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A Perfect–Imperfect Balancing Act at The Cellar Table Which one of these is not like the others? Good wineSophisticated foodStimulating conversationYoung children I love my kids. More than anything. But, I also love entertaining. And, sometimes the former makes the…

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Passion, Tradition, Family, and Barolo The consummate host, Giuseppe Vaira I’m thinking back almost ten years ago, at a time when I was working two jobs to support a young family, as well as writing freelance about food and wine…

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German Grosses Gewächs (GG) Riesling – Power, Purity and Presence Riesling Grapes Few grapes can match the versatility of Riesling – thus it is often dubbed “King of Grapes” and “World’s Greatest Grape”. My own journey into wine began with…

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A Fonte Canale Vertical with Cristiana Tiberio When I think back on my journey to understanding the regional wines and foods of Italy, it was the region of Abruzzo that piqued my interest the most. While I had always placed…

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Touring Vineyards, Talking Terroir & Tasting Vintages with WA’s Top Producers For me, it started over ten years ago: a fascination with a region that I had paid very little attention to previously. I still remember the day clearly, walking…

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Most of my readers don’t know that I have something of a secret passion. Not a secret because I’m embarrassed of it, but because most other wine drinkers ignore. That secret passion is for Merlot.

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Find out how I went from possessing only textbook knowledge of Spanish wine, with possibly a mixed case in my own cellar, to now being completely enamored with the country, its people, its food, and of course–its wine.

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Looking back over the last 14 years of collecting and tasting Barolo, there has been no other vintage which has provided me more intellectual stimulation, anticipation and sheer pleasure as 1989.

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The wines of Nuits-Saint-Georges are often misunderstood, underrated and truly excellent examples of red and white Burgundy. Find out Why.

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It starting in 1979, when Becky Wasserman, the renowned importer, bought two bottles of the 1975 Eyrie South Block Reserve and entered them into the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad.

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Reports on the 2015 vintage of Barolo have sent mixed messages to consumers. I’m hoping to shed some light on this vintage that’s hard not to like.

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It all started with a new book, written by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay , a real page-turner I must add, The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste. However, what captivated me most was the very final chapter on Spain. I’ve read…

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Terms such as “once in a lifetime”, “Unicorn Wines”, and “iconic”, are thrown around too loosely in my business these days. There are certain wines in this world befitting these terms, but our perceptions change over time, and the deeper…

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In my time of loving and collecting Barolo, I’ve been fortunate enough to have made close personal connections with some very special friends who share my passion. There have been many tasting groups and personalities over that time, and through…

For the longest time, you could say that I had a love-hate relationship with the Southern Rhone. Love, in that I wanted to love it. I tried very hard to. I would avidly delve into articles from The Wine Advocate…

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What does it take for a producer of Barolo to decide that it’s more important to create one great wine to please the majority of collectors, at an excellent price, versus creating six single-vineyard Cru Barolo that they could charge…

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It’s crazy to think that 2018 is coming to a close. When I sat down last year to review 2017, I remember thinking that it was a rollercoaster of a year that would be impossible to beat. However, here I…

The season is upon us, and it’s time to think about giving back to the ones we love, the people we keep close, and those who add a little happiness to our lives. I for one try to always get…

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Vega Sicilia, Pingus, and Pesquera: These are the names and style that we associate with the Ribera del Duero. In fact, it would be difficult for the average wine lover to think of anything else. Vega Sicilia alone defined what…

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There’s a new stir of life and change taking hold in Montalcino. For some time, we watched this region struggle, first with Brunello-gate in 2008, which nearly ruined their reputation when it was discovered than many of the region’s top…

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