All posts by Diane McMartin

Diane McMartin is a Certified Sommelier and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program. She also works in wine retail, teaching wine education classes and helping customers wade through the endless sea of bad Chardonnay in the world. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

Next week, I'll be headed to northern Italy's Alto Adige region, famous for its Pinot Grigio and pork products. A few days ago, what should appear at our tasting table during our grueling (ha!) Tasting…

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I’ve spent most of my working life on my feet.  You’d think I’d be thinner, but unfortunately I love to eat and drink so much all the standing, walking, and schlepping cases of wine up…

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Despite the fact that without adult supervision, I could spend an entire afternoon and half my paycheck at Sephora, I'm often super lazy about grooming and maintenance. You should see my roots. OK, let's be…

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Summer is my favorite season - socks are optional, impromptu road trips are encouraged, and it seems more socially acceptable to drink rose in the middle of the day. Speaking of rose, this interesting little…

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People always ask me if I write while drinking, and the answer is yes - but not wine or beer or absinthe or Madeira. I'm not Hemingway (and thank goodness for that!). I do most…

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A few standouts from the last few days. First up, a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Auxerrois, and Pinot Blanc. Wonderfully tart and zippy, with the flavor of ripe pears. So good.  …

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Sorry, low hanging fruit there in the title. I gripe all the time about how expensive Virginia wines are compared to other regions, and how the Cab Francs are always too green, and bla bla…

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It's no secret I have kind of a...thing about perfume. I've shown the crazy sample vial collection before, but just in case: Frightening, I know. So when I ordered a sample pack from indie perfumer…

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We're in the sticky, sweaty, clammy period of summer now, and that calls for beer! I revisited Smuttynose's Hayseed, made in an obscure style called grisette. It's similar to a saison, but lighter and smoother.…

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The best things to read while laying on the beach, by a lake, or just under the air conditioning vent in your apartment are either escapist and absorbing, or funny and not too taxing. Why…

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In my continued quest to be a fancy lady, a couple of months ago I purchased this delicious body oil from MoroccanOil, the company that became kind of a culty favorite for its hair oil.…

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We're taking a little bit of a break at the shop from our usual grueling tasting schedule at the store, so I didn't spend my entire Tuesday spitting regrettable Zinfandel, but I have managed to…

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