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    Platinum judging: A complex beauty pageant

    Well, ladies and gentlemen, this Wine Press issue reveals the Platinum results; where the judges are expected to find the best of the best from wines that were awarded a competition Gold medal.


    It’s all about Pinot….

    She has been called a mysterious temptress, a taunting mistress that engages and compels, and she is even known by her fan club as fickle. She is delicious whether in red or pink, and when she bubbles; offering up intrigue with every new look. She is rarely muscular, instead having smooth lines ...


    Size matters...

    The ubiquitous term “size matters” presents itself to us in areas where it doesn’t matter, and some where it does. You are mistaken if you think I’m going to explore the urban legend of the origin of that phrase, as tempting as that is. This is a family show…kinda...


    Take my advice; don’t take my advice

    Don’tcha just love it when you get subjectively inapplicable advice? Representations that your backside looks slim in those pants, that the poppy seed between your teeth looks like an onyx in the ivory, or that the Kimchee has beguiling complexity. So is it with us in the wine commentator...

  • WINTER 2013

    Drink it on purpose

    There are several somewhat believable stories about the first time someone made sparkling wine (on purpose), all amounting to rural one knows.... so any story that is told has the same zero chance of being 100% accurate. Right or wrong, I have been telling this version for over 35 years...

  • FALL 2013

    Rootin', Tootin' (wine) Mavericks

    Mavericks... That’s what they were...Rootin’, Tootin’ Mavericks. They listened to some “All-Hat-No-Cattle” advisors; those without risk in the game. They planted wine grapes where alfalfa grew to sell to exactly 2 wineries in Washington State, whose collective ...

  • SUMMER 2013

    Rosé... time for libation rotation

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a wine that bridged the gaps between occasions and personal preferences; a “One – size – fits – all” wine that everyone liked every time? Something the “red only” folks could knock back with their “white only”...

  • SPRING 2013

    Cabernet, the Elvis of Wines

    Oh, sure… I’ve craved and consumed Syrah. I’ve extolled the virtues of Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir. And fleeting fashion has drawn me to Grenache, Tempranillo and Malbec. But if there was just one wine available,

  • WINTER 2012

    Pairing food, wine and friends

    There is little more confounding than the quest to find the best pairing, the marriage, the perfect food to go with the perfect wine. First of all, the subjectivity scale is pegged on what good food is. Some would demand an extra teaspoon of sherry in the consomme in order to proclaim it worthy ...


    Drink Riesling like a man

    I have a Best Friend Forever. Riesling. In txt, that's my BFF (I have a teenager at home).

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