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A Case For German Riesling

Recently, a friend asked me to discuss German wines with him. He seemed to have a particularly difficult time understanding their labels. I told him the parable of good news and bad news. The good news is that there is a lot of information on a German wine label. “What about the bad news”, he asked. “That there is a lot of information on the label,” I answered.

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Not all Chianti is the same, some are indeed Classico (and others should be)!

I have just returned from my trip to the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany…What struck me most on my trip, was not the beautiful sun-kissed rolling hills covered with vineyards, forests, and ancient hilltop villages. No, as impressive as they were, it was the people, their history, and their culture that struck me most. It was the people and their culture that provide the wines of Chianti Classico with their nerve, their balance, and their approachability.

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Changes in Tuscany (Chianti Classico revamps its denomination)

A few days ago I reported that there were changes a foot in Chianti Classico, well the changes has been officially voted on by the Chianti Classico Consortium after they voted by a wide majority to approve the measures proposed by the board of directors to revamp the denomination

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Chianti Classico Region set to vote on amending their quality levels

  I had the pleasure of dinning with the Director General of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, Giuseppe Liberatore, last night in Castellini in Chianti, Italy for the Conzorzio’s annual Pentecost in Castellina in Chianti at the “Sotto Le Volte”.  We spoke in depth about the region and what the future holds for arguably one [...]

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The Stories Behind Wine Episode 2 – Oslavia – Drinking History

Inspired by the book, “Ribolla Gialla Oslavia: The Invisible Part of a Wine,” we travel to a little village in Italy called Oslavia that has been gaining popularity in the wine world for producing non-traditional, original wines with the Ribolla Gialla grape. The battle ground for both 20th century world wars, this area experienced complete destruction only to have strong independent winemakers return to replant its vineyards and rebuild. With Ribolla Gialla, you can drink Oslavia’s history.

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The Stories Behind Wine Episode 1 – Port

Port

History-Science-Party

We talk to Nick Poleto Director of wine education for Kobrand Imports. Get out your smoking jacket, light up your cigars and kick back to the soothing tales of Port.

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Global #PortDay 2012

This day is an opportunity for not only producers, but wine educators, geeks, blogs, mainstream media, and the general public to put down their Cabernet and Chardonnay and join in a global celebration and education centered around Port.

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Global #ChampagneDay October 28th 2011 – A Thank You

The 2nd annual 2011 installment of #ChampagneDay was off to a roaring start. I received too many email to count from countless individuals, wine educators, businesses and producers on how they could participate. What excited me most about this is that many wanted to host events and organize get-together in their local area, which was exactly what I had envisioned for this day all along, people getting together to celebrate, educate, enjoy, and most of all build relationships. I was fortunate to hosted an event with Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson here in Napa at the Westin Verasa.

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First Day in Bordeaux

I am in Bordeaux and I invite you to join me virtually as I submerse myself in all things Bordeaux over the course of the next week.

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My come to Jesus meeting with Beaujolais

On October 5th 2010 I had a “come to Jesus” meeting with Beaujolais.  I had on many occasions thoroughly enjoyed Cru Beaujolais, but rarely if ever ordered them from a wine list or grabbed them from a wine store shelf. Not because I didn’t like them, I had loved them in the past, but because [...]

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The Stories Behind Wine Episode 2 – Oslavia – Drinking History

Inspired by the book, “Ribolla Gialla Oslavia: The Invisible Part of a Wine,” we travel to a little village in Italy called Oslavia that has been gaining popularity in the wine world for producing non-traditional, original wines with the Ribolla Gialla grape. The battle ground for both 20th century world wars, this area experienced complete destruction only to have strong independent winemakers return to replant its vineyards and rebuild. With Ribolla Gialla, you can drink Oslavia’s history.

The Stories Behind Wine Episode 1 – Port

Port

History-Science-Party

We talk to Nick Poleto Director of wine education for Kobrand Imports. Get out your smoking jacket, light up your cigars and kick back to the soothing tales of Port.

Wine Soiree- An interview with Andrew Lazorchak

ChrisO, from vintuba.com, interviews Andrew Lazorchak from Wine Soiree, the man behind the latest wine aeration innovation. Watch as wine is spilled, decanters hugged, and millionaires made.

Podcast 23-Value from Bordeaux

We are particularly excited about this podcast because we get to discuss a topic that is not usually associated with this region, and that is value. Join us as we taste through 3 wines; a white, rose, and red wine from the broader appellations of Bordeaux. All of the wines we taste are in the sub $15 range and deliver on the promise of good QPR (quality price ratio).

Rhone where you want to – An interview with John Alban

Ever wonder why the annual Hospice du Rhone event is held in Paso Robles California and not the Rhone Valley of France? Well so did we! We asked John Alban, the founder of and chief evangelist of the Hospice du Rhone movement, this very question and many others and got answers that may surprise you. Who would have thought that you would hear Rhone wines mentioned in the same sentence as Baskin Robins, 80′s big hair glam rock, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. What are some of your favorite Rhone style wines?

On the Verge at Hospice du Rhone 2010

ChrisO interviews Jay Kell from Verge Winery at the 2010 Hospice du Rhone Grand Tasting. Find out what this wine has in common with Queen Latifah and Burning Man.

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