Yearly Archives: 2019

Can experts really judge the quality of wines accurately? What’s the science behind the tasting process?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

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Traveling 54 Years in One Evening with Two Wines

A duo of bottles serving as bookends to a media event sponsored by Barton & Guestier  practically told the story of French wine, how the industry has developed, and how tastes have evolved. Yep, over five decades of change distilled (fermented, rather) into one short, yet memorable, evening. Let’s start from the end, which is [More]

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What is the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

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If It’s Cold, It’s Sold: Prà Morandina Valpolicella

As a retail wine guy, one of the mantras of the business (and grocery in general) is “Stack it high and watch it fly.” For any beverage (beer/wine/cider/soda/water) the other old saw is “If it’s cold, it’s sold.” You don’t see red wine a lot, if ever, in the cooler, though. That’s changing, as more [More]

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What is the difference between a white wine glass and a red wine glass?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably [More]

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An Unexpected Duo at Dutton-Goldfield

Rightfully best-known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Dutton-Goldfield is a winery with a few tricks up its sleeve. Well, not tricky-type tricks, because that implies some kind of sleight-of-hand or tomfoolery. Rather a couple of surprises. Two unique bottles were part of a recent samples shipment the winery sent to me. (Thanks, DG.) Dutton-Goldfield 2018 [More]

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Answering Wine Questions on Quora

I’ve become a regular reader of Quora, a question-and-answer website, because of the interesting queries posed. Now, my definition of “interesting” is quite…broad. Examples from my most recent Quora Digest: What are some of the biggest hoaxes in history? Have any actors or actresses watched their careers get destroyed by being in a superhero movie? [More]

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This Italian White Wine Belongs in Your Cellar and It’s a Great Value

In the halls of legendary wines rewarding decades of patience in a subterranean cellar, surely reds reign supreme. Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barolo, and beyond. But at a recent media dinner I was flabbergasted by the ageability and affordability* of an Italian white wine: Garofoli Verdicchio. This winery is making surprising whites, recalibrating any notion that cellaring wines [More]

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