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This week, all hell broke lose and I was in desperate need of good wine to survive. By “all hell” I mean broken legs, broken refrigerators, and broken resolve regarding housework thanks to puppies that aren’t housebroken. Luckily for me (and everyone forced to be around me)Snooth was hosting a ...

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  • May 1, 2015

Glass wine bottles poolside? No thanks. Tailgating with bottles? Bad form. Boxed wine at a picnic? Not Instagram-worthy. Enter everyone’s favorite beverage container: the aluminum can. Not only portable and recyclable, but reliable and cheap since their invention in the 1930s! Shockingly, ...

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  • April 21, 2015

If Beaujoulais is the soft, fruity red of early fall, then the Spanish underdog Bobal is its springtime equivalent. This  ancient Spanish variety that dominates vineyards across Valencia isn’t one that comes up often on menus or the pages of Wine Spectator, but it should. Beyond its traditional ...

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  • March 24, 2015

I recently took part in  a food-pairing themed tasting at Vino Noceto, a small winery in my new home of Amador County, California. The team here paried six of their winves with delicious bites from a local caterer and man did their Sangiovese sing. In California, this Italian grape is labelled ...

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  • November 18, 2014

Chances are, if you go into your local wine store or bar and ask for Counoise, the salesperson or bartender will look at you like you’re crazy. If you stumble upon this French grape anywhere, however, go for it. Counoise hails from France’s Southern Rhône Valley, where it makes up a meager ...

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  • October 29, 2014

In one of my favorite wine books, The Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, the author describes wine as a “grocery, not a luxury.”  I’ve taken that advice to heart, but the sad result is that groceries are often wasted. With wines, it’s usually because I fall asleep drinking them. ...

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  • October 23, 2014

It’s Wednesday, the unofficial (but pretty official) “Hump” day that marks the middle of the week. In an effort to mitigate the effects of “Hump” day, which for those of us with  non-traditional schedules can mean Monday, I always try to drink something awesome. Today, awesomeness was ...

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  • May 13, 2014