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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Hunt Cellars Chardonnay
BlogFeaturedReviewsWines

Tasting Notes: 2005 Hunt Cellars Moonlight Sonata Reserve Chardonnay

There’s no way that you’d confuse it with one of its Burgundian cousins; it is quintessentially California, and it wears its California style proudly.

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letterpress
BlogFeatured

What’s New is What You Can’t See!

It’s based on a scale that I can hang with; the usual wine rating systems award 50 points just for being wine. So if the wine really stinks, it still gets 50 points!

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grapes on a vine clear cropped
BlogFeaturedLas VegasMisc

Growing Up and New Changes

I hope to be able to unveil the new look on August 31, leaving the Labor Day morning for tweaking and then barbecuing later. Of course!

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Wine bottles in rack
BlogFeaturedRantReviewsWines

Pinot Noir, Typicity, and Dog Shows. A Rant.

But when a pet quality wine being touted as a potential Best In Show winner, then something has gone awry somewhere.

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Okay. Maybe not *this* leftover!
BlogVideos

What To Do with Leftover Wine

Oh stop the screaming. There are those of us who can’t suck down an entire bottle of wine in one night!

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Torres Verdeo
BlogFeaturedReviewsWines

Today’s Tasting Note: 2013 Verdeo from Torres

Yum! Okay, let me elaborate. As you may have noticed, I’ve been reviewing quite a few white wines (for me) this summer.

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clendenen cork
BlogFeaturedReviewsWine CountryWines

Today’s Tasting Note: Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

I didn’t realize when I purchased the 2011 Plungerhead Zin a few weeks ago that it was made by The Other Guys, whose mission, it seems, is to make good wines at everyman prices.

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Baby Zin Grapes
BlogFeaturedReviewsWines

2014 Wine Bloggers Conference – Paso Robles Excursion Day 2

As an aside, the winemakers seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude since the ultimate proof of the harm – or not – of the ongoing drought will be in the quality of the wines.

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