Dr. Jim
BlogWine Country

Dr. James Giacobine – An Eberle Icon Passes On

Dr. James Giacobine, half-brother of Gary Eberle and co-founder of the iconic Eberle Winery in Paso Robles, passed away quietly in his sleep in late January at the age of 95.

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Tahoe Ridge Winery Vineyard
BlogFeaturedLas VegasWine Country

Nevada and Wineries and Bordellos, Oh My!

In Nevada, what do whorehouses and wineries have in common?

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Siduri 201503
BlogFeaturedLas VegasWine Country

Siduri Surprise!

Before I even had a chance to tell you about the wonderful Siduri and Novy tasting at the Aria with Adam Lee, I was hit with a shocker.

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BlogCredentialsFeaturedLas Vegas

Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam…Or Not. Part Deux

Let’s just say that the very first thing I did during the service portion more or less guaranteed that I wouldn’t walk out with my Certified pin in hand. It was ugly.

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BlogCredentialsFeaturedLas Vegas

Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam…Or Not.

Actually, there were only about five that I knew I bombed on (one being so elementary that anyone who could spell Two Buck Chuck would slap me).

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Exhausted. Really Exhausted.
BlogFeaturedLas VegasMisc

The Return! Wines, Vegas, Sommeliers, etc.

Between studying for every test on earth and being in the middle of a major IT/web project at The Day Job™, I have had nothing remotely approaching a social life.

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Mezzo on North Rancho
BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

My Las Vegas: Mezzo

The Smith & Hook was far too rambunctious and showed its youth. Wait. Let’s back up. Did I really say that?!?

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BlogBooksFeaturedReviews

Proof: A Reference Book That’s a Fun Read

Warning! The word “geek” or the phrase “geek out” appears a lot in this review. Because I geeked out over a lot of stuff.

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View of the MGM, Excalibur, and New York New York from the Signature
BlogFeaturedLas VegasThe Strip

Las Vegas Strip Casinos. Every. Single. One.

They are always amazed as I text (using Siri and hands free – I practice safe text) things such as “I can’t believe the traffic on Flamingo! I’m stuck here at Caesar’s Palace!”

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DDGrandNoir
BlogFeaturedReviewsWines

Daily Drinkers: 2013 Le Grand Noir Chardonnay Blend

It’s one of a new type of wine from a maverick group of winemakers who are taking traditional grapes and doing very untraditional things with them.

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White wine glasses
BlogFeaturedReviewsWines

New Feature: Daily Drinkers

My search has taken me to several go-to favorites including Costco, Trader Joe’s, Fresh and Easy, and even – shock! – Whole Foods. (Motto: Why Pay Less?)

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2012 Cotes du Paso Robles
BlogReviewsWines

Tasting Notes: 2012 El Côtes du Paso Robles Blanc

Until these last few bottles, this had been one of my go-to “daily drinkers,” one of those wines you pop, pour, and don’t need to ponder over.

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