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Wine Reviews

Tis the Season for Champagne — My Summer Find for Your Winter Cheer

The summer of 2016 was a game-changer for me when it came to the bubbly. That was the season I took a class on champagne and sparkling wine (A big “thanks” to my instructor Sue Slater—chair of the Culinary Arts … Continue reading

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A Nearly Extinct Grape Makes a Bold Comeback

Given my Greek heritage, and also the fact that it was Orthodox Greek Easter (on May 1), I figured that this was as good an occasion as any to open a Greek wine. In case you are wondering if cats have … Continue reading

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A Regal Rosé Fit for Any Occasion

If you think December is too cold for drinking Rosé, think again. Dry Rosés go with any season and with any meal. It’s the perfect wine for pairing with goat cheese, salmon, baked ham, cranberry sauce, yams, deli meats, Asian food, sweet … Continue reading

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Who Wouldn’t Like Dried Grass

Forgive me followers but it has been five months since my last post. Much has happened during this time. Most important was the passing of Roxy, my kitty girlfriend and companion of 21 years. Roxy passed away during the Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Bald Mountain Vineyard: The Ultimate Sandbox

High atop the Santa Cruz Mountains there’s a vineyard that thrives in nothing but near-100-percent sandy soil. That vineyard is Bald Mountain, and is owned and farmed by Jim Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards. Located a few miles from the winery’s … Continue reading

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1940’s Hollywood Glamour Captured in a Classy Chilean Wine

Sometimes the traditional tags used to describe wine—tar, damp earth, lavender, blackberry and white pepper for reds; peach, passion fruit, lemongrass and wet stones for whites—just won’t do. Sometimes a good old analogy is needed to get the mind, and … Continue reading

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August Briggs 2005 Napa Valley Syrah—A Wine Worth Waiting For

I bought this wine seven years ago and opened it last month for Open That Bottle Day Night. I feared that I may have kept it too long. Where’s the fruit, I mused? A heady aroma with a whiff of … Continue reading

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