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What’s the best process for tasting wine?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

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The Novel “New York 2140” and Wine

I’m in the middle of reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, which I bought at the excellent bookstore, WORD, in my neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The plot? As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York [More]

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Put Meaning in Wine Tasting Notes

Ever read wine tasting notes? Berry this, whiffs of that, shrimp shell reduction. (Shrimp shell reduction? Seriously.) Sometimes it gets pretty mind-numbing. How can we make them more relevant, useful, and actually pleasant to read? Wine Writer Talia Baiocchi tackles this topic on Eater. It’s a great article to read from start to finish, but [More]

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