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The WSJ Wine Department Gets Real

Back in April, I wrote here about what seemed like a changing tide in the Wall Street Journal’s wine coverage, when Food & Wine magazine alumnus Lettie Teague, and “Bright Lights, Big City” author Jay McInerney replaced long-time wine columnists John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter. The issue back in April was that Teague and McInerney Read more…

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You Better, You Better Know Brett

I recently got back from Cahors, France, where I was covering the International Malbec Days Festival. Cahors is a beautiful little town situated in the Southwest region of France on the meandering Lot river, and the Malbec Days event more-or-less overwhelmed it totally, bringing in about 150 journalists, buyers, and wine industry folk from half Read more…

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Who's Down With OCP? (More on Surprising Cool Climate Reds)

Quick, without looking it up on Google: can you name the state that is home to the Outer Coastal Plain AVA (American Viticultural Area)? Here’s a hint: it’s in the U.S. (I know, that one’s obvious…). Give up? The answer: New Jersey. Southern Jersey, to be a bit more precise. As in, the area between Read more…

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Ready to Diss Cool-Climate U.S. Wines? Not so Fast…

Last weekend I took part in wine blogging event in the New York Finger Lakes region, during which I visited several quality producers and tasted hundreds of their wines. During a visit to Ravines Wine Cellars, I was struck by something that winemaker Morten Hallgren told our group: “It’s only in the U.S. that the Read more…

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