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The Mirage, Las Vegas
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The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

It doesn’t seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that’s dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.

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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.

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Boxes of local wines
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Largest Winery-ish

The largest winery in Paso Robles isn’t one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It’s not even a winery, at least not technically.

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View from Ridge Winery
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Steven Spurrier – Interview and Winery Tour

He single-handedly – along with the finest palates in France – brought California wine to the world’s consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy moment for the finest palates in France.

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Chardonnay Grapes Close Up
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I’ll See You In My Dreams – The Movie, Wine, Sam Elliott and Sex

Carol and her friends lived a golf course community lifestyle, and I already knew there’d be no Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay anywhere.

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2005 Hunt Cellars “Moonlight Sonata” Chardonnay – Reprise

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Just how many times am I going to review this wine?!?

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Front of the winery with a few fans hanging out
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Cypher Winery

When I slunk into work the next morning with two unyielding, risqué tattoos in full view, my coworkers at The Day Job™ asked, “Just exactly what were you doing in (insert air quotes here) Wine Country?!?”

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View on a Hill
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Just What *Is* Wine Country?

Which means that you will be forced to visit their wine countries in order to buy many of the wines. I’m good with that.

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Just What *Is* Wine Country?

Which means that you will be forced to visit their wine countries in order to buy many of the wines. I’m good with that.

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Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Visiting the Wineries

And the lottery tickets didn’t help. Eight dollars in winnings don’t exactly add up to a retirement-worthy windfall.

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road trip
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Road Trip

When I stopped for gas at Barstow, I opened up the glove box to see if there was a manual in there. Well there was. Unfortunately, it was on a CD, still nicely shrink-wrapped. What use was that?!?

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Changing of the Guard – Hug Cellars

It’s an end of one era, but the beginning of something just as great.

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Lesson on how wine is made
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Visiting Southern Nevada Wine Country

This past Sunday I spent several hours touring and tasting at half the wineries in Nevada. Both of them.

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Tasting Room at Pahrump Valley Winery
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The Accidental Activist – Continued

I really shouldn’t call it a silly law because it was there for a reason. While there are several, it can be summed up in one quote: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

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Grant Sawyer Legislative Room
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The Accidental Activist – Nevada Wine and Me

My eyes rolled back into my head so many times that I had eye pain by the end of the hearing.

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Grape Expectations, Henderson, NV
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Great Grapes at Grape Expectations! Nevada Wine “Laws”

As noted, the incredibly archaic and stupid laws that are on the books guarantee that it’s almost impossible to start a winery in this state.

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Hidden Oak Vineyard, Spring 2008
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Paso’s 11 – New Series

This series will be a description of each AVA, its climate and geology, the grape varieties grown, and, of course, the wineries and wines that it produces.

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To Cork or Not to Cork

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The Mirage, Las Vegas
BlogFeaturedLas VegasNevadaRantReviews

The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

It doesn’t seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that’s dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.

READ MORE →
Cork oak trunk section
BlogFeaturedResearch TopicReviewsWine Country

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.

READ MORE →
Boxes of local wines
BlogFeaturedPaso Robles AVAPaso TripReviewsWine CountryWines

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Largest Winery-ish

The largest winery in Paso Robles isn’t one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It’s not even a winery, at least not technically.

READ MORE →
View from Ridge Winery
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Steven Spurrier – Interview and Winery Tour

He single-handedly – along with the finest palates in France – brought California wine to the world’s consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy moment for the finest palates in France.

READ MORE →

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