The Death of (A) Freemark Abbey Merlot

Freemark Abbey and Tasting Bag
You know those movies that have the slow-motion scenes when something horrible is about to happen?

2012 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray

2012 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray
Because I'm a lunatic, I've decided to pursue several wine certifications. Why? Because I want to know as much as possible and share what I know with those who care to learn. What that means is that I have to know the tasting matrices of the various certification bodies: Guild of Sommeliers (aka Court of Master Sommeliers), Society of...

Uncorked – My Newest Addiction

I suddenly felt the way you feel when you have that dream where you aren't wearing any clothes and everybody looks at you like you're crazy? That feeling.

Going Rogue – Oregon’s Other Wine Country. Part 1- Arrival

Ashland is about 15 miles from the California border; it's apparently where old hippies (and young ones) go to escape the rat race.

The Nevada Senate, Winery Law & Me – I Have No Juice

New tax laws are being escorted through the legislature like a hot date on prom night, and this bill which has the potential of bringing so much business - and its resulting revenue flow - into the state is looked upon as “minor.”

Nevada Winery Law: From Whoopee to WTF in 3.5 Seconds

So how did I go from ecstasy to dismay faster than a funny car at the Winternationals?

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.

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).

Wine Certifications, Racial Politics, and Me

I was raised in a beer and spirits environment (North Philly isn't exactly known for its wine culture), but when I discovered wine, I was hooked and fell madly in love.

California Wine Appellation Specialist – So What?

“It’s California,” I said to myself. “How hard could it be?” It was pretty damn challenging as it turned out. “This was a walk in the park,” said no CWAS student. Ever.

Perfect Pairing – Wine, Art, Food, and Music

Guri Stark painting
For instance, we like to "pair" our dancing with the proper music. Waltzing at a rap concert? Break dancing with Bluegrass? I think not.

Black History Month, Wine, Credibility, and Me

I know wine. I just have to have the pieces of papers (and pins) to prove to others that I do. Master level? Well, maybe. After all, while I'm at it...