Article Archive

This is an archive page that lists all of my blog articles. It does not include the wine reviewsoriginal meme's and other wierd things I post here and there. If you would like an archive that lists everything I've ever posted, there's a blog archive on the very bottom of every page.

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Quickie: It's time to give in to canned wine!
4/30/2019: It keeps it cold, it keeps it fresh, it's the most recyclable material on the planet, and it cuts down on carbon emissions. Canned wine is here.
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Just Brew It, Part One: A brief history of Sake
4/14/2019: Sake runs deep in the culture of Japan and Japan runs deep in the culture of Sake. But it actually didn't originate there and it's certainly not staying there.
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Quickie: Yes way, Rosé! How the category exploded!
4/9/2019: The success of Rosé in the United States is due to relentless pounding and over-exposure until consumers gave in and tried it for themselves. And, of course, a few rap songs.
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Quickie: Are consumer wine reviews more accurate than expert reviews?
3/26/2019: More and more I see people walking around the shop using these wine review apps to check out their scores so they can make a purchase decision. I think that’s great. 
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Heroes of Wine: Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE)
3/17/2019: In his Natural History encyclopedia, Pliny attempted to collect everything we know about the natural world. Anthropology, botany, geography, magic, zoology... and even oenology. There are a lot of things that we know about the Roman wine culture of the time that we would not know without him. 
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Quickie: Liquor stores should have "combo meals"
3/12/2019: I'm tellin' ya. This is the future. And I'm giving it out for free like Nikola Tesla. You're welcome.
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The time my dog got drunk on Pinot Gris
1/20/2019: Our dog was absolutely shitfaced. Have you ever seen a shitfaced dog? It's exactly like a shitfaced person. Barely keeping his eyes open, flopping over, making weird noises, licking everything.
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Wine bloggers share their favorite posts 
1/14/18: Understanding why a writer likes a certain piece they have written above all their others gives you some extra information, and telling information, of who they are. And really, who we are is what makes the blogging world so great.
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Bordeauxing Rioja: The Origin Stories of Manuel Quintano & Luciano de Murrieta
12/17/17: Before Manuel Quintano came along in the 1700's, the wines of Rioja were still stored underground in clay vessels. Much of it spoiled completely and had to be dumped. Rioja needed an upgrade.
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Heroes of Wine: André Tchelistcheff
11/12/17: They called him "the Maestro". By definition this means "a distinguished musician, especially a conductor of classical music" or "a great or distinguished figure in any sphere". He conducted beautiful music in the form of wine.
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The Dueling Montepulcianos: Vino Nobile vs d'Abruzzo
10/22/17: Essentially there are two different Montepulcianos. There's wine from a Montepulciano region and then there's wine made from the Montepulciano grape varietal. Both are red.
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Sauvignon Blanc! It's the Ultimate Wine Club Theme
7/09/17: One theme that is always a smash hit, where everybody has the most fun and learns the most about wine, is Sauvignon Blanc from around the world. Every time I suggest it to those who haven’t done it yet, they come back raving about the results.
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A Brief History of 90+ Cellars - Wine Buyers in Boston
5/07/17: I've been a fan of 90+ since the very first time I tried their wines, which was probably soon after they were established. So let's go over how they came to be and how they're able to sell wine at such a great discounted price.
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Heroes of Wine: Louis Pasteur
4/16/17: Because of Louis Pasteur, one of the founding fathers of microbiology, you are able to enjoy your favorite wines and beers today.
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Jeroboams & Balthazars, Part 3: Wine Bottles of Colossal Proportions
12/25/16: The stories behind the names of the bottles sizes. Melchior, Solomon, Goliath, Melchizedek, and Midas.
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Jeroboams & Balthazars, Part 2: Wine Bottles of Biblical Proportions
12/11/16: The stories behind the names of the bottles sizes. Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Methuselah, Salmanazar, Balthazar, and Nebuchadnezzar.
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Jeroboams & Balthazars, Part 1: Wine Bottles of Typical Proportions
12/05/16: The stories behind the names of the bottles sizes. Piccolo, Chopine, Half, Jennie, Standard, Magnum, Marie-Jeanne, and Double Magnum.
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A Brief History of Market Vineyards
11/03/16: The heart of the winery and its wine is Red Mountain.
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8/07/16: It's the adult beverage pride of the country and their national drink.
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A Brief History of Lieb Cellars
07/03/16: On the North Fork of Long Island, New York
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Tarhun Returns: The Resurgence of Turkish Wine
05/08/16: It's safe to say that Turkey is the origin of wine itself, and now it's making some noise in the fine wine industry.
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The Rest Of Us: Wine Blogging Outside Of Wine Country
04/14/16: There are plenty of wine blogs by people outside of wine country. But why do we do it? How do we do it? Featuring eleven guest bloggers!
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Soil and Wine - Part 3: Roots Among Rubble
02/21/16: What the rocks and stones that you'll find in vineyards are made of.
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Soil and Wine - Part 2: Terroir and Texture
02/14/16: Is terroir real? And what does clay, silt and sand do for grapevines and wine?
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Soil and Wine - Part 1: Starstuff and Seashells
02/07/16: The creation of Earth and its connection to wine. Then volcanic soil and limestone.
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GUEST BLOG for Dracaena Wines: Daddy need to study... and blog about booze
01/13/16: Being a father, being a husband, working 40+ hours a week, studying to be a specialist... and writing a blog. It's not easy.
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Tales From The Cognac - Short Stories of the Four Great Houses
12/20/15: Martell, Rémy Martin, Hennessy and Courvoisier. Illustrated by Zach Cunningham.
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GUEST BLOG: "Why being a winemaker is awesome- or not" by Lori of Dracaena Wines 
12/3/15: There are some pretty awesome and not so awesome things about owning a winery.
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A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company
11/5/15: What happens when an arsonist falls in love? They make beautiful wine together.
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The Harsh, Drunken Truth on Wine Trade Tastings
10/11/15: It's usually a room full of drunks being impatient because they can't get a pour at a packed table.
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Rosacea And The Wine Lover: When Passion Threatens Appearance
8/16/15: 16 million Americans are diagnosed with rosacea and you can probably double that for Americans that have it. The top flare-up trigger is red wine. So what do we do about that?
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7/07/15: Wine regions, indigenous and international grapes, and how they're doing on the market.
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7/05/15: From the Thracians, through Celtic invasion, Roman rule, Ottoman rule, and communism.
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5/10/15: There are those that are certified that believe the CSW is a joke.
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4/05/15: The discovery of diethylene glycol in Austrian wine back in 1985 rocked the wine world.
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3/08/15: The first thing I thought of when I saw the same was Stitch from Disney's Lilo & Stitch.
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2/19/15: The second half of this two-parter covers grape concentrate for coloring, wine manipulating machinery, and formulating wine to get high scores
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2/15/15: In the age of technology, information and marketing virtually everything is "improved" upon. Even wine.
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1/8/15: Germany, Sekt, Krimsekt, Crimea, Ukraine, Soviet Champagne, England, India, Tasmania, Brazil
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12/5/14: How the Guadalupe Valley winery became #1 in Mexico.
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11/5/14: Lambrusco, Prosecco, Asti, Charmat method, partial fermentation, Brachetto, United States of America, Sparkling Catawba, Australia, Sparkling Shiraz, Franciacorta
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10/8/14: Limoux, Champagne, methode champenoise, Cremant and Cava
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9/10/14: So who should you NOT take wine advice from?
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8/13/14: Learn about the different grains and potatoes used in spirits and what each one has to offer in vodka and whisky.
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7/9/14: All about the history and current wines of Mexico
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7/2/14: The wine that toasted the Declaration of Independence
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6/18/14: This is what your wine guy thinks of your sulfite kick but won't tell you.
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6/4/14: Aglianico is an old-ass grape. It's been with us since the early days of civilization so it's seen some things.
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5/21/14: Let me tell you about a grape called Barbera.
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5/7/14: Everything you need to know about the science of wine chemistry. Also, what you don't need to know.
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4/23/14: Expanding your association vocabulary and enhancing you olfactory memory
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4/16/14: How I became a Certified Specialist of Wine and how you can too
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4/9/14: Ten years later, Miles might be on the side of Merlot and scoffing at his beloved Pinot Noir
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