Happy Bastille Day!

I have been fortunate enough to celebrate La Fête Nationale Francaise – Le Quatorze Juillet, a holiday marking the anniversary of the fall on July 14, 1789 of the Bastille, in Paris on a number of occasions. As readers of this blog know, I was a Francophile in my early life and majored in French... Continue Reading →

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Wine & Food: Lugana DOC & Chinese Food

I hosted a dinner this evening at a well-known Chinese restaurant called Jing Fong in Chinatown.  I had help from a friend, Pinny Tam, who pens a blog called Chinese and Wine Pairings.  I think I speak for all 10 people at the dinner when I say no one will need to eat until two... Continue Reading →

Monday Musings: Aged White Wines

Today's Monday musings is about aging white wines. During a recent class from the Vinitaly International Academy, part of our exam was to choose three Italian white varieties to watch. To me that also meant three Italian varieties that can age. My group choose our three - Garganega, Fiano and Verdicchio. In keeping with that... Continue Reading →

Happy #Lambruscoday 2019

Today is #Lambrusco day. The world of Lambrusco is fascinating and whenever I try one, I am transported back to Emilia, a region I love and where I went to graduate school. A city that should be on your radar, the whole region in fact. I've written many posts on Lambrusco which can be found... Continue Reading →

Monday Musings: Wine Education

My Monday musing is about wine education and it's importance to the industry and to me personally. I finally got around to taking my French Wine Scholar exam today. It was a long time in the making. I had been signed up and continued paying my extension for years. This time though, I actually really... Continue Reading →

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's day. My dad is so many things and has taught me so much about everything but this is a wine blog so this is the story of how my dad introduced me to the world of wine. It started when I was young and he made wine in the basement with our neighbor... Continue Reading →

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