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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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2010 Calera Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard

You would have seen the devolution of a quasi-professional tasting into little more than a greedy drink-fest.

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My Wine History – A Bar Story. Part One.

As I used to tell my friends about my working as a barback, it was the hardest work I ever did for minimum wage in my life.

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This was the lineup of wines that I tasted.
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2011 Calera Chardonnay – Mt. Harlan Vineyard

While the visit to Caesar’s was pretty horrific – in fact, I haven’t returned – the one jewel was the glass of Calera Pinot Noir which was presented to me to make up for all of the Wine Fubars they had committed.

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I Must Be Nuts…

While whether I’m actually nuts or not may be a topic of endless debate…

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…To the Ridiculous – $2.98 Pinot Noir Review

One month later, I finally decided to taste it. Had to let it *age,* you know.

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2009 Asuncion Ridge Pinot Noir

Do you think I’m going to say bad things about a well-made example of my favorite varietal? I think not.

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Lovely - if detailed - label, lovely wine.
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2011 Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese

I’ve been fortunate enough to taste a Riesling that was nearly 30 years old, and it was glorious. A deep, rich gold with flavors of honey and octane. Delicious.

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2004 Robert Young Estates Scion-Sonoma vs. Napa

Since my years of spring chickenhood are far behind me, I decided to cap the “aging” time frame at about ten years. Seems reasonable.

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The Words of Wine

Yours truly isn’t completely innocent of wine overspeak, by the way. I vaguely recall – in the pre website-getting-hacked days – describing a Pinotage as “pugilistic.”

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The elit™ and drinks.
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Three Grand in My Hand

After talking with a few folks and greeting old friends, the moment had arrived to taste the vodka. I don’t know how the others felt, but I was very excited!

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Pho and Pinot Noir – My Opinion. As Always.

This is the time of year when the words “hot soup” can cause a smiling physical reaction. Even in Las Vegas it’s very cold (25°F when I left for work this morning), and the vision of curling up with a blanket and a bowl of hot soup is oh so comforting.

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