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Wine Country Etiquette

Whenever you go some place new, there are always unwritten rules you discover when you get there…the ones you wish you knew about beforehand. The first time you went to New York, why didn’t someone tell you black was the … Continue reading

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Planning your trip to “Napa” – Part 2

You’re going to Wine Country! You’ve checked with everyone you know and have compiled a list of wineries to visit. So what are your next steps? First, determine how long you are going to be there. You will want to … Continue reading

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Planning your trip to “Napa” – Part 1

So you’re planning on going to Wine Country… where do you start?  As a first step, check with friends (yes, include Facebook friends), family members, neighbors, work associates and anyone whose opinion you value to ask for suggestions if they have been to Wine … Continue reading

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“I only like sweet wines” (what does that mean?)

A woman at a wine tasting looked me in the eye and matter-of-factly stated: “I only like sweet wines.”  Sweet wines?  Did she literally mean dessert wines with higher residual sugar?  Or, could she mean something else? When I asked her what she liked … Continue reading

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Is there melon in that wine?!

When people new to wine or with limited wine experience first read tasting notes and hear wine descriptions, they are often confused by references to flavors described in different wines.  Some sound like a fresh fruit salad, while other descriptions are even more perplexing.  I was conducting a wine tasting … Continue reading

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