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Scandal (the show), Olivia, and Me

Someone told me that the main protagonist and central character of the ABC series Scandal reminded her of me. “You have to watch it,” she said. “She’s almost exactly like you, except younger, prettier, and really talented.”

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The Anomaly of Donati Family Vineyard

Donati Family Vineyard is an anomaly in Paso Robles. “Why is it,” I wondered, “that the Donati Winery isn’t on the Paso Wine page?” The answer, as it turns out, was a little more complicated than what I’d originally thought. I figured that they hadn’t paid some fee or that they’d insulted some mucky-muck somewhere and were banned from the site. Maybe Paso Wines confused them with Donatoni Winery and never fixed it. As it turns out, none of those products of my rather overzealous imagination is true. The Donati winery is located on Oak View Road, just down a …

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An Evening at Jaleo

So what do you do when you’ve had the opportunity to visit one of the best restaurants in Vegas and do a review, but you’re with your main squeeze?

You punt.

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The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

It doesn’t seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that’s dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.

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Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Largest Winery-ish

The largest winery in Paso Robles isn’t one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It’s not even a winery, at least not technically.

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Steven Spurrier – Interview and Winery Tour

He single-handedly – along with the finest palates in France – brought California wine to the world’s consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy moment for the finest palates in France.

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I’ll See You In My Dreams – The Movie, Wine, Sam Elliott and Sex

Carol and her friends lived a golf course community lifestyle, and I already knew there’d be no Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay anywhere.

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2005 Hunt Cellars “Moonlight Sonata” Chardonnay – Reprise

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Just how many times am I going to review this wine?!?

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Cypher Winery

When I slunk into work the next morning with two unyielding, risqué tattoos in full view, my coworkers at The Day Job™ asked, “Just exactly what were you doing in (insert air quotes here) Wine Country?!?”

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Just What *Is* Wine Country?

Which means that you will be forced to visit their wine countries in order to buy many of the wines. I’m good with that.

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Golan Heights Winery
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Cork Revisited – Wine Passions: A Cork Comeback

It bodes well for the resurgence of cork, particularly in light of serious environmental and climate concerns.

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