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The Wine Garden

One of the descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon is “thyme,” and fresh thyme helps to emphasize this characteristic. And that means that even an inexpensive Cab – one that still has a decent pedigree, that is – can be something special.

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The Day Job – Argh

Ah. The day job. That job that does silly things like put a roof over your head, food on the table, keeps the taxman and utilities folks happy, blah blah blah. It’s also the one that sucks all the time and energy out of your life. My day job does all of the above. And more!

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From the Archives – I Love Cat Pee in My Wine…

And the fact that I like – even *expect* – the aroma of cat pee in my Sauvignon Blanc in no way indicates that I have a fetish for sniffing cat boxes. Otherwise, I’d probably actually own a cat.

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Updates, Memories, and New Years

The Wineaux Guy and I got to visit Paso Robles several times during the year, and those times were very relaxing for both of us. We didn’t always get to visit friends while we were there, but love the town and it’s a perfect getaway weekend for us. Paso Robles has that old-fashioned small town feel that is balm to a stressed out soul.

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Spotlight on John Curtas

This was the interview I did in 2008 with John Curtas, our own intrepid restaurant critic who has gone on to bigger and better things, including Iron Chef America judge, author, and separated-at-birth celebrity!

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Robert Parker, Wine, and Menopause

So why is it that the overwhelming majority of official wine tasters and critics are men? It’s not because they’re better at the sniffing or tasting. It’s because they have better memories. And because they don’t go through menopause.

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WE + WS + Paso Robles = Hunh?

Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator are arguably the burly boys of the wine magazine world. They and their tasters can make or break the reputation of a winery (deserved or not…but that’s a debate that will never be resolved) by the flick of a pen.

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Late Catching Up, So Sue Me. No, Don’t. Just Kidding!

The fifth annual HenderZIN was held, as usual, at the parking lot at Khoury’s at 9915 S. Eastern in Henderson. OF COURSE I had to be there! Of course I had to take pictures! Of course!

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Food, the French, and Cabernet. Now I Get It!

The combination of the Cab and the silky lusciousness of the Bordelaise created from the homemade Demi Glace was a terrific success. More than a terrific success, but words fail me. Hard to believe, huh?

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“Deerly” Loved Wine! Hug Pinot Noir

I dunno. Something about “Hug” and “Deer” just seemed to fit. But I digress.

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So. Where Ya Been?

I’ve spent the last several weeks creating a video, music, and photo montage in tribute to DeeDee, and that’s been demanding the lion’s share of my “spare” time.

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Lamb and Italian Wine for Dinner…

What was for dessert? A few Bat Nuts, of course.

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