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Foie Gras in LA: Best Places to Indulge Before the Ban

(21) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 3:25 PM

June is almost upon us, which brings us to the (technically) last 30 days in which it is legal to sell foie gras in California. Although how this law will be enforced remains an open question, the law as it is written will prohibit the "force feed[ing of]...

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The Peculiar Defenses of the 100 Point Wine Rating System

(6) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Last year, my very first post here was a takedown of the 100 point wine rating system as employed by mainstream wine writers. It was written in the form of an explanation of its inherent worthlessness and irrelevance in the contemporary wine market coupled with an assertion of...

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An Open Appeal to Wine Geek Wine Buyers

(16) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 6:45 PM

I love wine geeks. They're my kind of people. Hell, I'm a proud, unrepentant wine geek. If you show me a pre-phylloxera Cannonau grown by a fifth-generation peg-legged Sardinian fishwife, I'll pop a vein and you can shoot that straight into my vena cava.

(I don't think...

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The DOC (or DO or AOC): Nobody Does it Better

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 9:30 PM

At a bad restaurant in Hollywood with an even worse wine list, I was having drinks with some non-wine business colleagues. When someone mentioned they really liked Viognier, I brought up how much I loved French Viognier from the Northern Rhone. A complaint came up about French wines and how...

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Time in a Bottle: A Quick Shorthand for Cellar-Aging Wine

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 9:28 AM

Although the image of an old bottle of wine, crusted with cellar age-label peeling off-is a romantic one, the perception that all wine-or even most wine-needs years of aging is an incorrect one. "How long should I age this?" is one of the most common questions wine makers and sellers...

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Sulfites But Still Won't Believe Anyway

(61) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 12:48 PM

This is a revision and expansion of an article originally published on The Satellite Show.

You're not allergic to sulfites.

Well, probably not.

For some reason the sulfite question has popped up in the wine world a lot recently. I think it's a combination of...

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When Is an Organic Wine Not 'Organic'?

(40) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 4:48 PM

There's a lot more organic wine out there than you think.

Plenty of other writers have rehashed the various requirements for organic wine making and why it is so difficult for a properly made wine to be USDA Organic, so I won't delve into that here.

Instead, I'd like...

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Rethinking the Wine Aroma Wheel

(26) Comments | Posted March 27, 2011 | 10:12 AM

A relatively modern Jewish parable:

A young bride prepares her first celebratory meal for her husband. She decides to make brisket according to her mother's recipe. To prepare the roast, she cuts off each end, just as she'd seen her mother do. That evening, her husband says, "Honey, this meat...
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2010 Provence Rosé, An Early Disappointment?

(10) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 11:25 AM

Real men wear pink and, if the skyrocketing popularity of dry rosé wine over the past few years is any indication, real men drink pink too.

I love rosé wine and find it to be one of the best wines for drinking with a meal. It has the refreshing crispness,...

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Cabernet Sauvignon: It's Not A Dirty Word

(18) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 1:55 PM

There's a perception that there are only two camps of wine enthusiasts. The first only drinks high-alcohol new oak-aged Napa Cab and Bordeaux stamped with a 90+ point seal of approval and the second only drinks biodynamically farmed Schiava, hand-picked by Jacobite monks a fortnight after the first...

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The 100-Point Scale is Dead, of Pity for Wine Hath it Died

(17) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 4:22 PM

(An earlier version of this article was originally published at The Satellite Show. You can read the original version and read the response from Wine Spectator Executive Editor Thomas Matthews, as well as my reply, here.)

I've been perplexed in the last several months by online...

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