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The Fiasco of Chianti

When I was young, my parents were super fond of an Italian restaurant in Washington, DC called Luigis. The restaurant opened in 1943 and closed

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Some of that Muskrat Wine

Part of my job in the retail wine industry is to translate what people say into what they actually mean. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes frustrating, but

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Some Somm Bling

It’s almost impossible to buy me a wine-related gift. Or so I’ve been told. I’m pretty sure I own every wine cork/bottle/barrel tchotchke there is.

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Root Cause Novel

Book Review: Root Cause

Phylloxera are little assholes. Let’s get that right out of the way. Phylloxera are tiny, nearly translucent-yellow bugs, aphids to be exact. In a nutshell,

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Armchair Sommelier Wine Tasting Guide

Spice up your next party with our FREE wine tasting guide! Learn what to look, smell, and taste for while appreciating your favorite bottle. We’ve also included a printable tasting notes template and a tasting wheel.