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Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Road Trip, Part Deux

I’m especially happy that I had the wherewithal to stop at Refugio State Beach and take some footage and photos just days before the horrific and inexcusable oil spill.

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Winemakers Seminar

Yes, growing grape is similar to actual farming, but he noted that while regular crops required water in order to live and thrive, grapevines only required water to not die.

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Road Trip

When I stopped for gas at Barstow, I opened up the glove box to see if there was a manual in there. Well there was. Unfortunately, it was on a CD, still nicely shrink-wrapped. What use was that?!?

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Cork Revisited – For Your Wine and for Your Head

After all, cork isn’t trying to function like screwcaps or synthetics, but the verso is most definitely true.

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The Nevada Senate, Winery Law & Me – I Have No Juice

New tax laws are being escorted through the legislature like a hot date on prom night, and this bill which has the potential of bringing so much business – and its resulting revenue flow – into the state is looked upon as “minor.”

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Nevada Winery Law: From Whoopee to WTF in 3.5 Seconds

So how did I go from ecstasy to dismay faster than a funny car at the Winternationals?

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From Chilean Petit Sirah to French Whisky – An Afternoon Tasting with Palm Bay

The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don’t hate me because I’m Prüm.

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IPNC Seminar at Soter Vineyards
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Rex Pickett’s Vertical – Part Two of the Trilogy

If you love a well-crafted, beautifully-plotted book, you will enjoy Vertical. As with all of Rex’s books, you’ll have to bring your brain to the table. And a dictionary wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Changing of the Guard – Hug Cellars

It’s an end of one era, but the beginning of something just as great.

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Visiting Southern Nevada Wine Country

This past Sunday I spent several hours touring and tasting at half the wineries in Nevada. Both of them.

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Tasting Room at Pahrump Valley Winery
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The Accidental Activist – Continued

I really shouldn’t call it a silly law because it was there for a reason. While there are several, it can be summed up in one quote: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

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Grant Sawyer Legislative Room
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The Accidental Activist – Nevada Wine and Me

My eyes rolled back into my head so many times that I had eye pain by the end of the hearing.

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Grape Expectations, Henderson, NV
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Great Grapes at Grape Expectations! Nevada Wine “Laws”

As noted, the incredibly archaic and stupid laws that are on the books guarantee that it’s almost impossible to start a winery in this state.

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Paso’s 11 – New Series

This series will be a description of each AVA, its climate and geology, the grape varieties grown, and, of course, the wineries and wines that it produces.

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Churchill Vineyards Northern Nevada
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Yeah, But Does Nevada Really Need a Wine Industry?

I mean really? Does Nevada need a wine industry? After all, money isn’t everything.

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Nevada’s Wineries vs Brothels Dilemma, Cont’d.

If your county has a population of 700,000, you can have whorehouses but you can’t have wineries. Stupid.

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Today is National Drink Wine Day! Uhh… Isn’t Every Day?

As well as saving humans from the dangers of water (something that fish, turtles, frogs, bacteria, paramecia, newts, and alligators mate and crap in every day), wine has been an icon of the most civilized countries for millennia. Vegas Wineaux

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To Cork or Not to Cork

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Winemakers Seminar

Yes, growing grape is similar to actual farming, but he noted that while regular crops required water in order to live and thrive, grapevines only required water to not die.

READ MORE →
PalmBay - 10
BlogFeaturedLas VegasNevadaReviewsWines

From Chilean Petit Sirah to French Whisky – An Afternoon Tasting with Palm Bay

The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don’t hate me because I’m Prüm.

READ MORE →
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Hug Cellars Pinot & Syrah with Friends

No additives and no laboratory gymnastics to get the wines to fit a certain “profile,” just fermented grapes in a bottle. What more could you ask for.

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IPNC Seminar at Soter Vineyards
BlogBooksFeaturedReviews

Rex Pickett’s Vertical – Part Two of the Trilogy

If you love a well-crafted, beautifully-plotted book, you will enjoy Vertical. As with all of Rex’s books, you’ll have to bring your brain to the table. And a dictionary wouldn’t hurt, either.

READ MORE →

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