Men are from Cabernet, Women are from Schioppettino?

Men are from Cabernet,  Women are from Schioppettino? How to spot a future WINE EXPO-ista in 30 seconds: Last year a couple visiting from the nation’s capitol dashed in to your favorite wine emporium to get a gift on the way to a birthday celebration. Within less than a minute the husband says, “Let’s go, I’ve never heard of any of these wines…”, to which the wife replies, “I know, isn’t that wonderful, it will take a couple of hours just to explore this place!”. Dagwood, figuring he had to...

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Guarding the Global Cellar

A Musical / Vinous blast from the past: Hot List 7.23.02: Guarding the Global Cellar This week we heard the sad news that one of our greatest inspirations, musicologist Alan Lomax, had passed away after dedicating more than seventy years to recording, preserving and evangelizing about what he called The Global Juke Box, meaning the incredibly diverse musical heritage of the human race. In his quest to make the songs and hence the stories, emotions and histories of every nook and cranny of not just the US but the...

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Fruit? We don’t need no stiiiiinkin’ Fruit!

The Sayings of Chairman Dave:  Fruit? We don’t need no stiiiiinkin’ Fruit! “Much of what American wine-drinkers drink with their meals has flashy young fruit in it…. most of what wine journals recommend is jerry-rigged with ‘fruit bombs’ … In my experience, however, fruit in general only serves to make wine glossier, to make it more capable of standing out at a wine judging…. It does not make wine any better with food. In fact, I contend, the presence of fruit in a wine is, generally...

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Wine? What is it FOR anyway?

Wine? What is it FOR anyway? You may have heard us say that “Most wine is not SUPPOSED to be ART, it’s Groceries!” meaning that, in general, wine is meant to a normal part of everyday meals as a help to both digestion and conviviality. Accordingly, we would just as soon see you buy a case of good “everyday stuff” as a bottle of Riserva Brunello for the same price. But, mostly for amusement, we do often “lurk” on the sort of Internet Wine Boards where a tiny minority of the wine buying population post...

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Wine + Music = Bliss!