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Tasting Room Etiquette, Part 3—The Tasting Room Table Has Turned

In my first two installments on tasting room etiquette, One and Two, I wrote about customer do’s and don’ts. Well, etiquette goes both ways. This post is for tasting room hosts, although anyone can benefit. Take Your Stinkin’ Paws Off … Continue reading

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The Hawk that Led Me to the Crow

There are times in one’s life when wine tasting just has to wait. Take today, for example. I was on my way out the door to attend a wine-tasting event when the phone rang. I let the machine answer to … Continue reading

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Tasting Room Etiquette, Part 2

I’ve seen some pretty interesting things during my time behind the tasting bar. A few years back, I published a column on tasting room etiquette. Here’s an update based on some of my more recent experiences, and a rehash of … Continue reading

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“Wine and Food Pairings, No Way!”—The Lady Doth Protest Too Much

What would you say if I told you that the concept of pairing wine with food is a farce? It doesn’t exist. It’s just a hoax, a ploy, a marketing scheme designed by the wine industry to suck the wallets … Continue reading

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Lipstick on His Collar? That’s Nothing—Try Lipstick on Her Wine Glass

I wrote an article a few years back on tasting room etiquette. One of the points I did not discuss was wearing lipstick. Well, I’ve been working in the wine business for seven years now, and after last weekend—and at … Continue reading

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Did Someone Say “Sea Scallop”? – Winter Fiesta Food and Wine Pairing with Bokisch Vineyards

Say the word “scallop” and my ears perk up and my nose gets to sniff’n. Seared sea scallops drew me to the Bokisch Vineyards Winter Fiesta Single-Barrel Wine Release party at the Cellardoor in downtown Lodi, held January 27. I’ve … Continue reading

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Roxy’s Pick – A Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot that Rivals the Celebrated Wines of France’s Vosne-Romanée Region

Rich, round, soft, seductive, heavenly, sophisticated, elegant, beautiful, even yummy. These are just some adjectives I use to describe the 2009 Branciforte Creek Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. A Pinot that is drinkable now, but one that I … Continue reading

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