Category Archives: Too Much Alcohol!

What’s ahead in 2014 for wine lovers?

New Year’s is crystal-ball season in a lot of respects – not just the ball that drops on Times Square, but all the figurative crystal balls that pundits and wine columnists gaze into to predict what the new year will … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandhi

For the record, hurricanes suck. Especially this one, named Sandy, though at this hour (8 pm ET Monday October 29) we haven’t seen the worst of her. After all, I still have power to write a blog post with. But … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: Local wines from outer space and fantasy lawsuits

Interesting reading this week for oenophiliacs: In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson takes on the potent issue of potent wines, including recent arguments that rising alcohol levels aren’t because of global warming or more efficient yeasts, but because winemakers are … Continue reading

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Do You Really Get What You Pay For in #Wine? No. 1

A new idea for this blog: Compare a really expensive wine with a more moderately priced one of the same type, and try to explain the price difference. Do we really get what we pay for? Let me know in … Continue reading

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They DO Make Good #Wine in Greece!

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Much of the fun of being a “Wine Explorer” lies in the hunt for different grape varieties from various regions. So when I hear someone say, “They don’t make good wines in —- ” my BS detector swings into action. … Continue reading

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Chardonnay – Yes, Chardonnay! – for Summer …

In the summer heat, we often say ixnay to the chardonnay, preferring lighter, more acidic white wines. But we shouldn’t reject chardonnay altogether. This week and next, in my Washington Post wine columns, I recommend some terrific chardonnays for summer … Continue reading

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NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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Bad Mood, Published!

Last Wednesday, my Washington Post column detailed my issues with those big, bruising US syrahs that I’d been complaining about here over the past few weeks. But I did find some worth recommending. (Eric Asimov wrote along the same lines in … Continue reading

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Bad Mood, Continued

Tasted more American syrahs tonight. I really want to like these wines, but at the very best I find them €. meh. I opened four, then three more. Some nice herbal aromas from a Sonoma entrant, but it was still … Continue reading

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Bad Mood

I€™m in a bad mood tonight. I€™ve been tasting American syrahs. I€™d looked forward to exploring these wines ever since my last visit to Dry Creek Valley in 2006, when I tasted a few that shone with bright blueberry flavors, … Continue reading

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