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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.

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.

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.

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...

I’m a New CWAS. One Down…

It's not unusual to do an overnight road trip to a "Wine Country" and back over the course of a weekend. Yes, it's so close that even a tourist to Las Vegas could take a couple of days to visit Wine Country. How great is that?
Hug Cellars 2010 Starr Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Hug Cellars Cabernet. Boom.

Unfortunately, that means that sometimes I miss on stocking up on wines that once opened, may not be replaceable. Like this one. Oh well.

Paso Robles 11 AVA Petition – A Consumer’s View

I've spent some time reading the varying opinions of winemakers, wine growers, bloggers, columnists, ad nauseum, and finally decided to jump into the fray myself.

Paso Robles Cab Collective Wine Trail. ish.

I won't name any names, but I recently spoke with a Master Sommelier whose lip actually curled (!!!) when talking about Paso Robles Cabs. Was that a sneer or what?!?