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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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UNR Vineyards
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(Good) Nevada Wines from Nevada Grapes. Yeah. Really.

For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity – they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes – and there wasn’t much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

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Glass of Barolo - Wikipedia
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2004 Barolo from Trader Joe’s – the Verdict

Instead of pairing with the dish, I felt that it was coyly teasing it.

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Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
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Tasting Notes: My Wine and My Muse

This would be fabulous with a weekend late evening summer dinner of salads, light meats, and other summer fare. It also pairs well with writing, because it’s what I’m drinking now as I sit at the keyboard.

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Driving Along Vineyards
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Sideways: A Decade Late. So Sue Me.

Yeah, yeah. I know I’m late to the party in getting on the Sideways bandwagon, but I don’t care.

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So What is a Bibliophilic Oenophile To Do?

“Reading” the books by audio has been very satisfying and listening to Sideways is not my first rodeo.

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Barrels in the Eberle Cellar
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Vintage Paso – the New Zin Fest Weekend

However, they finally relented and sold me a bottle of their library Syrah because apparently my crying, wailing, and gnashing of teeth was disturbing the other guests.

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Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend Zinposium!

While once the wines were big, jammy, fruit-forward, and alcoholic, they now have added layers of complexity and maturity which was almost unheard of a decade ago.

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The good talk that is inseparable from a wine dinner is even more important than the wines that are being served. Never bring up your better bottles if you are entertaining a man who cannot talk. Keep your treasures for a night when those few who are nearest to your heart can gather round your table, free from care, with latchkeys in their pockets and no last train to catch.
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Lesson on how wine is made
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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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Hidden Oak Vineyard, Spring 2008
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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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Jan van Bijlert - Young Man Drinking a Glass of Wine
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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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The Staycation

Sorry my fellow Americans, but with few exceptions (New York City, Hollywood, Miami, Chicago, for instance) we’ve pretty much got iconic sexy down.

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To Cork or Not to Cork

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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 →
2009 Gap's Crown Chardonnay
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Tasting Notes: 2009 Gap’s Crown Chardonnay

I’m just not really a Chardonnay kind of gal. However, a good wine is a good wine and this is a good wine! Plus, it’s spring! Plus (insert any relevant excuse here to have an expensive wine on a weeknight)!

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UNR Vineyards
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(Good) Nevada Wines from Nevada Grapes. Yeah. Really.

For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity – they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes – and there wasn’t much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

READ MORE →
Glass of Barolo - Wikipedia
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2004 Barolo from Trader Joe’s – the Verdict

Instead of pairing with the dish, I felt that it was coyly teasing it.

READ MORE →

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