Author Archives: classof1855

The Elegance of Wine

A few weeks ago I had a small soirée with friends. Virtually everyone that attended is a serious and very knowledgeable wine collector (or is the other half of a collector) and are people that I have had the great pleasure to know and taste wine with over the course of years. There were eighteen

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Insanity Defined

Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” (paraphrased). It is certainly a feasible elucidation considering Mr. Einstein’s world. I posit that as it relates to the wine world, the definition of insanity is ‘anyone that could actually believe Rudy Kurniawan

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What’s So Great About California Wine?

Lots of things are great. Anyone reading this blog for any time at all knows I am a dyed-in-the-wool aficionado of old-world style wine. So, you may ask, what is it that suddenly put me on the path to write about California wine? Deep, dark despair, dear readers, and it’s all Doug Shafer’s fault. I’ll

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Provenance of Fine Wine

Buying older vintages of wine is not without its risk, especially given the cost of fine wine, but it also has tremendous rewards if you’re careful. With lots of legal issues in the news lately surrounding wine, it’s always a good time to take stock of your wine buying practices to make sure you are

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The Wines of Summer

      It’s not that I don’t drink white wine in winter months, I do, but not as often and usually to prepare the palate for things yet to be poured. More and more, however, I find myself getting excited about approaching summer months, just so I can enjoy white wine as a wine

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How Do You Say That Word?

What You Need To Know About Wine Pronunciations My love of wine runs very deep and if you’re reading this, yours probably is too. Great wine in and of itself, however, is not the end of it. Because wine is so multidimensional there is seemingly endless amounts of information available and I enjoy the cerebral,

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