Much as I love wine, I love perfume (and coffee, but that's another post) just as much.  You don't amass a sample vial collection like this without a serious obsession: One of the things that…

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I always thought of vermouth and aromatized wines as moldering, dusty, musty cocktail ingredients sitting in the bar rail. Crummy white vermouth and Lillet always tasted sour and stale to me - I couldn't understand…

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Despite its overtones of bourgeoise agrotourism, I was super excited to spend the day at Anton Bauer picking grapes and checking out the winery.  The air was clear, cold and bright that morning, and our…

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There’s Flirt white blend and Middle Sister’s Smarty Pants Chardonnay - why should the ladies have all the fun? Men need a line of cynically marketed wines that pander to gender stereotypes, so we bring…

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The only problem with the gorgeous Loisium hotel in Langenlois, where I stayed for several days during Austrian wine country’s harvest season last month, is that we weren’t there for long enough!  It’s swanky, but…

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This pretty much sums up my entertaining philosophy - but it's not because I'm a jerk! Well, it's partially because of that. It's also because I've found that the fewer choices you give people, food…

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One of my personalities in the wine world is Terry Theise. He’s like the eccentric uncle I never had.  I wish I could be friends with him and have him give me life advice, but…

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People always ask me, “what’s your favorite wine?” You may as well ask a mother to pick her favorite child, but usually my answer is, “anything with bubbles.” With almost every other style, I find…

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Whenever a vendor walks in the door with a bag full of wines from one winery and someone who actually works for said winery in tow, I get a little nervous.  If the wines are…

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This past Tuesday, I got to taste through a whole lineup of new, fresh, zippy whites from local Austrian importer Klaus Wittauer.  Everything was delicious, but the standouts were Steininger's new Gruner Veltliner and Riesling.…

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I spend almost every Tuesday tasting for work - tough life, I know, but someone’s got to live it.  This means that I taste a lot of wine, and I get a pretty good cross-section…

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As much as I love teaching classes, sometimes it's nice to just sit back and let someone else do the talking.  That was exactly what I got to do last night, when Jim Hutton of…

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