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ROSÉ – IT’S TIME HAS COME

  Summer 2013 – Rosé Time In a recent article in the Napa Register, Underground contributing editor Allen R. Balik wrote about rosé in an article entitled “Rosé – It’s Time Has Come”. The article offers a very good insight as to the history of rosé in the U.S. market and is reprinted below: Rosé […]

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DON’T GET YOUR KNICKERS IN A TWIST!

  DOES ALL WINE TASTE THE SAME? YOU BE THE JUDGE!   I recently posted an article entitled The “Judgment of Princeton” (to read that article click here).  This was an account of a recent blind tasting of New Jersey wines vs. French wines. A friend also sent me a recent article featuring the Judgment […]

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FATHER’S DAY: ROSÉ AND SALMON & DAISY ON THE WALL!

    I trust all of you dads out there had a nice Father’s Day and all the non dads too! It was a beautiful day here in Santa Barbara. Every day is a nice day to celebrate, but days like Father’s Day offer an opportunity to be especially thankful for our families. We did […]

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THE STRANGE NEW WORLD

Isn’t it funny how things can get so alienated at a point in time? I guess now a lot of folks are focused on politics and the polarization that is being experienced as we head into elections next year. But, how about the current world of food and wine? Here we have yet another polarization. Food is moving rapidly toward lighter, fresher, natural ingredients. Wine, on the other hand, seems still stuck in the industrialized wines that I talked about in my recent article What is Wine?

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BLENDING PARTY – A NEW TWIST – FLASH DASH – WHAT’S IN YOUR GLASS?

OK. So I have been writing recently about inexpensive red wines and doing blending of wines that are not exactly to your liking to make something that you do like. Yes, I know that sounds radical to some and down right heresy to some wine purists. So what? Get over it. Wine is just a beverage. It is a beverage that exists to complement your food and contribute to the dining experience.

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100-POINT WINES – GET ‘EM WHILE YOU CAN!

Following Cary Fiebleman’s recent article “Is Sanity Finally Coming To The Market,” I received an offer discounting a list of 100-point wines. Included were 2000 Latour, La Mission Haut Brion, Margaux, Pavie, and Leoville-Las-Cases as well as 2005 Haut Brion and Petrus. Many were in different bottle sizes. Also, nine different Rhone wines, mostly from the 2007 vintage and a Sonoma County Red Wine. Per bottle prices were originally from $325 for a Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet Mas de Boislauzon up to $5,500 for 2005 Petrus. The new discounted prices per bottle are now $243.75 to $4,125.

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