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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yesterday was a particularly brutal tasting day - appointments with 8 vendors and dozens of wines.  Unfortunately, not many winners. I was pleased to taste this Cava from local importer Vin de Terra: I love…

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When you make your living smelling and tasting, having a cold is a major drag. So, for the past week I’ve been a disgusting, hacking mess.  Great way to celebrate the beginning of spring, huh?…

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