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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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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

  It’s always hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again. The New Year 2016 is almost here. Beginning in 2011, after our first year as an online publication, I published my reflections on the past year and fearless wine forecasts for the upcoming year. Many things did occur and most trends were […]

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ENCORE: DEAR SANTA, WE’VE GOT A LITTLE LIST

  In the very early days of the online Underground I posted an article I had published in 1983 in the print version of  The Underground Wineletter (Volume V, Number 5) and added a postscript with some new wines to add to that list. Just to show that great old wines never fade away, the […]

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

    STARTING IN LODI WITH LODI NATIVE   I am always looking for new wines to try. Sometimes it is a wine that is a type of wine I like so I just take a chance. For me, Rosés are a great example as are Champagnes, Burgundies, Sancerres, and many other types of wines. […]

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A VIEW OF THE 2015 BURGUNDY VINTAGE IN ADVANCE OF THE ANNUAL UNDERGROUND WINELETTER TRIP TO BURGUNDY TO TASTE THE 2014S

  I will soon be leaving for Burgundy to taste the 2014 wines from barrel. This is the 35th year since my first trip with my friends in 1981. During that time, I missed a few years because of business demands or illness, but my long time friend and Underground Contributing Editor, Geoffrey Troy, has […]

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I HATE TO TELL YOU “I TOLD YOU SO” BUT “I TOLD YOU SO!”

    Just as I was putting the last notes together on my October rosé article (to read that article click here), saying for the umpteenth zillion time that rosés are not just for summer enjoyment, but for enjoyment all year round, look what came floating in from the CIVP/Provence Wine Council: Provence Rosé Exports […]

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WHAT’S IN YOUR WINE GLASS?

  While I am an ardent believer in free choice when it comes to wine (to read my article Drink What You Like And Like What You Drink click here), I must confess that I do not like wines that are manipulated and over the top and that includes a lot of the high octane […]

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