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Persephone Rising: Korbel Champagnes as a Rite of Spring

The Greeks had a lovely myth about the arrival of spring: Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, was forced to spend half the year in the dark underworld, and during her sojourn there with Hades, human beings endured an … Continue reading

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With Jack London in Mendoza: A Wine Recommendation – Antigal Uno Malbec 2008

I think that Jack London would have loved Mendoza, the province in Argentina that produces the country’s best wines. Look at the photograph on the left, which shows a typical vineyard in the region, and then consider these words London … Continue reading

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The Best of the West: Purple Cowboy 2009 Tenacious Red Wine

Now listen up, partners, because I have found a wine that delivers incredible value for the money, a wine so good, that coyotes out on the lone prairie are probably howling about it right now: Purple Cowboy 2009 Tenacious Red … Continue reading

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Such stuff as dreams are made on: Two Wines from Joseph Phelps Vineyards

We all have had dreams that were so vivid and extraordinarily lovely that their memory haunted us long beyond awakening, filling our daytime hours with delight. If you can now recall one such reverie, then you will know what sort … Continue reading

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Springtime in a Bottle: Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2009 Eisrebe

We are now experiencing, as Dickens so aptly put it, “those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold.” In response to such seasonal uncertainties, I      suggest that there are two splendid wine-related strategies for keeping … Continue reading

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Wine Recommendation: The Federalist 2008 Visionary Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Alexander Hamilton is          justifiably celebrated as one of the Founding Fathers of our Republic, and his           contributions to “The        Federalist Papers” are        required reading for any student of American history. Just as importantly, he was an enthusiastic champion for the … Continue reading

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Wine Recommendation: A Golden Vintage: Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2007 Insignia

Most of us have childhood memories of “Rumpel-     stiltskin,” a fairy tale that concerns a stranger with a mysterious name and a woman who, with the help of magic, can spin straw into gold. We smile at such things as … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Border Collies – A Wine Recommendation: Verge Wine Cellars 2009 Dry Creek Valley Rose’ of Syrah

I apologize at the outset of this posting for its misleading title. Anyone who has visited this website knows that it would be more accurate to call it “Troubles with a Particular Border Collie,” since Jack, the pompous, Anglophiliac canine … Continue reading

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Of Turkey and Turkeys: Three Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

I will be spending Thanksgiving in Boulder, Colorado this year, in the testing company of my three wayward sons. I know that sentimentalists will expect me to write something smarmy about holiday feasts enjoyed with family and friends, but I … Continue reading

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Wine Recommendation: Dry Creek Vineyard 2006 The Mariner

Sailors have always been masterful storytellers, and perhaps the greatest of all sea tales begins with words familiar to every student of Western Civilization: “It is time that I told you of the disastrous voyage Zeus gave me.” While not … Continue reading

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