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A Must Muscadet

‘What can you say ‘bout Muscadet that’s not about lemons and briny spray?’ Like me, you probably have an image of Muscadet that begins on a scale of steely simplicity and works down to utter vinous neutrality. The region, on … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Carignans

Jon Bonné is so enamored with the letter ‘e’ that he borrows a deformed one from a different language just in case we assume the one in his last name is silent. So, it’s no surprise that he spells ‘Carignan’ … Continue reading

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Elie and Chris, Halloween, 2016: ‘Black Tongue Tastes’

Horticulture is a word that most of you winefolk know and love; it’s the branch of agriculture that deals with growing, improving, marketing and using produce–and grapes, of course, are produce. Horrorculture is, perhaps, less familiar to you, probably because … Continue reading

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Oenophiliacs Beware: Lettie is Upsettie

If there is a wine title more obnoxious than ‘critic for the {terminally dull} Wall Street Journal, I can’t think of it.  Maybe being the Minister of Stemware for the Sultanate of Siak Sri Indrapura or an Environmental Commercial Flooring … Continue reading

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Intoxicology Report Endorses Candidate Clinton

In an unprecedented move, the normally apolitical, unreadable and non-committal Intoxicology Report  makes its first ever Presidential endorsement. “Let’s return the Oval Office to rich white lawyers and forget all this idealism bullshit.”

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Can You Naima Red Wine Grape from Campania?

How about Aglianico? If, like me, you associate this grape with Greece, then like me, you probably know less about Campania than you think you do. On the other hand, if you can point to Campania on a map, you … Continue reading

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Yo Ho Ho, Diplomático

Ever have one of those nifty, treasure-trove moments where you find a cache of cash in some random article of clothing? And isn’t the moment all the more delicious when the discovery happens inside one of your own pockets, not … Continue reading

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Leaving Las Lodi: Final Chapter

I must say, last week in Lodi I finally discovered the secret of a successful, personally-gratifying book signing, where dozens of friendly faces were delighted to have me scrawl my illegible signature and indecipherable dedication in the frontspiece of ‘Starstruck … Continue reading

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Red, Interrupted…

…Or, as my buddy Elie says, Tintus Interruptus, which may be a direct translation into one of the several languages he speaks, possibly Latin, but probably not. The term was coined as we tried to describe a wine at a … Continue reading

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Michigan by the Storefront: MBTB Does it Again

Two things I’ll say about Cortney Casey that will defy challenge by any rational mortal:  First, she has a smile of such ebullient candor that it lights up an already well-lit tasting room, and second, she knows how to pour … Continue reading

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