA – AUGUST 11: A canoe floats on a vineyard pond at Refugio Ranch,

Ending the Aesthetic Fallacy of Heavy Bottles

Wine producers the world over invest in unusually thick, heavy wine bottles for the sake of impressive brand aesthetics. But

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/22/20

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#KeepWineAlive: Deals From Wineries in Trying Times

This article could be about any number of sectors of the economy. But around here we’re focused on wine. So

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 3/15/20

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Vinography Images: Spring Growth

Spring Growth SANTA MARIA, CA: A Chardonnay grapevine in a Tepusquet Bench vineyard begins to unfurl under warm, sunny skies,

How to Buy Wine While Self-Isolating

We’re all going to be stuck at home for a while. That means we will need wine. And lots of

How the Government (and You) Can Save the Wine Industry From Coronavirus

Those that have been paying attention know by now that the American wine and food industries are facing an existential

Too Many Grapes in CA and WA

America’s two most important winegrowing states are suffering serious over-supply while demand slackens. One of the most hotly anticipated press

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/15/20

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Vinography Images: A River Runs Through the Vines

A River Runs Through the Vines SANTA YNEZ, CA: The Santa Ynez River is viewed from Grimm’s Bluff Vineyard &

I’ll Drink to That: Winemaker Jason Lett

Episode 478 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards in

The Best Brunellos: Tasting the 2015 Vintage on Tour

Anyone who doesn’t fall even just a little bit in love with Tuscany the first time they visit should probably

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/8/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 3/1/20

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Vinography Images: Somewhere Happy

Somewhere Happy SANTA YNEZ, CA: A dramatic rainbow pops out at Grassini Family Estate in Happy Canyon AVA, near Santa

WINeFare Women in Natural Wine Tasting: March 7, San Francisco

The wine world, tied as it is to cultural and historical traditions (or boat anchors, depending on your point of

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/1/20

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Vinography Images: Vineyard Vantage Point

Vineyard Vantage Point SANTA YNEZ, CA: The Vogelzang Vineyards along Happy Canyon Road are viewed from a high vantage point

Napa’s Epic Harvest: Tasting the 2018 Vintage at Premiere Napa Valley

Some people run a marathon once each year. That’s not my speed. Instead, I knuckle down and taste 200 Cabernets

Vinography Images: A Splash of Sun

A Splash of Sun LOMPOC, CA: A thick fog bank, broken up by shafts of sunlight that illuminate the vines,

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/16/20

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Threat of 100% Wine Tariff Lifted – For Now

The US wine industry just received a bittersweet Valentine. On 14 February, the Office of the United States Trade Representative

Vinography Images: From the Mist

From the Mist SANTA YNEZ, CA: The fog hangs close to the vines at Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards near Santa

I’m Calling Bullshit on Drone Wine Delivery

Most of us have been watching the Coronavirus disaster unfold like a slow moving train wreck around the world. It’s

2020 Sonoma Garagiste Festival: February 15, Sonoma

One of my favorite pastimes involves tasting wines made by small winemakers who either are just beginning their journeys to

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/9/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 2/2/20

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Vinography Images: Black Jewels

Black Jewels LOS OLIVOS, CA: A cluster of ripe Cabernet Franc grapes shine like jewels with morning dew in a

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

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Vinography Images: Happy Green

Happy Green LOMPOC, CA: A thick fog bank hangs along the Sta. Rita Hills at Sanford & Benedict Vineyard near

Sorry, But Wine Tariffs Are Still a HUGE Problem

A couple of weeks ago, I penned my usual monthly column for Jancis Robinson, focusing on the dire threat to

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/27/20

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/19/20

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Vinography Images: The Cool Distance

The Cool Distance SANTA MARIA, CA: Hillside Pinot Noir vineyards along the Tepusquet Bench are viewed in the late afternoon

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 1/19/20

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I’ll Drink to That: Author and Master of Wine, Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Episode 477 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Mary Ewing-Mulligan, President of International Wine Center

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/12/20

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Vinography Images: Mirror to the Sky

Mirror to the Sky SANTA YNEZ, CA: Reflections on the irrigation pond at Grimm’s Bluff Vineyard & Winery are viewed