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Pretty in Pink – Rosé Wine Blind Tasting

After all, you can never taste too much wine. “Educational,” you know.

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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.

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From the Archives: Wine Tasting Pointers

If you want to serve a wine that may be a little pricey, don’t be afraid to get measured pourers! They are easily hand washable, but don’t do well in garbage disposals. Don’t ask.

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Vegas Wineaux Wine Club Learnin’ Time!

However, Kimberly’s focus on “Pin the Tail on the Bottle”; that is, bring a bottle that’s out of the ordinary, really humbled us. I made lots of grand pronouncements about aroma, palate, and finish, and largely bombed out. Even on the wine that I brought! Oh well.

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Summer Red Wines

So don’t confine yourself to champagnesque sparklers or whites during the heat. Next time you fire up the grill, pop the cork on a bottle of Sparkling Shiraz and enjoy!

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Greek Wine. Who Knew? – Night of White Wines Surprises

My opinion of Greek wine was shaped by Retsina, so my expectations were, to say the least, quite low, and I was prepared to retch. When my guests heard that I had a Greek wine, their reactions ranged from wrinkled noses to abject horror.

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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.

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WE + WS + Paso Robles = Hunh?

Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator are arguably the burly boys of the wine magazine world. They and their tasters can make or break the reputation of a winery (deserved or not…but that’s a debate that will never be resolved) by the flick of a pen.

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“Deerly” Loved Wine! Hug Pinot Noir

I dunno. Something about “Hug” and “Deer” just seemed to fit. But I digress.

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Oh Oh Opolo!

A couple of weeks ago I hosted the Tex & Fritz Wine Club and the Vegas Wineaux Wine Club for a special night of appetizers, cheeses, and Opolo wines.  While my intentions were stellar, the proverbial “best laid plans” kind of kicked in.  My beautifully planned five-year vertical … well, let’s just say that I had a slight miscalculation.  Of about four years. Oops. Let me explain. According to CellarTracker, I had five years of Opolo Mtn. Zin, 2004-2008. Maybe not. As it turns out, it appears that the Wineaux Guy and I had indulged at some time and I …

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Chardonnay Video Shoot-Out! Central Coast vs Sonoma/Napa!

So I became an ABC (Anything But Chard) gal. It was quite a few years before I found the Chard character my palate desired and, as I discovered, you had a spend a little money to get it. Nowadays – whether it’s because you really don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a good Chard or because my palate has matured – I enjoy it on a fairly regular basis.

Yup. Me. Liking white wines. Who’da thunk?

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Home Wine Tasting 101

Whether you’re a guest or a host, there are some ideas that I’d like to share from my experiences in the fun world of home wine tastings.

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