Category Archives: CALIFORNIA

Relax, Wine Business: Kathie Lee Has Arrived

The global wine industry—beleaguered by the recent recession, fickle vintages, lazy retailers, semi-literate historiographers and the idiotic 100-point scoring scale—may be likened to the Frankish army at Anatolia, Wellington’s forces at Waterloo, the 2nd Ox at Pegasus Bridge or Gandalf … Continue reading

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You’re A Good Manic, Stillman Brown

As a man of honor, as well as the kind of ‘showman’ wine writer who is willing to go to any length required to keep you, the reader, on the edge of your seats—up to (and including) transgressive acts, coprophagia, … Continue reading

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Thank God Almighty, Frei At Last…

Whenever I go looking for success in some sundry endeavor, be it stringing Christmas lights from the maple tree out front, penning the next Hollywood blockbuster or cheating my way through a surprise drug test, I follow a tried ‘n’ … Continue reading

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Time To Put The ‘Chris’ Back In Christmas: Buy ‘A Rite Of Paso’ Now…

…And support the cause.  Over the years (deny it if you can, ardent acolytes) I have offered you over a million random, sometimes made-up and often very long, confusing words without seeking so much as a nickel’s worth of remuneration, … Continue reading

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Westbrook Wine Farm: The House That Krause Soused

HoseMaster, meet hose hauler—and if you guys would consider a nude mud-wrestling hose-off to see whose hose heaves the heftiest hurl, have your girl call my girl and we’ll set up Pay Per View. In this corner, HoseMaster Ron Washam, … Continue reading

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Live Fast, Die Young And Leave A Corpse That Looks Exactly Like James Dean

(This piece is an excerpt from ‘A Rite Of Paso: Paso Robles Wine Country’ to be released December, 2013 by Intoxicology Press, LLC.) Within the annals of the eerie, two almost inconceivably bizarre images come to mind: First, the photograph of John … Continue reading

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Paso Robles Wine Country: Bo Barry And The Dark Side Of The Moon

(This piece is an excerpt from ‘A Rite Of Paso: Paso Robles Wine Country’ to be released December 1, 2013 by Intoxicology Press, LLC.) Ol’ Bo Barry wants his city back, and brother, is he determined to get it—and ol’ Bo doesn’t … Continue reading

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Re: Re:Find: A Re:Markable Find

(This piece, as well as the last two columns posted, are excerpts from ‘A Rite Of Paso: Paso Robles Wine Country’ to be released December 1, 2013 by Intoxicology Press, LLC.) If Alex Trebek posed the answer, ‘The smartest guy in … Continue reading

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Brady’s Bunches: Robert Hall Winery

If another 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Paso Robles like the one that collapsed the city’s landmark clock tower in 2003—and it will—you’d be challenged to find yourself in a better situation than touring the 19,000 square foot cavern under Robert … Continue reading

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This Nutcracker’s Sweet: Jutta Thoerner, Manzanita Manor Organics

I wound up writing about Paso Robles wine country instead of any other wine country partly because when I mentioned it to a friend, he asked, “Is that in Texas?” Not only that, but I seriously didn’t even know how … Continue reading

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