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Furmint Adventures Episode 4: Paulay Winery

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In episode four of my Hungarian jaunt in search of dry Furmint, I visit Paulay Winery and guest house.  Yeah, the sertting is just as pretty as all of the previous Tokaj stops. Feel free to hate me! The owners of Paulay (the Hudáks, who you will "meet" in the video below), have both a […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start gettin...

1 Wine Dude 1 day ago

Burgundy, Your Schnoz, Global Warming, And 3000 Year Old Vino

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There have been some behind-the-scenes changes going on here at 1WD HQ. The more observant among you will notice that I finally ditched the comment engines altogether and have declared that war officially over, it having ended in my inglorious defeat. We'll be sticking to some enhanced WordPress comments from here on out. 1WD also […] Grab T...

1 Wine Dude 3 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 26, 2015

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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

Furmint Adventures Episode 3: Barta Winery

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The third episode of my Furmint Adventures is now available for your viewing edu-tainment. In this episode, I get my sorry lush ass dragged up to the Öreg Király d?l? (Old King Vineyard), an ancient volcano with an historic vineyard on it that was saved from oblivion by Károly Barta, owner of Barta Winery. Of […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasti...

1 Wine Dude 8 days ago

Are Wine Critics More Qualified Than Wine Bloggers?

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A friend of mine – Elaine Brown of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews – recently sent me a note indicating that another friend of mine (David White of Terroirist) and I were mentioned in an online article over at FirstWeFeast.com that was written by yet another friend of mine, Jonathan Cristaldi. Yeah, the wine world is […] Grab The 1WineDude....

1 Wine Dude 10 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 19, 2015

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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

Furmint Adventures Episode 2: Tokaj-Hétsz?l? Vineyards

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The second installment of my (drunken) Tokaj Furmint adventures is now available, embedded below for your viewing edu-tainment! In this week’s video, you’ll meet the affable (and very, very tall) Gergely Makai, winemaker at the famed Tokaj-Hétsz?l?. In this episode, Gergely and I manage to combine modern winemaking, Jedi Knight mind tricks, one of ...

1 Wine Dude 15 days ago

Italian Wine, Tunes, And Dude At VINO 2015 in NYC!

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What does great music have to do with killer Italian vino? I’m not 100% sure, either, but we’re going to find out at VINO 2015 in NYC, when the Italian Wine Week and Convention takes over the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue February 1-4! VINO 2015 will showcase 200+ Italian wine producers, and the days […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide...

1 Wine Dude 17 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 12, 2015

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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

Furmint Adventures, Part One: Balassa Winery

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The first official episode of my Hungarian Furmint jaunt has finally been released! In the inaugural vid, I get down in the dirt – literally – with István Balassa, the man behind Balassa Winery in Tokaji. We talk about his stones – also literally – and their effect of those various interesting soil types on […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting...

1 Wine Dude 22 days ago

Rest In Peace, Sam Argetsinger

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A few days ago, I received an email containing a unique (for me, anyway) request: “On your page you have a special photograph of Sammy Argetsinger. Can you email me a high resolution copy of that picture? I would like to frame it and I know a local wine owner in Hector wants one to […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting m...

1 Wine Dude 24 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 5, 2015

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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

Jhett’s Restaurant – Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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In its halcyon days, the Chamisa Hills golf course and country club in Rio Rancho was considered one of the city's crown jewels.  Its undulating 18-hole championship course with strategically placed deciduous trees and challenging water hazards once hosted the Charley Pride Golf Fiesta, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the state.  Built i...

1 Wine Dude 26 days ago

Firenze Pizzeria – Albuquerque, New Mexico

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"We've got a wood-burning pizza oven in the garden - a luxury, I know, but it's one of the best investments I've ever made." ~Gwyneth Paltrow There really is a lot of veracity in the axiom that “your eyes are the mirror to your soul” because eyes truly do provide visual clues as to what […]

1 Wine Dude 27 days ago

Placitas Cafe – Placitas, New Mexico

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While it does have a nice ring to it, "beautiful downtown Placitas" probably won't catch on the way "beautiful downtown Burbank" did when the catch phrase (and quite often, punch-line) was made famous first on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In then on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Located just a few miles northeast of Hollywood, […]...

1 Wine Dude 28 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 29, 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

The Most Viewed 1WineDude Articles Of 2014

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As we come to the close of 2014… well, I’m kind of in a weird place looking back on it. The year has had a lot of ups and downs for me, but I'm happy to write that the professional side of things has been almost exclusively UP for me in 2014. But that has […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting more out of every glass of w...

1 Wine Dude 35 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 22, 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

Thoughts On Thoughts On Thoughts On Influential Wine Blogs

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Back in October (yeah, I really am about that far behind on things), the scientifically-minded Becca Yeamans-Irwin wrote on her blog about a research study that examined five influential English language wine blogs (including this lil’ ol’ one right here) using content analysis software called Leximancer. As you no doubt already expected from the a...

1 Wine Dude 43 days ago

The Furmintation Of The Nation (Kicking Off Furmint USA)

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Back in October, I spent a couple of very hectic but very rewarding weeks in Tokaji, Hungary, acting as on-screen “talent” for a promotional push of the region’s excellent dry Furmint white wines, aimed at the American market. I had a fantastic time with everyone involved in the project, but aside from seeing a quick […] Grab The 1WineDude.c...

1 Wine Dude 45 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 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 46 days ago

The Most Interesting Wines Of 2014

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The Most Interesting Wines of the Year – some of the more thought-provoking discussion here on these virtual pages have come courtesy of this annual list, compiled with a not insignificant amount of effort on my part in looking back on the crap-ton of wines that I had the pleasure (mostly, anyway) to have tasted […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Ta...

1 Wine Dude 50 days ago

No Wine? Sorry, No Story.

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A troubling trend is starting to appear in my Inbox. [ Editor’s note: I wonder how many cheesy detective novels now begin with that premise… ] Somewhat ironically, the troubling trend seems to mostly be coming from very well-meaning wine producers and their various public relations arms / firms / etc., and with very well-meant […] Grab The 1...

1 Wine Dude 52 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 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 53 days ago

A Post From Under The Floorboards (Two Grenache Blancs As Winter Warmers)

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As a general rule, I am not a fan of “phoning it in.” Not in anything, particularly in writing here on 1WD. I’d love to tell you all that the demands of holiday planning with a first-grader around, hosting Christmas for out of town visitors, and various writing gigs are keeping me from writing up […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and ...

1 Wine Dude 56 days ago

Answers.com Wine Article Roundup, Post Holiday Shopping Edition

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While I love Thanksgiving (eating, football, family time), if it weren’t for my daughter, I would loathe the Christmas season. Shopping, pressure, tinsel, pressure, and freezing temperatures? And pressure? Sorry, that just doesn’t sound jolly to me. All the more reason to drown out the din of the real world with the alcohol content of […] Gr...

1 Wine Dude 59 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 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 60 days ago

What We Drank For Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

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Quick, get ready to freak out; I am about to talk about a wine that was not a sample, but for which I paid using my very own hard-earned cash! The atom might destabilize!! It’s true. About the wine being purchased, I mean, not about the atom (I think). The short version of the story […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting ...

1 Wine Dude 64 days ago

Making The Yuletide Not-Very-Dry With Fix.com

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Ah, holiday wine pairing articles. I know, most of you hate ‘em. Trouble is, when it comes to wine drinkers, that vitriol puts us squarely in the minority. Many, many drinkers search for this kind of thing at pretty much every holiday, so it’s up to wine-writer-folk-types to try to make the dreaded duty of […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting ...

1 Wine Dude 66 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 24, 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

Burdened With Glorious Purpose (Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2011)

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It’s been a while since I bitched and moaned about tasting (okay, and drinking) wines long before “their time.” So I think we can both agree that I am due for a repeat. The trouble is, in the words of Loki, “I am burdened with glorious purpose!” when it comes to wine criticism. Generally, I’m […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and star...

1 Wine Dude 71 days ago

Pucker Up (Talking Tannins For Publix Grape Magazine Winter 2014)

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Winter is nigh (sorry, peeps, face into it), bringing with it the 2014 Winter edition of Publix Grape Magazine. I’m still fortunate enough to be penning items for Grape, including this time out several wine pairing write-ups, including desserts and other seasonal recipes. So, if you’re hankering to know what supermarket wines might pair up […...

1 Wine Dude 73 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 17, 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

Northbound Pachyderm (Tasting Claypool Cellars, Cobb, And LaRue 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinots)

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A note to musically-inclined wine people: if you help the nice folks at Claypool Cellars folks pick their consulting winemaker, eventually you’ll get to hang backstage at kick-ass Primus concerts. And while that might at first sound like a raging conflict of interest, I suppose it’s worth noting that a) that hasn’t stopped me from […] Grab T...

1 Wine Dude 78 days ago

Wine’s Quiet Hypocrisy

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For some reason (maybe I look trustworthy?), I’ve had a disproportionately large number of conversations with winemakers in which they divulge to me that they are upset about a myth/misunderstanding/half-truth/whatever being perpetuated by members of the wine media. This could be things such as - 1) inaccuracies regarding long-held notions about a ...

1 Wine Dude 80 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 10, 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

That Old, Old, Old, Old, Old Place In Lodi (A Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault Tasting)

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Remember when we talked about that old Cinsault vineyard in Lodi? I mean, that REALLY OLD Cinsault vineyard in Lodi? The tiny, flat, rectangular Bechthold vineyard – all 25 acres of it, or just about 0.0025% of Lodi’s overall plantings – is an organic, own-rooted, sandy-soil patch of Cinsault in the Mokelumne River area, near […] Grab The 1W...

1 Wine Dude 85 days ago

Get Your Fix (Off-The-Beaten Path Varieties For Fix.com)

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Well, the Global Interweb’s recent fixation with infographics seems to have abated by exactly zero percent. That’s the primary takeaway I’ve had, anyway, from my recent experience penning a couple of infographic-designed articles for Fix.com. Seems you people can’t get enough of that stuff! I wrote two such pieces for Fix.com: an overview of Off [&...

1 Wine Dude 87 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 3, 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

If Your Palate Bleeds, These 2008 Italian Wines Can Kill It

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Lithe, balanced, light, and polite wines are de rigueur in the wine world at the moment. Now, I love those wines, but my tastes are quite catholic, and so I dig (well-made, authentic) wines of all stripes (okay, excepting possibly Retsina). And once in a while, after sampling lots of lithe, balanced, light, and polite […] Grab The 1WineDude....

1 Wine Dude 92 days ago

Because California Rocks, Alsace Is Cool, And “Zibibbo” Is Just Fun To Say (October 2014 Answers Wine Article Roundup)

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October is over? Already? WTF?!??? And so it’s time for another round up of the monthly Wine.Answers.com articles for your perusal. If you’re looking for Halloween wine recommendations, I resisted revisiting that same old ground this year (so for that, you’ll just have to check out last year’s version, which still holds up just fine). […] Gr...

1 Wine Dude 94 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 27, 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

A Hungarian With Serious Stones (István Szepsy Recent Releases)

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István Szepsy is a Hungarian man with serious stones. And he will gladly show them to you, if you ask. Actually, I think he might show them to you even if you don’t ask. He has them laid out on his front porch; dozens of them, organized by 21 different dulo (basically akin to climat). […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start gettin...

1 Wine Dude 99 days ago

Think Wine Criticism Is B.S.? Then You Need To Reject All Forms Of Criticism

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Every once in a while, when I tell people what I do for a living, I get a sort of snickering question along the lines of “does it bother you that part of what you do is total bullsh*t?” These folks are usually referring to the studies, quoted by lazy media outlets ad nauseum, that […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting mo...

1 Wine Dude 101 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 20, 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

Born In The USA (My American Wine Scene Wine Picks For Italy’s Civilta del bere Magazine)

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I’m not sure that we need any more proof that I am an idiot workaholic, but last week a wine magazine hit the newsstands in Italy with yet more evidence in support of that. During a (very) busy late Spring, I was contacted by my friend and co-judge in the 2013 Argentina Wine Awards, the […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start gett...

1 Wine Dude 106 days ago

An Autumnal Crush On Sicilian Wine (Fall 2014 Publix Grape & TuscanyNow.com Interview)

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As part of my incessant campaign to annoy the hell out of you by popping up just about everywhere when it comes to wine, I give you two more tidbits in the seemingly never-ending stream of Dude-ness in wine media. Look, at this point, I am kind of sick of me, too, okay? First, I’ve […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasting Guide and start getting m...

1 Wine Dude 108 days ago

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 13, 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

Reader Mailbag: Trying New Wine Is A Pain In The Ass

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1WD reader Matt (that’s all your getting, as I don’t have permission to print the person’s full name here) recently wrote to me via an email with a title so intriguing, it sparked the first-ever “reader mailbag” style post on this site in its seven-some-odd-year history: “Trying New Wine Is A Pain In The Ass” […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Tasti...

1 Wine Dude 113 days ago

Why Everyone Hates Us

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Because… well… THIS: Wine geeks and wine pros are taking it on the chin right now (for a hilarious and totally NSFW example, have a listen to this podcast by Internet comedy icon Maddox). We are accused of just about everything uncool, from being fond of snobbery to displaying nepotism to having bullsh*t jobs to […] Grab The 1WineDude.com Ta...

1 Wine Dude 115 days ago
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