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Anxiety, Blind Tasting, and Wine Education

I am an anxious, hand-wringing individual. It manifests itself in many aspects of my life, including wine. While putting together some (very poor man’s) Ira Glass-esque commentary for the latest episode of the Wine Enthusiast podcast, I was transported back to a few of my anxiety-ridden moments of doubt and second-guessing. Particularly when it comes [More]

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How Did You Get Into Wine?

It’s a question I get asked a lot. And I provide the answer in audio form on…. The Wine Enthusiast Podcast Yes, we’ve launched a podcast. And yours truly is part of the cast of characters. Want to hear my stories about Bartles & Jaymes and Bruce Willis? Duh, right? Here you go: Also on the [More]

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British Columbia Winery Tour: Interviews at Six Okanagan Wineries

What a pleasure to travel to British Columbia and visit wineries up and down the Okanagan Valley. I had my handy audio recorder with me and captured six interviews with six fantastic folks while on a media trip put together by Wines of British Columbia. You may have gotten a taste of my experience there when [More]

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Wine Anxiety, Anti-Juiciness, and Wanton Vintage Disregard

I wouldn’t characterize my friend Amy Pennington as having wine anxiety. First of all, I’m no doctor/sommelier; it’s probably illegal for me to make such a diagnosis. But she certainly is able to articulate questions and concerns that enthusiastic, regular wine drinkers have when they are confronted with miles of shelves crammed with wine. Which [More]

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