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Benoît Badoz 2013 Arbois-Pupillin 

Pupillin is a village in the Arbois commune of the greater Jura department of eastern France. The red soils of Pupillin produce distinctly light, earthy, mineral-driven reds – this being of Pinot Noir from Benoît Bedoz, a 10-generation family domaine. Cultivated using no chemicals, fermented with only natural yeasts and minimal additions of SO2, these […]

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Oregon 2014: Photo Journal Part I

2014 could mark the end of an era, or perhaps just the beginning of new things. 3 years, 4 harvests, each so unique I sometimes  feel like the only common thread is that I spent them all with Winemaker Michael Lundeen at Walnut City Wineworks. 2011 was my debut vintage, as well as a difficult harvest, and looking […]

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Mourat Gorges 2

Jérémie Huchet & Jérémie Mourat · 2004 · Muscadet Sevre et Maine · ‘Gorges’ · Loire Valley, France

This wine has been my imaginary summer jam. I picture rolling it out at just about every occasion, for no reason other than we should all be drinking more good, decade-old Muscadet. Unfortunately, at around 30 bucks, it’s a bit too pricey to pour with Vinho Verde-like irreverence. On the other hand, though, it’s a hand-crafted, 10-year-old […]

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The best lunch ever.

It’s raining. And it’s hot. I threw my backpack on and hastily pedaled the mile from work to home, fat raindrops soaking the skirt of my dress and gliding into my leather shoes. When I opened the door, I wasn’t greeted with the familiar, quiet darkness of foyer, or even Eli’s lithe slip out the […]

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Get excited! Seghesio tasting flight now available.

I just got an e-mail from my favorite Zinfandel/miscellaneous Italian varietal producer in California indicating that they just released a revolutionary new product that brings the tasting room directly to your living room.: 6 of Seghesio’s strongest efforts in tasting-portion bottles—including their best single vineyard Zinfandels and the Sangiovese, a personal favorite of my wife. […]

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marbles in wine

Marble Madness.

If I could instantaneously merge all the airless space I’ve created from vacuum-pumping wine bottles over the last few years, I could probably create a sweet, grape-smelling black hole. Despite a lingering suspicion in the back of my mind that this process of storing wine is worthless, I dutifully follow through anyway. (more…)

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Cubbies for corks.

In an attempt to marry my passion, wine, with my occupation in the construction industry, I began to develop some new concepts in wine storage and display with a focus on: ease of installation, space-conscious design, unique wine buying and stocking options, and a realistic, workable budget. The real breakthrough for this project came with an inexpensive custom […]

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Good wine gone bad. Updated and Reposted!

3 weeks, 3 great wine stores, 3 different bottles from 2 different countries—all bad. After a string of bad bottles from some of the best wine stores I know, I thought it was time for a repost. Up until now, most of the turned bottles I’ve opened have come from auction sites and been relatively […]

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Cellar Tracker: Seghesio Family Vineyards

Recommended asset allocation: 30% U.S. Stocks, 30% Foreign Stocks, 10% Inflation Adjusted Treasuries, 10% High-Yield Bonds, 10% High-Grade Bonds, 5% Precious Metals, and 5% Seghesio. I just finished entering my wine collection onto CellarTracker.com, the best online community of member only tasting notes, and cellar management tools I have come across. Here is a photographic […]

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Oops! (hiccup)

Robby and I just polished off an entire bottle of 7 Deadly Zins. Ha ha ha… Evidence: I directly equate this slight misstep with two things: 1. I saw a baby today. I’m celebrating for Jen and Jim! I am an aunt! 2. I was researching joining the Saratoga Springs YMCA. Traumatic. Rob was pouring […]

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Wine Review: 2007 · Justin · Malbec · Paso Robles, CA

Rich garnet in the glass, with hints of purple visible in the soft foam of a swirl. Deep, soft nose of cherry, dried cranberries, currant, and rubber. Mouth-watering, juicy texture, somewhat less deep and earthy than I expected. A very balanced, but firm, structure of acidity and tannins—coupled with generous spicy cola and pepper—give this wine […]

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Wine Review: 2002 · Alexander Valley Vineyards · Two Barrel

I came across Two Barrel a few days ago in my favorite Saratoga wine store, which is literally brimming with amazing California wine these days. There is never a day where I don’t find something new and exciting while I motor a miniature shopping cart around endless cases of the latest juice. Having spent some time at […]

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