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Copia Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 Wine Tasting

The American Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts, a.k.a. Copia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday while negotiating a $2 Million dollar emergency investment from an unnamed source to continue pay of employee salaries. The center closed its doors Friday, Nov. 21, and its web site noted at the time that “COPIA is temporarily [...]

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Book Review - A Year Of Wine

Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2008 Wine Tasting

If you’re a wine lover, you need to read this book.  Tyler Coleman, of DrVino.com, will draw you into his newest book A Year Of Wine within the first few paragraphs.  The introduction outlines the thesis for the chapters to come, highlighting the idea that far more important than terroir, wine context (where, when and [...]

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Winexpression hacked!

Date: Tue, Nov 4, 2008 Wine Tasting

Thanks to a security hole in an older version of wordpress, and a hosting company that is slow to provide approved updates, a malicious script installed harmful links in a hidden part of this website. I was able to completely delete all of the malware, and upgrade the site. Just goes to show how important [...]

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Resveratrol To Battle Multiple Sclerosis?

Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 Wine Tasting

That polyphenol that keeps on giving, resveratrol is now being studied as an aid in the fight against MS. Mice with the MS-like condition called Wallerian degeneration slow (WldS) showed an initial weight gain when given resveratrol, researchers at the University of Utah reported Thursday at the World Congress on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, [...]

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Poll: What Do You Do With A Corked Wine?

Date: Wed, Sep 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

The work week ends, you dig down into your wine collection and pull out a special bottle you’ve been waiting to open. You peel off the foil and breath a sigh of relief when you see that the cork hasn’t been compromised. The first glass is poured, swirled, and …. wait a second. Something isn’t [...]

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2007 Chateau St. Michelle Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Sun, Sep 7, 2008 Wine Tasting

Lately I find myself being a bit more resourceful: driving at lower speeds with cruise control, making my own chicken stock, riding my bike to work, and looking for deals at the grocery store  (among other things). This attitude has permeated my wine purchasing habits, and every now and again I come upon a really [...]

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Wine Spectator Gets Had - Gives Fake Restaurant Award

Date: Mon, Aug 25, 2008 Wine Tasting

In what may be one of the best publicity stunts in the wine industry this year, Robin Goldstein, Author of The Wine Trials ( Amazon.com) recently pulled a fast one on the editors of Wine Spectator magazine. Goldstein created a fake wine list that included wines the magazine has given horrible reviews to in past [...]

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Review - Cameron Hughes - Hughes-Wellman & Lot Series - 52,66,68,71,73,79,91

Date: Fri, Aug 22, 2008 Wine Tasting

The following are my tasting notes on the latest wines from Cameron Hughes.  You can read more about Cameron and my past reviews here. 2006 Rockridge Chardonnay, $<10 - Magnum Score: 82pts - Notes: Not a bad value - hints of melon, pear, and pineapple, beats 2 buck chuck anyday! Full disclosure: The wines rated below were all [...]

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Move over Parker, Laube, and Robinson, e-tongue is in the hiz-ouse

Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

As reported today in decanter. the Barcelona institute of Microelectronics is currently developing the e-tongue, a device that is sensitive to sour, salty, sweet, acidic and savory flavors, and can even discern the varietal and vintage of a wine. Using tiny synthetic membranes, each sensitive to different chemical components in a wine, the e-tongue can already [...]


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Chateau Montelena Sold to Bordeaux Estate - Chateau Cos d’Estournel

Date: Wed, Jul 23, 2008 Wine Tasting

Revered Bordeaux Second growth estate Chateau Cos d’Estournel has decided to make an investment in the American Wine Industry, with it’s purchase of Chateau Montelena, the 40,000 case winery that helped put California wine on the international scene in the 1976 “Judgment of Paris”. The price: A cool $120 - $150 million still unconfirmed. This [...]

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Review: Matusalem Rum 15 Year Reserve

Date: Fri, Jul 18, 2008 Wine Tasting

Tasting a distilled spirit is a bit different than tasting wine, although the basic premise is the same. Since the alcohol levels are much higher, at 40% versus your standard wine around 14%, the first thing you smell is the ethanol. That being the case, a taster must adjust their method in order to identify [...]

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Poll: What do you think of Honig’s latest marketing campaign?

Date: Wed, Jul 16, 2008 Wine Tasting

Some of you who have tasted at Honig Vineyard’s in Napa Valley,  may have recently received a postcard from the winery. I’ve scanned one, and posted it here, because I wonder if this campaign will help or damage the brand image of this winery. The back of the postcard directs you to Honig’s latest video [...]

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Top Ten Reminders For Your Next Wine Tasting Trip

Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

No, it isn’t rocket science, as my wife conveniently pointed out to me one morning as I rambled off the reminders below. However, these are good points to keep in mind before you spend a day in wine country. Wear dark clothing - Splatters happen and this will keep you from looking like a lush. Wear [...]

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Appreciation From The Robert Mondavi Family

Date: Thu, May 22, 2008 Wine Tasting

I was surprised to find this note in my inbox today from the Mondavi Family, so I thought I’d share. To all of our friends, The Robert Mondavi family is extremely appreciative of the many kind expressions of compassion and personal reflections that have appeared since Robert’s death. From the beginning, his vision, commitment to excellence [...]

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