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Drinking Wine in Las Vegas: What’s Hot in the Heat

What wines are people drinking in Las Vegas? I turn to Head Sommelier of Michael Mina Bellagio, Cole Sisson, who stopped by my Wine Without Worry podcast to inform me of what’s hot in the world of fermented grapes. Some of the questions we tackle: Coming from Seattle, what was it like that first night [...]

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The Versatility of Sherry With Master Sommelier Christopher Tanghe

Ever say something dumb in front of a Master Sommelier and have the good fortune to do so during an interview you are recording? Funny you should ask, as that happened to me. You see, I was speaking with Christopher Tanghe, who is not only a Master Sommelier but also the Wine and Service Director [...]

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Bellwether Wine Cellars: The Fascinating Finger Lakes

Let’s get to know the Finger Lakes, and the wines of this New York region! Since I was fascinated by sample bottles from Bellwether Wine Cellars I got to test-drive with Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly, I contacted the winemaker, Kris Matthewson, to ask him to be on my Wine Without Worry podcast. And he agreed [...]

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All Your Summer Sippers With Elaine Chukan Brown

It’s not enough to just sample wines via Skype with Elaine Chukan Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, so I asked her to be a guest on my Wine Without Worry podcast while we talked and tasted. And this show’s topic is summer wines. As we did before, Elaine sent me some bottles from California, [...]

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Finding Your Flavor: A Zippy Talk With Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly

What are a couple great wines to enjoy while sitting at a picnic table in the late afternoon sun? I have a couple picks for you. But first, where am I? I’m relaxing outside in the backyard of a Seattle neighborhood home, getting ready to record an episode of my Wine Without Worry podcast with [...]

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Gruner Veltliner and Beyond: Diving into Austrian Wine

Confession time. I’ve probably been saying “Gruner Veltliner” wrong or with a tragic American affectation for years. So what?!? I know how to drink it. But this signature (white) wine grape of Austria is much more complex than my simplistic pronunciation of it. It can be light and racy, perfect poured liberally from a one-liter [...]

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Getting to Know California Chardonnay With Its First Family: Wente Vineyards

The Wine Without Worry podcast is back! And I’m excited to announce the show’s sponsor, Wente Vineyards. As a way to welcome them to the program, I welcome Carolyn Wente as a guest. She’s not only the CEO but also a fourth generation winegrower. And since The Wentes are known as California’s First Family of [...]

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William Allen of Two Shepherds: The Surprising Life of a Winemaker

You ever wonder what it takes to become a winemaker? And then decide to go pro? I had a chance to chat with William Allen, who is the Owner/Winemaker/Chief Barrel-washer, etc of Two Shepherds in California. I got to know William originally through the world of blogging and have had the chance to hang out [...]

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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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How Much Should Wine Matter in a Restaurant Review?

Of course when I go to a restaurant I’m hyper-tuned to pluses and minuses of the wine list. But how much weight should wine carry in the total assessment of a restaurant? What can we learn about the restaurant as a whole based on its beverage service? I am fortunate to have met Hanna Raskin, [...]

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