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Pissed off at black people? You’ll probably vote for Trump

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  If Trump wins this thing it will be in large part because of the way white and Asian voters interpret the state of black America. Yesterday there was a Facebook video making the rounds. It was of a rather angry middle-aged white woman, who said she was “in real estate,” decrying the condition of […]

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From the Diary of Kimberley Strassel

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  Dear Diary, Well, I just wrote my 47th column on Hillary’s emails. They’ve all been pretty much the same—Hillary is a she-devil who did bad things and is crooked. Only I did come up with a clever new slogan: I called 2016 “the year of the Democratic email dump.” Of course, just between me […]

Trump’s road to the White House: more domestic violence, more cop deaths

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  Trump is clearly pandering to a law-and-order crowd, overwhelmingly white, that is fed up with attacks—verbal and physical—against cops. Hillary is just the opposite: calling for more sensitivity on the part of cops, and in general siding with BLM. But there are risks for both. Trump’s risk is obvious: he’s already pegged as a […]

Reflecting on the Golden Age of Wine Critics

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    Michael Mondavi, whom I’ve known for a long time, invited me to lunch the other day. Over a leisurely meal of sushi at Ozumo in Oakland, our chat naturally ranged all over the board, wine-wise, but it certainly included a good deal of reminiscing. Hey, that’s what you do when you reach a […]

Republicans: Facts don’t matter, and journalists shouldn’t bother checking them

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  Matt Lauer, the host of the morning entertainment program, “Today Show,” is certainly no journalist, as his abysmal and justifiably criticized performance last week on NBC’s commander-in-chief forum made evident. He is a celebrity talk show host, and a minor celebrity himself, who gives his interviewees softball questions so they can brag ab...

Deplorables: “Hillary caused the NYC bomb”

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  It didn’t take Republicans much time to pin the New York-New Jersey bombings on—guess who?—Hillary! I’m naming names. Here’s Deplorable Laura, on Twitter: “Ahmad Khan Rahami is just another one of those peaceful Muslims that Hillary keeps talking about.” The delightful Ms. Laura also has an ungrammatic message for Democrats: “This is terrori...

If Trump wins, here are seven things Democrats must do

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  Democrats have been feeling pretty demoralized this past week. Many of us were alarmed when we read Nate Silver’s spine-shivery headline, “Democrats Should Panic…if the Polls Look Like This in a Week.” The Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition had this scary news on the front page: “Millennials Have Cooled on Hillary Clinton.” Over in [̷...

More “hard truths” Trump supporters need to be told in the Wall Street Journal

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  Amazingly, even the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page can occasionally (italics deliberate) run something moderately critical of the Republican Party and Trump. You can almost overhear the chit-chat between the WSJ’s deputy editors-in-chief when a columnist hands in something the Trump camp won't like. That conversation goes something like th...

Let’s not make wine more complicated than it already is

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  In the immortal words of Vince “Buzzsaw” Kosciuszko: Now that I’m retired I can’t get fired! So I feel free to express my REAL opinions on wine stuff. There’s a video going around Facebook that I disagree with, even though it portrays a lot of heavyweights who, IMHO, are simply wrong. (They include Phillippe […]

Trump’s bladder issues: Is he ready to be President?

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  Donald Trump has to go to the bathroom so frequently, according to reports from both his Secret Service detail and inner circle, that his schedule needs to be constantly readjusted to keep up with his needs. “It’s unbelievable,” one Secret Service agent, who did not wish to be identified for obvious reasons, told the […]

Why diehard Bernie supporters are their own worst enemy

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  “In retrospect it is clear,” says George H. Mayer, in his history of the Republican Party, “that Progressivism first revitalized the Republican party and then disrupted it.” The popular Progressive movement, for greater civil liberties and firmer government control of “trusts,” had gathered momentum in the first decade of the new, 21st centu...

Let’s get Hillary: a modern witch hunt from Republicans

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  I spent part of yesterday watching yet another Republican-led House of Representatives investigation into “Hillary Clinton’s emails,” and believe me, you know that old saying about “more boring than watching paint dry”? Yup, that’s how nothing this circus was. Repubs know they’re digging a dry well, just as the holes they dug on Benghazi [&#...

What is this obsession Repubs have with “strength”?

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  “Strength” has long been a staple of the Republican tool kit. Republicans claim to be the “strong” political party, while deriding Democrats as weak, especially in the area of foreign policy. Does this claim bear up under scrutiny? And what does it mean? This assertion of “strength” is a mainstay of Trump’s campaign. As […]

Beekeeper Cellars: Two Zinfandels

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  I never reviewed Beekeeper Cellars’s Zinfandels when I was at Wine Enthusiast because they didn’t send me samples! But last year, they sent me a mini-vertical of their Madrone Spring Vineyard Zinfandel (2010-2013) and what a treat that was! Two 94s and two 95s. And now they’ve sent me a pair of 2014s. 95 […]

GOP: Zika? Who cares? We want to fly the Confederate flag!

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  Everybody knows the Zika virus is a menace. Last month the Centers for Disease Control issued “an unprecedented travel warning” to pregnant women, and repeated that warning on Monday, adding that women in susceptible groups “should get tested for the virus.” Considering the seriousness, President Obama and Senate Democrats urged Congress, on...

Why do white men overwhelmingly back Trump?

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  Throughout history, white males have taken their superiority—over women, over men of color, over other men they look down on—for granted. To understand the precedence of white men, in the West at least, we need to look at the book that has most shaped Western thinking: the Bible. That the people of the Old […]

Putting reverse spin on Trump’s deportation flip-flop

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  It is a staple of American politics for candidates to be vague about certain of their positions. Republicans and Democrats alike have thrown up obscuring smokescreens around issues that make them uncomfortable since the founding of the Republic. For example, in late 19th century post-Reconstruction America, one of the burning issues was Civi...

Leaked Trump campaign documents detail minority outreach strategy

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  Following his successful outreach to Black voters over the past two weeks, Trump feeling the spirit in a Black church Donald Trump is planning similar approaches to other minority groups in order to win them over, according to documents obtained by the Huffington Post. The documents, prepared by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, reflect the...

Trump’s Dozens: America’s Insulter-in-Chief

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  In Black culture, there is a spoken-word game, The Dozens, in which (to quote Wikipedia), “participants insult each other…in front of an audience…until one gives up.” Among the more common topics for insulting one’s opponent are “lack of intelligence, ugliness, cowardice, poor hygiene, and exaggerations of physical defects…” (Eminem's ...

On the Vatican’s influence in American politics: the Murdoch connection

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  In no other major U.S. newspaper but Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal will you find, right there on the editorial page, a column that could have been written for L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of Vatican City and thus of the Roman Catholic Church. A recent example was last Friday’s “review” of the new movie, […]

In Defense of Hillary: Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, and those emails

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  A reader comments: “If you want to have an impact on this election I suggest you work on a rigorous defense and explanation of Hillary’s shortcomings and mistakes rather than focusing on what should be painfully obvious about Trump being the most worthless candidate possibly ever.” Fair enough. Let’s go. Trump’s flip-flop on immigration [...

As the Republican Party breaks up, what does it mean for America?

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  In no other space in America is the schizophrenia at the heart of the Republican Party on more garish display than in the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal. In that jarring asylum, columnists have been utterly flummoxed by the Trump phenomenon. It quickly became clear that Rupert Murdoch was not a Trump […]

Two words for angry Trump voters: You’re wrong

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  This “anger” issue said to be driving the election fascinates me. People are said to be so angry that they’ll vote for the one person who seems angrier than they are: Trump. I grant that Americans are angry. But over what? For sure, a lot of middle class voters lost their jobs and thus […]

The Last Tasting: a happy one

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  (This is a real-time stream of consciousness report on a tasting I did yesterday, Tuesday. In all probability it was the last professional event I will ever do now that I’m retired.) 10 a.m. Arrived early in downtown Napa for the tasting. Sitting here by the river, on the Napa River Trail, sorting my […]

Why Republicans suck

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  Although I was raised in a Democratic household, I always considered myself a middle-of-the-roader. I hardly paid any attention to Presidential elections until 1984, when I voted for Jesse Jackson in the California primary, and for Mondale in the general election. But in 1988, I voted for the Republican, George H.W. Bush. Dukakis seemed [...

I just retired!

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  Last Friday, I told Rick Tigner, the CEO of Jackson Family Wines and a man for whom I have the utmost admiration, that I was quitting the job I’d held since March, 2014. Why? Because I turned 70 years old in June, and I’m feeling my age. I always had believed I would be […]

A rant on B.S. wine “reporting”

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I Googled “wine news” and here among the hits were these scintillating headlines: Expert reveals 3 things you need to know about drinking wine on planes Never spill your wine again with the __ wine glass and its metal stake Eva Longoria’s wine goals for T-shirt designs Delta pays a sommelier to pick wine for […]

Are we overdo for a paradigm shift in wine?

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  Copernican moments—also known as paradigm changes–don’t happen often. Change occurs constantly, but most changes shift reality only incrementally. Massive changes, the kind that set reality upside down, are fortunately few and far between—a good thing, otherwise life might prove unlivable. But, as Richard Mendelson, a Napa lawyer who r...

Review: A new, small book from Jancis

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  Jancis Robinson, “the most respected wine critic in the world” according to the cover of her new book, goes the route of brevity in this, our Twitter-addled world. “The 24-Hour Wine Expert” was just published by Abrams, a small house publisher specializing in art, photography and fashion. The book itself is small and thin, […]

Wine in barbershops?

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  That’s what the Washington Times is reporting. Seems my great state of California is considering allowing—not just barbershops—but beauty parlors too, a total of 42,000 shops in all, to serve wine and beer on their premises. The proposal is in the form of a bill, AB 1322, that would expand California’s current alcohol laws […]

Sacto, Are you ready? It’s The Sur Vs. Steve Show!

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  Off to Sacramento early this morning for a trade tasting the organizers are billing as “The Critic Vs. the Somm.” It’s kind of a M.M.A. smackdown beween Master Sommelier Sur Lucero and myself—or, at least, that’s what it’s purported to be. They expect a big turnout, I’m told. We’ll taste through a half-dozen or […]

Why would restaurateurs or wine merchants want to hear the thoughts of an aging critic?

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  You’d think they wouldn’t give a hoot. Wouldn’t they rather hear about the toast level of barrels, the composition of the soil, the angle of the slope with respect to the rising and setting of the sun, the type of crusher-destemmer, and the all-important details of pH and acidity? Well, actually, no. On these […]

Southern California beach towns love their wine

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  A personal value to me is to blog five days a week, a goal I’ve mostly achieved since 2008. However! Not every day is it possible, especially when I’m on the road, and my hosts keep me to a tight schedule that usually starts early in the morning and can last until nighttime. So […]

Live blogging from the Bloggers Conference

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  From the Wine Bloggers Conference agenda: Live Wine Blogging (White & Rose): This is the pre-eminent event at the Wine Bloggers Conference. Winemakers will each have five minutes to pour their wine, present their story, and answer questions from a table of bloggers. At the end of five minutes, winemakers will rotate to a […]

Au revoir, awesome Austin!

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  I’ve always wanted to come to Austin. I’d heard so much about how it’s the “San Francisco of Texas.” My friend Terry, from the tattoo shop, spent a year there, and loved it. My local drive-around buddies were from Republic distributors, Scott and Chris (whose picture I forgot to take). Scott actually drove me […]

Live! From the road–San Antonio

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  Gotta say that I’m really digging San Antonio. After big Houston, San Antone has more of a small town, neighborhoody and, dare I say it, soulful thing going on. Great downtown, lots of old brick buildings (and The Alamo!), and neighborhoods that are being rehabbed with cool new restaurants, clubs, bars. It reminded me […]

From Houston: Michelin won’t come here? Really?

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  I'm told by my friends and hosts here in Houston, Texas's biggest city and a financial and oil hub, that Michelin won't come here to review restaurants. If that's true, and they swear by it, it makes no sense. Houston is a great city, a port city that prides itself on its international culinary […]

Live! From Houston! It’s a road warrior

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  On the road again, this time in Houston, a town I have family roots in but can’t claim to know at all. They have a beautiful skyline but apparently the collapse in oil prices has hit it hard. I’m staying at The Houstonian, which I’m told used to be George H.W. Bush’s estate, and […]

The future of wine criticism: through my magic crystal

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  JOURNAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Aug. 1, 2056 It may be hard for today’s younger generation to believe, but once upon a time, the evaluation of wine was determined by people, not smart machines. Weird, no? But it’s true, and you don’t have to go very far back to arrive at such a strange era. […]

Tasting Paso Robles wines in–Oakland!

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  The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance held a big tasting at the Scottish Rite Temple (and don’t ask me what those Scottish “rites” are, cuz I don’t know!) yesterday. As this is just a hop, skip and jump from where I live, I took a walk along the Lake to catch up on what’s […]

On the road in “everybody’s favorite city,” San Francisco

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  Spent a delightful and as always an educational day yesterday accompanying some of our Sales people to a couple San Francisco restaurants. I always look forward to these trips, because they are sheer adventure. You never know what you’re going to get. We went first to a small eastern Mediterranean place in the Mission […]

What are California’s greatest vineyards?

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  What are California’s grand cru vineyards? Somebody at work asked me this question, for a project they’re working on, so it got me to thinking. Some years ago, I wrote an article for Wine Enthusiast (which I no longer have available, alas) on California’s five greatest vineyards. Before I could make that determination, I […]

Will the CIA get COPIA right? And, how do those Google search rankings work, anyway?

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  I’m glad they’ve finally figured out what to do with the old COPIA building, after all these years. And what is that, you ask? The facility will become “a satellite of the Greystone campus” of the Culinary Institute of America, which itself is in St. Helena, according to Eater. I wonder if it will […]

Thinking about history, while it’s being made all around us

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  In these dog days of summer, with dangerous wildfires burning up and down the coast, and the country in a state of political hallucination, I retreat into the pleasanter realms of wine history, where everything is neat, tidy and comprehensible. Well, almost. Dan Berger’s recent column on Santa Barbara wine history ignores one of […]

Tasting mountain wines with a valley appellation

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  Gus and I headed up to the Alexander Valley yesterday for a tasting. It was chilly and foggy in Oakland when we left early, and the ride could have been worse: only 1-3/4 hours. We drove up the 101 to Alexander Valley Road, turned east through some awfully pretty wine country, and then—before reaching […]

Can you “train” a palate?

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  I picked up an older issue of Bon Appetit in which the “Starters” column (a sort of “Ask Bon Appetit anything you want” feature) has the following question from a reader: Dear BA, I often hear chefs on cooking shows…talking about a person’s palate…What exactly does that mean, and can I train my own […]

What to expect when you pay hundreds of dollars for dinner—and why you do it

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  How much money is too much money for a multi-course dinner at one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top restaurants? That’s what the San Francisco Chronicle’s longtime restaurant critic, Michael Bauer, asked this past Sunday in this article, in which he takes to task Bay Area restaurants that raise their prices to astronomical […]

Older wine in restaurants? Not worth the risk

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  Somm Journal executive editor David Gadd asks the pertinent question of what to do when you let a sommelier hand-sell you a glass of older wine, and when you taste it, it’s over the hill. I say the question is pertinent, because we see this happening with greater frequency nowadays, what with these older […]

Vive La France!

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  One hardly knows where to begin to grieve for France. The birthplace of fine wine – still the inspiration – our hearts go out to the people of France and particularly of Nice. For myself, I plan to show my support by drinking wine all weekend.  

Thursday throwaway: Drink while you shop, and cookie-cutter Napa Valley Cab

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  It hasn’t come to my local Whole Foods yet, but it looks like it’s on the way: “Sip ‘n Shop.” According to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, that’s where “Some high-end supermarkets are turning into neighborhood watering holes. Many have set aside space for wine bars…Some stores encourage shoppers to ‘sip ‘n shop,’ drinking while […]

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