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Sherry and the Mystery of Palo Cortado: A Documentary

Since one drinks-related documentary is not enough (see my preview of The Birth of Saké), I was also able to screen “Sherry and the Mystery of Palo Cortado“. This film will be showing at two locations next week as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. What is Palo Cortado Sherry?   This is where the [More]

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The Birth of Saké: A Preview of a Documentary About Harmony

I had the chance to preview a documentary, The Birth of Saké, that will be screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 27th and 28th. It’s a film about harmony, when it comes to the making and makers of saké. You’ll learn a lot concerning the rigors of making saké traditionally, by hand, and [More]

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How Is Wine Made? A Preview of SOMM: Into The Bottle

SOMM, the popular shorthand for sommelier, was a documentary detailing the quest to pass what is arguably one of the hardest tests in the world: the Master Sommelier exam. How do you follow up this tale of aspiring wine experts working towards the highest honor of their profession? With “SOMM: Into The Bottle”. Here’s a [More]

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Wine, Flash Cards, Cut Garden Hose, and The Documentary “SOMM”

Would you spend five years studying for an exam you only had a five percent chance of passing? If you’re trying to become a Master Sommelier, of which there are less than 200 in the world, you voice your dream with one word: “YES”. My guest on the Wine Without Worry podcast is Jason Wise, [More]

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A Review of Red Obsession: A Documentary about China and Bordeaux Wine

The documentary Red Obsession concerns one of the most talked-about topics in the wine business: the rise of China in the international market and its penchant for top-flight Bordeaux. These are wines costing thousands of dollars per bottle, and being snapped up at headline-producing rates. The title of the documentary, with its play on red [More]

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Red Obsession: A Conversation about Bordeaux, China, and Culture

I intended this post to be a review of the documentary RED OBSESSION (and one will be forthcoming). It concerns one of the most talked-about topics in the wine business: the rise of China in the international market and its penchant for top-flight Bordeaux. These wines cost thousands of dollars per bottle, and are being [More]

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