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After years of having to shove rosé into customers' hands and swear to them on a stack of bibles and my future firstborn that it wasn't sweet just to get them to buy it, we've…

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Last week, just in time for Valentine’s Day, I decided to delve into the nexus of America’s repressed desires: the wine aisle at my local Target. Depending on what you read, either Apothic or Folie…

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So, you went to Uruguay or southern Italy on vacation, and you found the most amazing small producers that no one is bringing into the US. After some dreamy pillow talk with your significant other…

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Most of my recent travel has focused on wine in some way, but for the past two weeks, I’ve been in Thailand, land of delicious curry, tropical fruit, and basically no decent wine that isn't…

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Sure, you’d think we need another how-to series when it comes to wine and other adult beverages like a proverbial hole in the head. But in my experience, most helpful writing about wine is a…

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When I moved to Napa for wine school, I learned the unfortunate term "PTC," as a caution against walking around after a wine tasting with purple teeth. PTCs are ‘purple-teethed cougars’ named for their love of…

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I've always loved bubbles. And while my favorite way to get my bubbly fix is with Champagne, that isn't practical on a daily basis, especially with your lunch at work. Even at a wine store,…

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I have a potentially sensitive topic to discuss. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with something horrible Donald Trump said on Twitter or public breastfeeding or any of the other things people love…

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As we gear up for fall at the shop, our tasting schedule is ramping up as well, which is sometimes fun, and sometimes just slogging through 20+ "red blends" in a day, searching for one…

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I have a little bit of a bone to pick with some of our customers. And I feel bad saying this, because it’s not like I’m not happy that people want to shop at the…

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When you taste wine and beverages for a living, it’s nice to take your expert hat off and just enjoy wine for what it is, without thinking too much about it. This past weekend, I…

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After my charcuterie at Early Mountain (I could have stayed there all afternoon and into the evening – that is a NICE tasting lounge!), it was time to head to Uphill House, a super charming…

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