Category Archives: Central Coast

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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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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Bridlewood Revisited

What’s the difference between a fifteen dollar chardonnay and a twenty dollar chardonnay? Five bucks. Thomas Riley Marshall (D), Indiana governor, 1908 -1913 and 28th Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson, is not remembered for his controversial … Continue reading

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Brown-Nosing in Paso Robles: Red Zeppelin Winery

Of my forty-three thousand Facebook friends, I know approximately four of them personally—the rest I solicited over the years so that I could make smarmy rejoinders to their heartfelt postings in the firm belief that I would become the Oscar … Continue reading

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Vintage 2008: Donati Delivers A Digest of Doozies

It has been said (by Italians mostly) that there are only two kinds of people in the world: Italians and people who wish they were Italian. Whether or not you accept this, the fact is, in terms of cool, Italians … Continue reading

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Nary a Jekel to heckle in Arroyo Seco

Like the irrepressible Terrytoons magpie that shares a name with Salinas Valley wine pioneer Bill Jekel, the Arroyo Seco AVA is one odd bird.  Perched  inside a larger appellation, Monterey County (which in turn is a subzone of the sprawling … Continue reading

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Sup a Cup of Cupcake; Leave the Lemon Chiffon for Grandma

In my best Seinfeld voice:  What’s the deal with all these cupcakes, anyway? Fake Jerry is right.  Prior to the last few months, the only space cupcakes ever occupied in my brain was when I woke up in a panic … Continue reading

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