Near Edna Valley
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I’m a New CWAS. One Down…

It’s not unusual to do an overnight road trip to a “Wine Country” and back over the course of a weekend. Yes, it’s so close that even a tourist to Las Vegas could take a couple of days to visit Wine Country. How great is that?

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Siduri
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National Drink Wine Day!

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

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Learning the Art of the Abattoir – An Afternoon at Echo & Rig

I had planned to videotape the entire event only to discover that the SD card wasn’t in the camera. So much for photographic memory. I had no film.

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Hug Cellars 2010 Starr Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
BlogFeaturedReviewsWines

2010 Hug Cellars Cabernet. Boom.

Unfortunately, that means that sometimes I miss on stocking up on wines that once opened, may not be replaceable. Like this one. Oh well.

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Bordeaux17
BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

Wine Heaven – An Evening in Bordeaux

Forty-eight Bordeaux Châteaux brought their newly-released 2011 vintage wines, and was I in heaven or what.

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FOOD NETWORK ALTON BROWN
BlogFeaturedFood NoozRant

Food Network, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Doubling Down on Stupid

Apparently Food Network has enough commas in the paycheck or enough contract lawyers on retainer to make that little annoying trait called self-respect irrelevant.

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Central Coast Scenery
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The New California Wine – A Book Review

What that means is that the past few weeks have seen me immersed neck-deep in California wine. Figuratively speaking, of course.

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Cabernet Grapes, Ridge, Monte Bellow
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Challenging France – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

I was thinking – a dangerous thing for sure – and pondering the now storied results of the Judgment of Paris and the thirty-year anniversary rematch.

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The Russian River Valley
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Pinot School – Siduri in the House!

There was much spitting and dumping which broke my heart. Okay, so I did more dumping since I’m still uncertain about spitting in public. The dribble issue, you see.

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Paso Robles AVA Map
BlogFeaturedWine Country

Paso Robles 11 AVA Petition – A Consumer’s View

I’ve spent some time reading the varying opinions of winemakers, wine growers, bloggers, columnists, ad nauseum, and finally decided to jump into the fray myself.

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Eberle vineyards and canopy
BlogCab CollectiveFeaturedRant

Can Gary Eberle Be the Latter Day Steve Jobs?

Karma’s a bitch. But she’s only a bitch if you give her reason to be. I think Karma’s going to have a great time with these three clowns.

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Cabernet Grapes
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Paso Robles Cab Collective Wine Trail. ish.

I won’t name any names, but I recently spoke with a Master Sommelier whose lip actually curled (!!!) when talking about Paso Robles Cabs. Was that a sneer or what?!?

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