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Big Wines for Trying Times

Some wines are for light, enthralling, enticing times. Others are for deadening the pain of loss. Monster Cabs are for both celebrating and commiserating. Be they high-alcohol, densely-oaked new-age Oregon Pinot Noirs; thickly-fruited, jammy Aussie Shiraz; or high-octane, powerfully spiced Cali Zinfandels, some times simply call for bigger wines. We tend to drink big wines Read more…

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Festive Wines

With warming trends, it seems it’s Summer all over all of the time. Certainly here in Central Texas, the Eastern edge of the Scorching Southwest. Early Fall brings Festival Season here in Austin, with our Austin City Limits fest being the hottest thing in the Fall here. Along with the anticipation of the Fest comes Read more…

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Going Bendo in Mendo

Pictured here is the view from the “Tasting Deck” at Esterlina Vineyards, a tiny, mountaintop, boutique property making world-class wines. Green rolling hills, mammoth redwoods, untamed rivers, the wild Northern California coast-plus all of the great wine- makes for a vacation paradise for an outward-bound wino. I was lucky enough to get styled with a Read more…

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Twenty-First Century Rieslings

Shattering misconceptions is one of life’s great joys. One common misconception involves the belief that all rieslings are heavy, sweet, dum-dum wines that all come from Germany. While the world’s greatest still do come from there, great rieslings are currently being produced in Australia, New Zealand, and here in the U.S. (particularly Wa. state). The Read more…

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Land of the Giant Shiraz

Legend has it that shiraz originally came from ancient Persia. Sadly, present-day Iran has outlawed the production of wine. So regardless of its true origins, the much heralded grape has no home there. My first experiences with wines made from the syrah/shiraz grape were rather infamous. Nasty, tight, low-end Croze Hermitage, from France’s Northern Cotes Read more…

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Climb the Ladder, Savor the Flavor

As infants, we wean on mother’s milk. Upon our demise, it’s back to pablum. But, oh, those year’s in the middle! We develop our palates over a lifetime, and breadth of experience is key here. With wine, everyone starts with lighter, sweeter, simpler wines. Then, if they’re lucky enough to have caught the wine bug, Read more…

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