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All the Same? Jun. 15, 2021

Dan Berger on Wine

Shortly after I began writing a wine column in 1976, a friend teased me about my avocation. We were ... Read More

Liquid Test Drive Jun. 01, 2021

Dan Berger on Wine

Decades ago, visiting wine country was limited to the few areas of the country with wineries. Outsid... Read More

How Temecula Businesses Outwitted the Pandemic May. 30, 2021

Travel and Adventure

By Jim Farber It's an early Sunday morning in Temecula, California. The sun is high enough now to bu... Read More

Sipping Vino and Savoring Vistas in Tuscany May. 29, 2021

Travel and Adventure

By Fyllis Hockman Wandering the hilly, narrow cobblestone streets in our home base of Montalcino, It... Read More

Tabletop Chemistry May. 25, 2021

Dan Berger on Wine

What do you do when you buy a bottle of wine that, for one reason or another, is not to your liking?... Read More

Bordeaux 2016: Graves and Pessac-Leognan Mar. 09, 2021

Wine Talk

BORDEAUX, France — The drumbeat for a great vintage has been mastered in Bordeaux, and sometim... Read More

Fine Wine Is the Pride of Texas Feb. 28, 2021

Travel and Adventure

By Athena Lucero "I love tannat! I've never tasted wine from this grape before," I excitedly comment... Read More

Remembering the 2020 Vintage Sep. 08, 2020

Wine Talk

Who could forget the vintage of 2020? Lightning strikes, out-of-control wildfires, an epic heat wave... Read More

Fall Classics Sep. 01, 2020

Wine Talk

Whether planning a Labor Day cookout to say goodbye to summer or gearing up for a tailgate party, fa... Read More

2019 Wines in Review Jan. 14, 2020

Wine Talk

Although I missed about one third of my typical annual tasting regimen while recovering from knee su... Read More

Time to Chill Oct. 22, 2019

Wine Talk

On a brief vacation in the mountains of Arizona, I took the opportunity to taste a flight of three A... Read More

Tailgate Tips Sep. 10, 2019

Wine Talk

The kickoff of football season always reminds me of burned brats, warm white wine and that sinking f... Read More

Diving Back Into Samples Sep. 03, 2019

Wine Talk

You may have noticed that our "Wine Talk" tasting notes have been on hiatus for the past several wee... Read More

The World's Most Expensive Rose Wine Jun. 25, 2019

Wine Talk

Gerard Bertrand, the man, fondly remembers his start in the wine business. "Officially, it was 32 ye... Read More

Wines Across America Jun. 04, 2019

Wine Talk

Hang around a wine geek long enough and you will inevitably hear the word "terroir." It is a term co... Read More

Oceano Surprises at San Diego Judging Apr. 16, 2019

Wine Talk

The element of surprise is easily the most scintillating aspect of a "blind" wine tasting. When all ... Read More

Behind the Curtain Mar. 26, 2019

Wine Talk

PARIS — As my Boeing 787-900 touched down at Charles De Gaulle, I quietly thanked American Air... Read More

Somm Challenge's Biggest Winners Oct. 02, 2018

Wine Talk

Despite the fact that all wines are tasted blind and judges are shielded as much as possible from an... Read More

The Magnificent 7 Sep. 25, 2018

Wine Talk

The 10th annual Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition was staged over the pas... Read More

Winemaker Challenge: Other Notable Winners Feb. 07, 2017

Wine Talk

The Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, like most every wine competition, provides a... Read More