Author Archives: firstvine

A regulatory axe to grind (or throw)

My husband Cy and I never miss the Health Code Violations blurbs in the Washington Post every Thursday.  While it seems a bit ghoulish, they shine a light on how local government functions.  Admittedly, it’s not nice to read that … Continue reading

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Lead-ing the way to bottles past

There’s no humble way to say that you’ve had the opportunity to open an old bottle of nice Cognac, so I’m not even going to try.  I did it, and I’m glad. But there was a surprise… The bottle belonged to … Continue reading

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New wines relieve the headaches of getting them here

After waiting months and months, a shipment for First Vine finally arrived here in DC about two weeks ago.  We have wines from two new producers in Italy and an old favorite from France.  So, hooray!  I really like the … Continue reading

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Reopening Installment #2: Déjà Vu-19

We’re in the midst of a crisis.  The majority of the scientific community agrees it’s a crisis and that there are important yet relatively simple things we can do to stop it from getting much worse.  It affects public health … Continue reading

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Reopening installment #1: A little bragging is in order

For years now I’ve been trying to explain that we just don’t have good data on sales of wine and other alcohol.  And I’ve been complaining that the companies that compile, analyze, and disseminate these data issue grand proclamations that … Continue reading

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Social Distancing Installment #14: Stay six feet from the price at tastings

After my virtual wine show experience back in April, I started talking with Italian producers about getting samples to taste.  Eighteen bottles of wine arrived all in one week.  Cy and I were able to taste some of them.  But … Continue reading

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Social Distancing Installment #13: Keeper recipes

Like many of you, I’ve been cooking a lot during these past 2+ months.  There have been lots of old favorites, mostly comfort-food recipes.  But I’ve been reading and trying plenty of new things, too.  This particular recipe is my … Continue reading

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Social Distancing Installment #12:  RIP, America’s greatest wine salesman

We don’t see wine advertisements much on TV these days or hear them on the radio.  But from the 1960s through the 1980s there was plenty of advertising for mass-market wines.  I’ve written about these ads before, and how ridiculous … Continue reading

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Social Distancing Installment #11: Deliveries, pandemic style

These are strange times for wine shopping and deliveries.  I’ve written about some of my more (let’s call them) interesting deliveries before.  Those had more to do with who was ordering.  These days, it’s all about the circumstances. When First … Continue reading

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Social Distancing Installment #10: Wine sales are up (maybe)

I get a few daily e-mail summaries of wine news with teasers and links to articles.  This headline in today’s Wine Business Daily e-mail caught my attention: “Robust Wine Sales Growth as Consumers Turn to Brands They Know: Despite the … Continue reading

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