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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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WHAT DO NUMBERS HAVE TO DO WITH IT?

    In the May 5-6, 2018 OFF DUTY supplement to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL the headline article was Do The Right Wines Win? by Lettie Teague. The author and a group of her wine friends decided to buy some relatively low priced wines with big numbers scores. Basically the article talked about the 100 […]

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THE ROSÉ PARADE

  June is just around the corner and summer will soon be here. Although we drink rosés year round at our house, summer is the time that most American consumers join the rosé parade. And, each year the parade gathers more participants. According to Nielsen, Americans drank 67% more rosé in 2017 than they did […]

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BOOK ON ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER PUBLISHED BY UNDERGROUND’S CONTRIBUTING EDITOR CHRISTINE GRAHAM

Christine Graham, a  Contributing Editor to The Underground Wineletter, has just published a book on wine icon Robert Lawrence Balzer, Hollywood and Wine — A Star Studded Life,  The Robert Lawrence Balzer Story.  According to Christine, Balzer had been working on his autobiography for years but had only reached the decade of the 50s in […]

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A NATIONAL CONTEST TO SEE WHICH 100 POINT WINE WRITER HAS THE MOST CREATIVE WINE DESCRIPTIONS

Are you kidding me? After all I have written about Stupid Wine Descriptions (click here to read the most recent article) it seems that a well- known national publication will be setting up an annual contest to determine who can come up with the most “creative” wine descriptions.  Reportedly, a $100,000 prize will go to […]

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2017 STUPID WINE DESCRIPTION WINNERS

    For the last couple of years I have published a list of what I think are the most stupid wine descriptions published by some of the 100 point wine writers (to see last year’s winners click here). These wine descriptions are written by 100 point wine writers describing actual wines. But, take a […]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

  As humans we are all confronted with the fact that none of us can accurately see the future. Yet that does not stop some from professing to have magical predictive powers.  But, most of us learn to expect the unexpected. Even so, 2017 brought several twists in my life. For a part of the […]

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