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Taxes and Wine: 8 Recommended Bottles

Taxes and wine? Probably not like peanut butter and jelly as far as things that go together harmoniously. (Disclaimer: I am not an accountant but I do feel it safe to advise you to postpone wine drinking until completing your tax forms.) But hold on a second. Taxes and Wine While dreaming up ideas for the April issue [More]

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The Story of How I Got Into Wine Revealed on Happy Hour Radio

People always ask me, “How did you get into wine?” Well, actually, they don’t that much. But Christopher Chan did. He’s a sommelier who has ventured into the world of broadcast radio and invited me to be on his show, Happy Hour Radio. One of the tales I tell is buying lots of Meridian Chardonnay, [More]

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Are There Questions About Wine You’re Afraid to Ask?

In the spirit of bringing you Wine Without Worry, over on I have answered all the questions rolling around in your head you might be reticent to voice in mixed company. Speak up, I implore you! The queries below originate from enthusiastic, curious wine drinkers looking to learn the basics and beyond. And please [More]

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Describing Taste: Inviting Versus Projecting

I’ve been ruminating on taste and preference, specifically regarding a column in the Wine Spectator labeling “tart” and “green” as negative attributes in a wine. You can read my take on “Dim Somms” over at Grape Collective. Maybe instead of such a dichotomous debate about how things “should” taste (balanced/unbalanced, over-ripe/under-ripe) we can all take [More]

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Resolve for a New Year

Are you a New Year’s Resolutions type of person? I’m not. Normally New Year’s Eve is a time for me to become extra anxious about the year past. (Or passing, rather.) I like to go back and think about what happened over the year. The Good. The Bad. The Regretful. And then I replay the [More]

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2012: Full of Tote Bags, Oregon, and Skittles

I’m feeling guilty that I didn’t hand-select my 5 favorite blog missives for this post. (“Then why didn’t you do it? Lazy blogger! Boo!”) But I like the idea of letting the numbers decide my Top 5 Posts for 2012. It was surprising and very curious to see what resonated the most. But next year [More]

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Win “My Book Club Only Reads Wine Labels” Tote!

I came across this “My Book Club Only Reads Wine Labels” tote on the internets thanks to my friend Sarah. I decided to post about it, and it turned into one of my most popular posts. So on a lark, I decided to contact the creator of this funny-because-it’s-true catch phrase, Sally Beerworth. I wanted [More]

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Wines I Tasted Yesterday

Busy day yesterday; visited by both Palm Bay and The Sorting Table. Palm Bay: 2009 El Portillo Sauvignon Blanc: I still prefer Sauv Blanc from Chile, but this is cheap and cheerful enough. 2008 Santa Rita “Medalla Real” Chardonnay: Would please the California Chard crowd, but not sweet or flabby. 2009 El Portillo Malbec: Sometimes [More]

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