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Decorum on the Web – What’s So Tough to Understand?!??!?

October 5th, 2009

I am simply amazed at the lack of decorum some have shown recently on blogs and on bulletin boards that I frequent. The fact that it is becoming commonplace to go well beyond ‘constructive criticism’ and get downright nasty is just a sign of how far this medium still has to go . . . Read more…



When Is a Wine Considered ‘Manipulated’?!?

September 30th, 2009

What in the heck am I talking about? Can it be that wine is not simply an all-natural alcoholic beverage that is the result of no human intervention whatsoever?!?!?!? Many wineries obviously want you to think that this is the case! When reading ads or perusing websites of many wineries, their message is that their Read more…



When 30 Brix May Still Not Be High Enough . . . .

September 28th, 2009

Brix is a measure of sugar levels in grapes in the wine industry. It roughly translates as follows: a grape sample showing a reading of 20 brix means that that sample has approximately 200 grams of sugar per liter of solution . . .or almost 2 lbs. of sugar per gallon! Yikes! It also means Read more…



Fist-A-Cuffs in the Tasting Room!

September 24th, 2009

A few weeks back, I walked into our tasting room to find 4 customers arguing with each other. I stayed back and listened as best as I could to try to understand what was going on, and this is what I heard . . . No.1: I smell citrus and spice from this wine. No. Read more…



Finding the Right Match . . .

September 18th, 2009

There are many many books, blogs, and articles written every year about matching wine with food. There have been a handful of scientific studies on the matter as well (See Hildegarde Heyman’s study from UC Davis a few years back debunking wine and cheese pairings).



Our Comfort Zones . . .or Thinking Outside the Box . . .

September 11th, 2009

All of us have a ‘comfort zone’ in many aspects of our lives. For some, it’s with our finances, avoiding ‘risky’ ventures at all costs. For some, it’s their clothes, knowing what they like and avoiding ‘new’ or ‘trendy’ pants or shirts.



Transparency in the Cyber Wine World . . .

September 4th, 2009

As many of you know, I actively post and share my thoughts on wine and other things on many wine boards across the Net. I really enjoy doing so and feel it is a great way for me to not only share my knowledge but increase my knowledge by interacting with those that either a) Read more…



Closure on Closure

June 16th, 2008

As those of you who have met me know, I like to talk . . . a lot! And I really enjoy talking about wine – all aspects of it, including ‘technical’ stuff . . . . I try not to get too much into the ‘science’ of it because I start seeing people ‘fade Read more…



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June 12th, 2008

how to get ex girlfriend to like you and i love u but you must break up with your ex girlfriend first or i called my ex boyfriend after 4 months. how to get back with your ex girlfriend back ways get an ex back, how to build friendships to get your girlfriend back, etc. Read more…