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Chekhov’s Last Words

An interesting snippet from a BBC email newsletter -
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It was a tradition in German medicine that, should a doctor be dying, beyond all hope of recovery, it was the duty of their attending medical colleagues to offer them a glass of champagne. The Russian playwright and author, Anton Chekhov, was a qualified doctor. […]

Harvest Report 2007: A Look at Sonoma County

Last week, representatives from the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Tourism Bureau converged on New York City to update the media and trade on the 2007 harvest.
In a rare opportunity, wine grapes had been flown in for the occasion, giving participants the chance to taste several different varieties. All of […]


I helped out at an event devoted to Prosecco last week. DOC Prosecco is experiencing a steady growth in sales in Europe with 40,200,000 bottles of 2006 sparkling Prosecco DOC sold to date. This was the first major tasting in the UK for 32 of the most important producers all from the DOC area of […]

Sing a song of six pièce…

Just so you know, a pièce is a Burgundian wine barrel capable of storing between 215 and 228 liters of wine.
But anyhoo.
I was debating what to write about this go around and, frankly, I’m a little wined out, despite the fact that we had two new bottles in the past 72 hours. Or maybe that […]

My Favorite Halloween Wine

That’s right… Halloween wine!
We all have guilty pleasures, those things we like that we don’t really want people to know we like. Examples could be a 45 year old truck driver that secretly listens to Ashlee Simpson CDs while on the road, or a vegetarian that goes to the next town to buy bacon once […]

Wine in the Time of Global Warming

An image of a grape vine trellised to a date palm provides a whimsical view of what the future might hold for viticulture in the next fifty years. However, the article that accompanies this illustration makes it clear that the impact of global warming is no laughing matter (Goldfarb 2006). Moreover, despite former U.S. Vice […]

Tag Your Wine With These Hip Charms

A few years ago, wine charms were all the rage.  Heck, they still might be, but I haven’t seen a lot of them lately.  If the wine charm phase was a little too cutesy for you, the folks at Modern Twist have a sleek, hip new charm that may be more your speed.  It slips […]

Goats in the Glass, Goats in the Grass

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that I’m a fan of the pun.
Well, they might not. It’s a deep, dark secret of mine. Even more secret than that whole hobo killing thing…
Which I guess isn’t as secret now as it used to be.
One of my favorite wines… or, at least, a wine […]

American Wine Awards ‘07

October marks an important month in terms of American wine — Food and Wine magazine gives out their annual awards for what they deem the best American wines out there.  This is the tenth year of the awards, and a number of new wines popped up on the list, including a few old favorites.  An […]

Heart Wine Stoppers for a Good Cause

Every year, during the month of October, there are a number of pink-hued products that crop up to support breast cancer research.  Being particularly fond of the color pink myself, this is just what I don’t need … more temptation! 
Today’s find comes from the fabulous Red Envelope company — heart wine stoppers. Aren’t they […]