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Coravin in Grassini Tasting Room

New Wine Toys?

In 2015 I gifted myself with several wine and food toys. It was imperative. ish.
By making a last grasp into the pockets of those who keep them in business, they have shown that the customer experience is secondary to their gluttony.
Among her other jobs, she was a caterer in the deep South yet had never attended any kind of culinary school. Culinary schools were not available for daughters of ex-slaves in the Deep South in the middle of the 20th century.
Beef Tongue Taco de Lengua

Oh Yes, YES! I LOVE Tongue!!

Great. I have your attention. Now. Back away from the gutter.

Terminal Wine

But, as you can probably guess, after a weekend with the grandkids where I did not drink much, I looked forward to having this at home with my feet up and the TV going. Perfect.
Betony Faustin, Abbey Creek

The Color of Wine – 2016

Don't get me wrong; my day-to-day interactions with folks in the wine trade have been terrific and I *feel* the respect once we get started talking about/tasting/studying wine. They know I know my shit and that I'm open to learning when I don't.

Wine Country

A Toast to Cork!

Every time I find a video about cork, I will post it. This was a news report from last year, and somehow I missed it!

Wine Tasting at Harley-Davidson

The bikes were awesome although I admit to being a motorcycle coward.

100% Cork Coalition Marches On!

I feel the environmental impact of the cork industry cannot be underestimated.

“Speaking” of Wine

Well, I was funny through all levels and made it for the finals! Who knew that talking about my dating life could be so hysterical.

News

Reviews

Madeline’s Restaurant – Cambria, CA

Well, my friends Rick and Jarlene went to Cambria, California - actually Paso Robles – for Rick's special birthday. I won't say how old he is, but let's just say that he's been around the block a time or two. Or several.

Why Wine?

Rose Wine for Summer

A Tale of Three Rosés

Central Coast

Creston Wine Trail Logo

Creston Wine Trail

Far Out Wineries Wine Trail

The landscapes are beautiful, the wineries outstanding, and my ability to get lost while trying to find them, legendary.
Paso Robles Hills in Spring

Wine Trails of Paso Robles. The Project. And Beyond.

Unfortunately, not all of the wine trails are listed in one, easy-to-search place. Until now.
Example of downtown Paso Robles beautiful architecture

Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Rooms

The difference is whether or not you use the spit bucket. If you're tasting, you use the spit bucket. If you're drinking, you don't.

Cork and Other Closures

A Toast to Cork!

Every time I find a video about cork, I will post it. This was a news report from last year, and somehow I missed it!

100% Cork Coalition Marches On!

I feel the environmental impact of the cork industry cannot be underestimated.
Cork oak trunk section

Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.
Golan Heights Winery

Cork Revisited – Wine Passions: A Cork Comeback

It bodes well for the resurgence of cork, particularly in light of serious environmental and climate concerns.

Cork Revisited – For Your Wine and for Your Head

After all, cork isn't trying to function like screwcaps or synthetics, but the verso is most definitely true.

Food Nooz

Madeline’s Restaurant – Cambria, CA

Well, my friends Rick and Jarlene went to Cambria, California - actually Paso Robles – for Rick's special birthday. I won't say how old he is, but let's just say that he's been around the block a time or two. Or several.

Blast

Robert Parker, Wine, and Menopause

So why is it that the overwhelming majority of official wine tasters and critics are men? It's not because they're better at the sniffing or tasting. It's because they have better memories. And because they don’t go through menopause.

Rant

MGM Marches On – Screw Y’All

My recommendation? There are lots of other properties in town that don't charge for parking because they already know and appreciate that you're supporting their businesses by paying for rooms, gaming, shows, events, food, shopping, and more. MGM just wants a pound more flesh.
Betony Faustin, Abbey Creek

The Color of Wine – 2016

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