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John Tilson

John Tilson has written 390 articles

SURPRISE WINNING WINE IN THE INTERNATIONAL WINE TASTING COMPETITION OF THE CENTURY

   In recent years wine tasting competitions have proliferated across the world like wild flowers after a March rain. I just received word of a massive tasting of several thousand wines from all over the world that was held on March 27 in Abuja, Nigeria. It seems that in this relatively new planned city wine […]

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2018 ROSES – IT’S TIME & IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE IN FOR A REAL TREAT!

  Yes it appears to have happened very quickly, but the 2018 roses are beginning to arrive. This perception of an early arrival maybe even more so this year given the cold weather we are having across the country. That includes here in Santa Barbara where we are in one of the wettest and coldest […]

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WINE & TRUTH

  The Underground Wineletter has always stood for the consumer and more wine transparency (click to read about our history and mission with links to many other articles). Wine should not be a mystery. But somehow in the U.S. it has become very complicated and that is even before the bottle is opened. Consider how […]

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HAT TRICK WINES FROM TOAD HOLLOW VINEYARDS

Under the radar Toad Hollow Vineyards has come up with the hat trick producing 3 Outstanding new releases – one white, one rosé, and one red. They are all delicious and great bargains. If you like wines that are pure, balanced, and flavorful as I do then it is time for you to try this […]

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2018 STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION WINNERS

   For the last few years I have been writing an annual article on stupid wine descriptions (to read the first with a single award for one of the most ludicrous wine descriptions of all time click here). This year’s four award winners come from my friend Mort Maizlish who is particularly adept at finding […]

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ATTENTION WINE DRINKERS: THIS BUD’S FOR YOU!

  Since 2011 (to read the article entitled What Is Wine? click here  and to read my article  Yikes! The Tide May Be Going Out Soon! Who’s Swimming Naked? click here) I have been writing about wine ingredient labeling and why it is needed (to read the reasons why wine ingredient labeling is needed click on […]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  Wow hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again. And, for us 2018 was a very unpredictable year. Yes, we were blessed with our new grandson, Chase, who is an absolute joy. But, a lot of the other things we had expected did not happen. And, unfortunately a lot of things that […]

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BURGUNDY 2018

  I first went to Burgundy to taste from barrel in the 1980s. This year marked over 30 years of tasting wines from barrel in Burgundy. During this period I have missed only a few years. I founded The Underground Wineletter in 1979 and soon after we were tasting wine from barrel in California, Bordeaux, […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2018!

  It has been quite a year. And, it is especially so for many of us here in California. It is very sad that so many lives were lost and so much property destroyed. But we feel blessed. Life goes on, and there are many reasons to be especially thankful this year. Now, as always, […]

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A MOTOR TRIP NORTH – FALL 2018

WINE, FOOD, FRIENDS, ADVENTURE, SIGHTSEEING AND MORE   My wife Laurie and I have been traveling to Northern California for over 50 years. In this time we have seen many things and many changes – some really good, some good, some not so good, and some bad. But, it is always an interesting and scenic […]

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