Category Archives: Religion

In Vino Veritas

In vino veritas, the Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote. In wine is truth. It’s an old Latin phrase making fun of people who speak their minds under the influence of alcohol. The quote is buried in a rather hilarious … Continue reading

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Inventing wine through the ages

Today marks another first for me – my first appearance in the Book World section of The Washington Post. I review two books: Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age, by Joel Butler and Randall … Continue reading

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An Irish kosher wine from New Zealand?

(This column was published in The Washington Post on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.) Wine is increasingly becoming part of our modern dining culture, a drink to be enjoyed regularly and not just on special occasions. That’s to be applauded from … Continue reading

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An AmpelWHATapher?

Ampelography is one of the funniest sounding words in wine, a field that’s full of potential puns and double entendres. It means simply, the study and identification of grapevines. And Lucie Morton is one of this country’s leading ampelographers. But … Continue reading


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Schloss Johannisberg

€œThe last Princess von Metternich called this cellar €˜The Cathedral of Riesling,€™€ my guide said. It was easy to see why. The gravel on the floor, strewn there to capture humidity, crunched underfoot, as though the wines in the ancient … Continue reading

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