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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

  It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost that time again -Time to bring in the new and say goodbye to  the past. And, what a year it has been. It was minor in the scheme of things. But in the wine world we were shaken by the confirmation that wine merchant Premier Cru was […]

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BURGUNDY – 2016 VISIT

  Accompanied by my longtime friends John Brincko and Geoffrey Troy, who are also Contributing Editors to the Underground, I have just returned from Burgundy. We enjoyed wonderful sunny weather with the vineyards ablaze with color and tasted 2015 Burgundies from barrel. This was the 36th year of Burgundy visits to taste wine from barrel. […]

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YIKES! THE 1000 POINT WINE SCORE IS HERE

  The 1000 point wine scoring system to replace an already exaggerated 100 point wine scoring system is one of the things I have joked about for years (to read an article on the absurdity of 1000 point scoring click here). But, guess what? In today’s strange world the 1000 point score is here and […]

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CHAMPAGNE DAY 2016

  From the very early days, The Underground Wineletter has been a big fan of Champagne with a very large number of Champagne articles written over nearly four decades (click here to read the Retrospective Review of our first article on Champagne from December 1979). And, I have always said that at our house every […]

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OUTSTANDING OLD MARSANNAY ROSÉS

  I have always maintained that rosés do not have to be consumed the first year they are offered for sale. Many can be kept for years and many improve with additional age (to read an article on this subject click here). This allows for buying rosés and keeping them for some years and also […]

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A MONTE BELLO TOAST TO PAUL DRAPER

A LEGEND IN HIS TIME Paul Draper, the winemaker and CEO of Ridge Vineyards for nearly 50 years, recently announced his retirement. In my mind Paul was the California wine industry’s guiding force in continuing traditional wine making practices and making consistently great wines during his entire career at Ridge Vineyards. The history of Ridge […]

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THE PERILS OF FARMING – MOTHER NATURE DEVESTATES BURGUNDY

  During the week of April 25 a devastating cold weather system and frost ravaged Burgundy. Below is a report from Alex Gambal. Alex Gambal is an American who went to Burgundy and, literally starting from scratch, has been able to establish a thriving  business in less than 20 years  (to read more about Alex […]

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME OF YEAR IT IS ON THE WINE CALENDAR?

It seems that things are always presented as seasonal. Do you think that people drink wine according to the season? I don’t know what other people do, but I do know that certain foods are seasonal and wine is just another food group. So it stands to reason that wine and food should go together […]

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THE DAILY MEAL WINERY AWARDS

THE DAILY MEAL WINERY AWARDS The Daily Meal is a website http://www.thedailymeal.com/ with a wide range of articles including food, wine, cooking, recipes, drink, travel, entertainment, and restaurants. It was launched in January 2011. The Daily Meal is under the editorial direction of Colman Andrews. I have known Colman for many years. And, we have […]

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STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION OF THE YEAR?

As we approach the 2016 Academy Awards, I am offering my selection of the Stupid Wine Description Of The Year. After all, many wine descriptions have become as much of a fantasy land as Hollywood! And, at the end of this article I have a proposal for all of you that will be a lot […]

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