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Turn Up The Piiiiiinot (IPNC 2014 Alfresco Tasting Highlights)

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As you read this, I’ll be in Hungary, a trip in which half of is a curated media tour, and the the other half a working stint doing some video interview stuff that I will discuss later, but about which I am particularly excited (not just because it’s a paying gig, but also because it […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting...

1 Wine Dude 1 day ago

Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

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It seems that every quarter we get predictions about the next big thing in the U.S. wine market. Like most predictions, these are almost always wrong and therefore actually have, at best, neutral value for the wine biz (it could be argued that since they’re almost always incorrect, they have negative value if decisions are […] Grab The 1Wine...

1 Wine Dude 3 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 15, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 4 days ago

Siduri Single Vineyard Recent Releases

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Earlier this week, we got into the head of the rabble-rousing guy behind the Siduri label, Adam Lee. That interview turned out to be too interesting for me to edit significantly, and so I decided to take advantage of the online format’s theoretically limitless space and publish as much of it as I could. But […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting...

1 Wine Dude 8 days ago

Getting Inside The Head Of Siduri’s Adam Lee

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Siduri’s Adam Lee is a rabble-rouser. He’s probably most known for producing interesting Pinot Noirs using from several different west coast vineyards (more on some of those single-vineyard wines later this week). He’s also pretty well known for something else: a couple of years ago, while taking part in a panel on alcohol levels and […] Gra...

1 Wine Dude 10 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 8, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 11 days ago

Day For Night (Two Bright Stars From The High End Of The Sample Pool)

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“Why you want to keep trying? You never get it right When you could be living day for night Live my dream There's no dancing in between Why not let it go?” - “Day for Night” by Spock’s Beard Quite often, I find myself delving into the wine sample pool and coming up empty. Not […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting more ou...

1 Wine Dude 15 days ago

Why Pennsylvania Liquor Control Is Doomed

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It has occurred to me recently that Pennsylvania’s monopoly control of the purchase, distribution, and sale of alcohol in the state is doomed. I cannot tell you exactly when it will fall, or exactly how it will fall, but I think I can safely tell you that fall it will, and that we can safely […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start...

1 Wine Dude 17 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 1, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 18 days ago

The Wine Blogging Community Is A Joke, Part Two

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Back at the beginning of August, we generated a bit of controversy here (imagine that!) with my rant commentary on wine blogging, titled The Wine Blogging Community Is A Joke (But It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way). C’mon, with a nice, restrained title like that, who would’ve anticipated controversy?… Much commenting, sharing, linking, and […] ...

1 Wine Dude 22 days ago

Oregon, Unexpected (Answers.com August 2014 Wine Article Roundup)

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Summer, we hardly knew ye… August is drawing to a close, as is what felt like the briefest (and mildest, for us Communistwealth of PA dwellers) Summer on record. As we’ve been doing every month for quite some time here, we now take a gander back at this month’s Answers.com wine articles, which I humbly […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guid...

1 Wine Dude 24 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 25, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 25 days ago

A Quiet Resistance (Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Pinot Noir, In Retrospect)

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Generally speaking, when you’re attending a Pinot Noir masterclass-style tasting hosted by one of a wine region’s most historically significant properties, it’s not considered good form to giggle like an eight year-old girl. Which, of course, didn’t stop me from doing it. The trouble was, I just found the irony so damned funny, it was […] Gr...

1 Wine Dude 29 days ago

I Whine On iWineRadio (And Thoughts On The Simple Reasons Behind Why We Should Love Wine)

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Last week, I had the pleasure of having my name added to the impressive guest list of those who’ve been interviewed by Lynn Krielow Chamberlain on her iWineRadio podcast. The short (for my run-on mouth, anyway), and relatively safe for work (by my standards, which admittedly are rather loose) interview is embedded/linked below for your […] G...

1 Wine Dude 31 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 18, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 32 days ago

Cuckoo And Cocka-doodle-doo (Coquerel And Toquade Recent Sauvignon Blanc Releases)

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At this point, I think that we’ve established that Bordeaux native Christine Barbe is at least a little bit crazy. Very talented, but a little crazy. Crazy enough to justify the namesake of her personal brand, Toquade, anyway. She has, after all, devoted a significant portion of her current winemaking career to – egads! – […] Grab The ...

1 Wine Dude 36 days ago

Well, That Was Easy. Not. (“The Once And Future Of Crete” In August 2014 SOMM Journal)

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My feature on the wines of the Greek isle of Crete is now available in the August 2014 issue of SOMM Journal. That twenty-two word sentence belies what has to be one of the longest paths to seeing something published that I’ve ever had to walk. Not that the folks at SOMM Journal / Tasting […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start ge...

1 Wine Dude 38 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 11, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 39 days ago

Lower Alcohol Wines Can Still Get You Sh*t-faced (What We Drank With The Greeks, Part III)

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If you are under any delusions about lower (under 14% abv) alcohol wines being inherently superior to higher (15% abv and above) alcohol wines, let my recent foray into the lonesome and loathsome territory of sweating profusely from dehydration and feeling nauseous in the middle of the night be a beacon of light guiding you […] Grab The 1Win...

1 Wine Dude 43 days ago

The Wine Blogging Community Is A Joke (But It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way)

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During the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, I performed one of the more self-serving actions of my entire life (and that’s saying something, right there). During Corbett Barr’s keynote speech, I clapped deliberately and loudly when Barr told the conference-goers that the wine blogging community needs to do more to work together and...

1 Wine Dude 45 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 4, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 46 days ago

Same Old Song (Ridge Lytton Springs Recent Releases)

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“We sing the same old songJust like a vintage car,You can look, but you won’t ever drive it.We drink the same old wineFrom a brand new jar,We get hung-over, but we always survive it.”- “New Song” by The Who Some tasks are just… unenviable. Take, for example, trying to say something new about iconic California […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasti...

1 Wine Dude 50 days ago

Reviews (And Wine Labels) ‘R’ Us (Answers.com Wine Article Roundup, July 2014)

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We wind down yet another summer month (a scorcher for me, since we spent a good portion of it without a working central AC system at 1WD HQ), and so we have another round of Wine.Answers.com article highlights for your reading pleasure. I was in full-on review mode this month, in an attempt to make […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide an...

1 Wine Dude 52 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 28, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 53 days ago

Come Original (On Negative Reviews, #WBC14, Boring Wine Writing, & Non-Boring Wines)

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“A warning to the crews out there who think they're hot, if you're not original rockers you will get shot down by the kids neglectin' your art, the stuff you did, eventually it get so bad puts you to bed ’cause when the lightning flashes sweet electricity, all the world then stands revealed with the […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide a...

1 Wine Dude 57 days ago

1WineDude.com TV Episode 61: “How The Pros Taste” From #WBC14

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Some of you asked for it, so here it is: our panel on how the pros taste wine from the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, CA. Or most of our panel, anyway; as much of it as could be recorded before my video camera lost its juice. More thoughts on the wines that […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting more out ...

1 Wine Dude 59 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 21, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 60 days ago

“One Foot Old World, One Foot New World” (Quivira Recent Releases)

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Ask Quivira winemaker (sorry, winegrower, as they prefer to call him) Hugh Chappelle for the Cliff Notes version of their style, and this is what you’ll get: “One foot Old World, one foot New World.” That's a pretty darned good summation, based on my recent visit to their Dry Creek Valley winery. I should give […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tast...

1 Wine Dude 64 days ago

Blurbs South Of The Border (On Evan Goldstein’s “Wines Of South America”)

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There are moments that mark a sort of rite of passage for personalities in any field. With respect to writing on the topic of wine, there’s the first time you’re given a wine sample, the first time you’re invited to a tasting event or a tour of a wine region, the first time someone quotes […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start ge...

1 Wine Dude 66 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 14, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 67 days ago

Not Seeing Bottom Line Impact From Wine Social Media Efforts? Then You’re Using It Incorrectly!

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Disappointed that your wine sales aren't seeing an impact from your social media efforts? Then this study of the social media impacts experienced by nearly 400 U.S. wineries strongly suggests that you are approaching social media incorrectly. Which will come as a surprise to exactly.no-one who reads this big regularly. http://www.winebusiness.com/n...

1 Wine Dude 70 days ago

“Tough To Spit” (Dispatch From 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

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Every once in a while, you get a gig that is so good, you just have to pinch yourself to test if it’s all real and you’re actually getting paid to have so much fun. Such was the case at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition, which wrapped up a couple of weeks ago […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting more...

1 Wine Dude 71 days ago

How The Pros Taste (Wine Bloggers Conference 2014)

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This weekend, I’ll be partying at attending the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, an area with which, I’m happy to say, I am now quite familiar, and where I have quite a few friends trying to make a living in this crazy wine business of ours. During the first full day of the […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start ge...

1 Wine Dude 73 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 7, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 74 days ago

Crowd Pleasers For The Grill, From Cretans (Highlights From Wines Of Crete 2014 Tastings)

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Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking about the native varieties of Crete at tastings in both NYC and D.C., organized by The Connected Table and Wines of Crete. Minor pronunciation snafus aside, I had a blast introducing the trade to the grape varieties and wines on display at both events, and it’s exciting […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Ta...

1 Wine Dude 78 days ago

How Bad Is The Wine Biz At Digital? According To This, Really, Really Bad.

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My friend Paul Mabray, of Vintank, recently gave a speech at the 2014 Wine Communicators of Australia event. The topic was, roughly speaking, the digital divide in the wine world. You can read a transcript of the entire talk given by Paul here. And if you’re in the wine biz, you really, really need to […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide...

1 Wine Dude 80 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 30, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 81 days ago

Georgia (Sangiovese) On My Mind (Dispatch From The 2014 Critics Challenge)

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No, you didn’t see one of these selections coming, okay? Don’t even try it. No one, least of all me, would buy it for even a second. This Summer, I once again had the pleasure of judging at the Critics Challenge in (stay classy) San Diego, my second stint as a judge there. A more […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting mor...

1 Wine Dude 85 days ago

From DCV To Rioja, By The Numbers (June 2014 Wine.Answers.com Article Round-up)

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This month over at Wine.Answers.com, the following tidbits ensued for your wine reading/learning/geeking pleasure. While several numbers are involved, math is not, so if you find math mind-numbingly boring as I do, you can proceed to the following articles without fear: The 411 on DCV: I recently took a junket jaunt to Dry Creek Valley […] G...

1 Wine Dude 87 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 23, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 88 days ago

Investing In Fine Wine Is (Still) For Fools

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We have (rather strong) anecdotal evidence that purchasing fine wines as investment vehicles is, for most people, an absurdly bad idea. Those examples, as strong as they are, could be criticized as falling under the “fallacy of small numbers” category, however, which might lead the hopelessly duped eternal optimists out there to conclude that in [&...

1 Wine Dude 92 days ago

The Release Of Your Wine Is Not “News”

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but someday you’re gonna die. Also, the release of your wine almost certainly isn’t newsworthy, and your press release about it is probably superfluous, the end. To test whether or or not your wine release is, in fact, newsworthy, I have devised this handy (and incredibly […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tastin...

1 Wine Dude 94 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 16, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 95 days ago

Obscure Grapes, Dry British Humor, And Not-So-Dry Weather (Tasting And Recording At Philly’s Jet Wine Bar)

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On a (very, very, monsoon-season-like) wet day in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, I spent some time in the basement of Philly’s Jet Wine Bar on South Street, being interviewed for a podcast by owner (and archeologist – she was about to embark on a multi-stop tour taking her to Italy, Scotland, and Iraq) […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting...

1 Wine Dude 99 days ago

Here Comes The Judge… Again… And Again… (Critics Challenge And SF International Wine Competitions 2014)

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Over the next two insane weeks, I’ll be waving to the Midwesterners among you from 30,000 feet as I fly back and forth across our great country twice in order to lend my taste buds (and, no doubt, subsequently further increase not only my frequent flier mileage but also my dental hygiene and surgical fees) […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting ...

1 Wine Dude 101 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 9, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 102 days ago

“David, The Wine4.Me App Is Here. Hello Jeanine.”

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Those not getting the title reference today need to hang their heads in total shame! No wine for you!! Anyway… remember, about a year ago, when we talked about the data behind a new wine app, Wine4.me? Well, I’m pleased to tell you that the Wine4.me app is (finally!) available for download in iTunes. The […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Gu...

1 Wine Dude 105 days ago

There’s A Wild Man In My Head (Cayuse Recent Releases)

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"And I'm Not sorry for The things I've said There's a wild man in my head There's a wild man In my head" - Morrissey, "I'm Not Sorry" Christophe Baron, the short, edgy, high-energy force behind Walla Walla’s controversial Cayuse, is sniffing dirt. And – in a very thick French accent that betrays his Charly-sur-Marne […] Grab The 1WineDude.co...

1 Wine Dude 106 days ago

Going Native (In NYC, D.C. And Glossy) With Wines Of Crete

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This Summer, I’ll once again become an honorary Cretan. For starters, next week I’ll be working with Wines of Crete in leading two trade and media educational seminars and tastings on the native grape varieties of the twelve recognized PDO and PGI designations of one of Greece's largest and most dynamic (and challenged!) winemaking regions. […...

1 Wine Dude 108 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 2, 2014

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So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 109 days ago
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