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November 2009

Quivira Zinfandel 2007

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”  —  H. G. Wells These two wines are not the grad-school-in-you-face-fruit-bomb zinfandels you might be used to.  The Quivira zinfandels are elegant, refined and sophisticated.  They have the brambly-briar-patch flavors, […]

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Wines for Boys (From the Girls Who Love Them)

image of a rugby player on the pitch using a wine bottle as the ball wearing a striped rugby shirt

As we’ve discussed, please stop giving novelty socks, ties and cuff-links as Christmas gifts.  They really are as welcome as a case of the clap.  We suggest a case of wine instead.  Here’s a couple of choices that marry the love of wine with the love of the gridiron and the pitch. Long Bomb Although […]

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Waterstone Rosé 2008

“I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”  —  Eleanor Roosevelt Stumped about what wine to serve on Thanksgiving?  You can always go with the classic Beaujolais or pinot […]

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No More Coffee Mugs! Give Gifts That People Actually Want (Like Wine) 2009

a photo of a white coffee cup with the international hazard symbol in red -- buy gifts people actually want to use like wine -- no more fucking coffee cups!

I believe in only giving gifts that I covet. With wine, that gives me so many choices!  You need to know your recipient: casual drinker or hard-core wino?  Then decide on price-point.  I can go both ways, sometimes a single bottle of a favorite wine is perfect, other times a case of $8 wine makes […]

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Gravity Hills “The Sherpa” Zinfandel 2006

“You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.”  —  Albert Einstein Aren’t we all just sherpa’s plodding up that steep hill of life?  Those days when you’re world-weary and when gravity is pulling you down, we suggest curling up with a bottle of Gravity Hills “The Sherpa” Zinfandel and recuperate while you plot your next […]

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Mumm Napa Cuvée M

That it shall never come again is what makes life so sweet.”  —  Emily Dickinson This is a demi-sec, which means “half-dry.”  At 3% residual sugar, it’s perfect for those drinkers who enjoy a bit of sweetness in their wines, but not cloying for those who enjoy a good brut sparkler.  The Mumm Napa Cuvée M […]

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Ludovicus 2007

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  —  Oscar Wilde The color is a deep plum with full blackberry flavor and vanilla with a hint of savory pepper.  This is a good everyday wine.  It has character, but it won’t over-power your meal.  Craig Drollett, of Bin Ends suggests pairing […]

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Cupcake Riesling 2008

“There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”  —  Washington Irving I tasted this in the most inauspicious circumstances.  It was moving weekend.  And packing and moving your […]

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Linden Vineyards

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”  — Albert Einstein The Linden Vineyards are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  It was a gloriously rainy autumn day when we ventured forth.  The vines were turning gold and auburn, and the grey gloom and […]

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James David Cellars Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah 2005

“About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation.”  —  Tom Wilson This is a wine worthy to be fought over.  My sister only wanted to have a single small glass, as she had stack of papers to grade that evening.  When I poured my second glass, she gave me the […]

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