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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true wine geek when I was informed of a trade show in Tampa my first thought was "I'm making reservations at Bern's." I have friends who live in Tampa about 3 min from the restaurant so we hooked up for a fun three top. Rachel came recommended as a Somm so I requested her in advance.... Read More

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  • With springtime upon us, wine enthusiasts around the world are looking to squeeze a French vineyard into their European holiday. “Is it possible to catch the spirit of Bordeaux in a couple of days?” With careful planning the answer’s “yes”.   I accompanied twelve CEO’s on a corporate two day ‘jolly’, sorry ‘educational visit’ to the vineyards of... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux or Bust!


  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • I mentioned this a while ago, but didn't get around to the post.  We stayed from September to end of December at a condominium in a complex built in the '70s. They've renovated and rebuilt since then (there were several major lawsuits for construction defects--built on fill!), but the architecture and the vibe is still very of that period. Our u... Read More

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  • OK, this is a topic that hasn't come up recently but has many times in the past. How to store wine in the house? Whether to refrigerate?  How to choose passive or refrigerated wine cellars? What kind of wine fridges are best?  Etc., etc.I was doing some real estate shopping in the Ventura/Santa Barbara counties area and ran across a higher-end h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How not to store wine


  • About the only thing as sweet as ice wine for Canadian Olympic figure skater Patrick Chan is the athlete's silver medal from this past year's Sochi Games.  The figure skating star has now glided into the winemaking business, where he now has an ice wine to his name, according to Toronto-based newspaper The Star. The 24-year-old Canadian champion... Read More

    From the article Ice Wine Natural Fit for Figure Skating Silver-Medalist


  • Insert your own size joke here. This past month magazine Hour Detroit published a story about the small network of wine shops in the Detroit area who carry bottles of wine bigger than the standard 750 milliliter containers. The novelty, many of the shop owners said, maintains a certain staying power. “There's just something about a ginormous bot... Read More

    From the article Bigger Is Better: Detroit Magazine Talks With Wineries About Beefy Bottles


  • So what’s not to like? 2010 Barolo is in the hype machine right now and as much as i would like to say that they hype machine is in overdrive, which it perennially is, this is one time where much might be warranted. that’s not to say that 2010 is a universally fabulous vintage. It simply is not with more than a handful of wines showing under-rip... Read More

    From the article 2010 Barolo


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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