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This Seasons Harvest of Wine Books

BILL NESTO’S ANNUAL REVIEW of WINE BOOKS Malbec has taken the shine off Merlot. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc dazzles while Pouilly-Fume has slid off the table. Wine is subject to trends and so is wine literature Currently, there seems to be three dominant trends in recently published wine books. One...
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Time to Crown California Royalty

Buying wine in the United States used to be a big deal, something almost ceremonial and definitely out of the ordinary. One of the major reasons that consumption’s reached a new height of popularity in the past decade is that we’ve finally overcome the idea of wine as a “special...
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On Pinot Noir$

Sideways, that infamous movie, did wonders for Southern California wine country and most notably, Pinot Noir. As a Sommelier I was trying for years to get some clients to try this wondrous grape, with some success. Then this movie comes out and top of the line drinkers of California Cabernet...
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It’s A Dog’s Life

New Zealand has it backwards (or is it upside down?), and I’m glad. Grapes are harvested six months early there, in the New Zealand fall, our spring, enabling us to already sample some of the superb 2OO6 vintage. We were recently favored by a visit from the two principals of...
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Plymouth’s Sean Harrison

Gin and the Man Who Makes It Sean Harrison Master Distiller of Plymouth Gin During his six and a half years in the Royal Navy, Plymouth Gin Master Distiller Sean Harrison spent his time “piloting ships around” – and rarely consumed any gin. He didn’t give a thought to the...
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team Argentina

NICOLAS and LAURA CATENA • 7O/38 • Owner/Export Manager • Catena Zapata Winery, Mendoza, Argentina Father and daughter teams are old hat in American wineries (think Mike and Violet Grgich, David and Kim Stare, even grandpa Julio and Gina Gallo) but they are something rare and wonderful in Argentina. Nicolas...
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South American Wines Just Keep Getting Better

Resistance to the more premium, limited production wines of each country has begun to crack as the market moves upscale. The only problem is that both Chile and Argentina have established their reputations primarily as deep value players in a world where consumers now show increasing willingness to pay up...
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Bigs Guys Boasting About Their Big Beers

Sounds like Jim Koch knows what he’s talking about, doesn’t it? The “lunatic fringe of brewing” indeed. Utopias sounds like an insane concept: a unique gold-tone bottle shaped like a brewing vessel, a beer that’s 5O proof and practically flat, blended from several batches of beers aged for different periods,...
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Beer’s Still Here

Get out of your beer rut! While the money that pays most of your bills still comes from moving those pallets, there are some real opportunities for fun – and profit – in beer these days. Heineken Premium Light has put new spark in the light beer market, Mexican beer...
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