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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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How Fenn is My Valley?

To answer the titular question, pretty Fenn.  I’m sitting inside Fenn Valley Winery in the city of Fennville, speaking to the most prolific winemaker in the Fenn Valley appellation. Not only that, but Brian Lesperance—said winemaker—is the grandson-in-law of the … Continue reading

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The ‘Grade-School Play’ Concept of Writing Wine Books

People in Traverse City don’t seem to understand the ‘grade-school play’ concept, at least when it comes to wine books. Take the main branch of the Traverse City Library on Woodmere.  Please. On Wednesday, I made my dutiful, semi-annual trip … Continue reading

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Larzac: The New Kid on the ‘Doc

A few years ago, on my one-and-only trip  to Australia, I remember being blown away by an array of fruits I never before knew existed.  Custard apple, black sapote, jaboticaba, sapodilla—but a handful of an array of distinct, unique sensations, … Continue reading

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The Jinx Fragment, Chapter 3

An excerpt from Chapter 3 of ‘The Jinx Fragment’ Follow the link at the end if you want more… Chapter 3:  The Jinx Fragment Carmilla struggled past the screen door of the drafty old house on Auden, holding it open … Continue reading

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‘The Jinx Fragment’: Chapter 2

…I’m taking a brief sabbatical from Intoxicology Report to write a pair of wine books.  ‘Norton Wine: Walking Off To Look For America’, a book about a genuine native American varietal that can, in its best incarnation, rival vitis vinifera.  … Continue reading

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