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2014 was a perfect vintage in Walla Walla

“2014 was a perfect vintage,” says winemaker Kim Brady of Brady Cellars. “Temperatures were moderate throughout the growing season.   We didn’t experience any 2013 fall freezes, no major winter damage and no major heat spikes this summer. The only problem … Continue reading

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A lovely dinner at home with friends and family

Great dinner last night with my son, his girl friend, and my friends, Chris Nishiwaki and Kent C. Everyone bravely ate my savory pasta recipe with sausage prepared by Chef Nishiwaki. Wine of night was the 2007 Dunn Howell Mountain … Continue reading

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Saturday’s Flirting with Perfection Dinner at Crush

Saturday, 12 of us enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Crush Restaurant. It was a perfect dinner amazing food paired with equally amazing wines crowned by outstanding service.     Bacon & Eggs Parsnip Flan, Smoked Salmon Roe, Bourbon Bliss 2002 … Continue reading

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To decant or not to decant?

Believe it or not, decanting is controversial. Sommeliers discuss it and disagree, sometimes passionately. There is no absolute truth in decanting, as is true with many most vinous matters and, of course, life in general. Basically, it’s a matter of … Continue reading

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An evening of Burgundy with Germany’s famed Ernst Loosen

Two weeks ago, I enjoyed an outstanding tasting of red Burgundy with the legendary Ernst (‘Ernie’) Loosen of Dr. Loosen fame. There were seven of us, all in the wine trade except our host’s congenial wife, Natalie. Our host was … Continue reading

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Long-term storage of wine at home

If you have a basement in your house, and your budget or energy does not allow for a full-on temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar, then you may safely store wine for long periods. The basement must be underground with … Continue reading

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Keep your wine cool in hot weather!

These are times that try our wines. If you don’t have a wine cooler at home or keep your wine at a local wine storage facility like Esquin’s, you risk “cooking” your better wines if it gets too hot -like … Continue reading

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More on the Brunello di Merlocino Scandal

Last Monday, I met with Hans Vinding Diers, winemaker at Argiano, one of the Brunello producers first implicated of adultering their wines. He was in town for a trade tasting with his importer, Vias. Diers, who seemed upfront and sincere, … Continue reading

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An evening with Angelo Gaja

Wednesday evening I had the great pleasure of tasting the great Gaja wines with Angelo Gaja himself and a few close friends. What a treat! He is a living legend but it’s what he has done and continues to do … Continue reading

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When the Wine hits your eye like a fake pizza pie, that’s Nobile…

What on earth…? The reputation of Tuscan wine is unraveling faster than the thread of a Paula Abdul conversation. On top of the crisis in Montalcino, come revelations of adulteration and fraud in neighboring Montepulciano. According to the web site … Continue reading

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