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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99% of the time, I’d rather pluck my eyelashes out one by one than read anything written by one of the major wine critics. The ramblings of bloviated old assholes like Robert Parker could not…

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Since I’m now in my fourth year in the wine industry in the DC area, I’ve been to a lot of wine events.  Some for just industry people, some that are open to the public,…

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It's been a busy few days of tasting, and it's only Thursday!  On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of tasting this delicious, crisp and flavorful Riesling from Alsace producer Leon Boesch: My boss thinks…

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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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One of my favorite times of year is when all the fresh, delicious new roses are released.  I'll drink almost anything pink, but every year I have favorites.  Last year it was all about Anton…

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You know what’s annoying?  When a friend goes on and on about some expensive product she’s using, claiming it’ll change your life, or at least your hair/eyelashes/whatever, and you avoid it for months, thinking it…

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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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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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