It’s true that you can generalize about North v. South in Northern Hemisphere. It’s cooler in the north and warmer in the south. Warmer climates mean riper grapes so a southerly wine will be fuller and fruitier right? Now this is where wine starts getting its bad reputation for being complicated because now we have…

I can’t really say that thought I would be spending Spring Break in Lodi, California. It’s certainly far from any tropical or exotic destination I hear most of my friends embarked upon (Argentina, Paris…) but for a person fully invested in the study of the wines of the world, when an educational opportunity presents itself,…

Someday I will learn how to make a living doing this…. Coming Up: Wanderlust travel readings at Idlewild Bookstore March 4 Vinho Verde workshop sponsored by the Comissão do Viticultura da Região dos Vinhos Verdes March 5 Tre Bicchieri grand tasting of Italian wines March 6 Sommelier Journal Terroir Experience in Lodi, Amador and El…

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the first Finger Lakes Palate event upstate. Please head to the official site or read about it from my friend Melissa Dobson.

The New York Times Travel Show wasn’t exactly what I expected! One thing thats not quite clear in the literature is that “trade day” is really meant for travel agents, not operators. I went to a couple of workshops and I picked up a few tidbits of information but everything was focused on how to…

Image by Robbin_G via Flickr I was warned by many about the zoo that is the Grand Tasting of the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers zinfandel festival. I don’t have much trouble getting trade credentials on the east coast, but with an event this size and my relative anonymity on the west coast I was happy…

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