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Can a Scratch and Sniff Book Help You Become a Wine Expert?

Most wine books are so damn serious. Do you want to read a 500 page book on Bordeaux? One that’s hefty, ponderous, and staid? (Full disclosure: I probably would, but it’s what I do for a living. It’s like studying to be an engineer and having loads of non-sexy prerequisite texts. If you want to [...]

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2013: Reviewing My Year in Wine and Food Books

Taking a look back at all the blogging I did this year, I sure plowed through some thoughtful and thought-provoking books about both wine and food. And non-eating/drinking related books also inspired me indirectly and even directly. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane: I enjoyed Graham Greene’s sweaty, atmospheric The Power and the Glory [...]

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Considering Champagne in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

I’ve been pondering this passage from Ernest Hemingway’s seminal Lost Generation novel, The Sun Also Rises. Here are my thoughts: “I say that is wine.” Thank you, Brett. For many, Champagne exists in a separate category from wine. People think of it as a special outlier. You can listen to my conversation with David Speer, [...]

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Complete Wine Selector by Katherine Cole Has Fierce Freshness

I wish I had come up with the phrase “fierce freshness“. But I have to give credit to Katherine Cole, author of the new book, Complete Wine Selector. (I first heard about her latest book when she was a guest on my podcast.) This alliterative duo is deployed in the first section of book, which [...]

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Wine on Airlines II: Sparkling Wine Not Bringing Me Down

I previously had a fine experience when it came to wine on airlines, courtesy of a cheerful glass of a French Vermentino as well as a sparkling wine, Henkell Trocken, on Lufthansa. (Details with a side of Will Ferrell and Graham Greene.) And now, armed with the knowledge to ask for sparkling wine if I [...]

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The Secret Lives of Baked Goods Lets You Have Your History and Eat It, Too

Receiving and reading a preview copy of The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America’s Favorite Desserts by Jessie Oleson Moore, creator of the ultra-sweet and magical CakeSpy.com, brought me back to my days as a graduate student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Sure, while getting a M.A. in History, [...]

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The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs

I’m just going to come out and say it: The Initiates: A Comic Artist and Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs is one of the best books about wine I’ve ever read, period. How could I not be intrigued by the title? When I received an e-mail from publisher Nantier Beall Minoustchine asking if I’d like to [...]

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61 Intriguing Book Recommendations from Wine Drinkers

Recently I gave away a “My Book Club Only Reads Wine Labels” tote on the blog. I asked people who were interested in winning to not only leave  a comment, but book recommendations as well. It warms my heart to see that so many people who read this blog also read books, possibly ones that [...]

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