Tag Archives: Spanish wine

It’s enough to give you nightmares

I’ve noticed as I get older that I don’t sleep as well as I used to.  So I set aside time to listen to Dr. Matthew Walker’s interview on “Fresh Air.”  He’s the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human … Continue reading

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Making wine Instagram-mable again

Even though I have lots of wine-loving friends, I’ve noticed that more of them post food photos on social media than wine photos.  Not that they don’t take wine-related photos, just that there are barely any featuring a particular wine.  … Continue reading

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Cookbook author wine talk with Joanne Weir

In 10 years of being in the wine business, I’ve seen a lot of cookbooks on wine and food.  But the one I turn to most often is Joanne Weir’s Weir Cooking – Recipes from the Wine Country.  The book … Continue reading

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Woman of La Mancha

There’s no way to put this so that it doesn’t seem like I’m rubbing it in, so I’m just going to say it. While y’all were enjoying the last residue of winter over here, the wine gods smiled upon me … Continue reading

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#TempranilloDay — the latest wine hashtag holiday

I learned just yesterday that Thursday, November 13, 2014, is International Tempranillo Day. What? You didn’t get the memo either? As you’ll recall, I also learned about Champagne Day and Languedoc Day only a couple of days before they first … Continue reading

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How to be more than just a wine “spectator”

For many of you, mobile technology and the internet have integrated themselves into your lives in ways that we wouldn’t have imagined even 20 years ago.   Maybe you’re reading this on your phone on the way back from meeting friends … Continue reading

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The Real Showdown: Sweet Potatoes vs Yams

Sorry.  It’s not Republicans vs Democrats or even boxers vs briefs …  it’s sweet potatoes vs yams!  Do you know the difference?  It’s confusing, I know, when they are even mislabeled at the grocery store.  But, trust me, a sweet potato … Continue reading

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Secret Ingredient: Smoked Spanish Paprika

Smoked Paprika (pimenton), made in Spain from smoked, ground pimento peppers can be found in varying intensities from sweet and mild (dulce) bittersweet medium hot (agridulce) and hot (picante). Smoked Spanish paprika is nothing like the relatively bland traditional Hungarian paprika you get … Continue reading

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Educación Sentimental, Part 1

I’ve given it a lot of thought over the time I’ve been in the wine business, and I’ve decided that part of what makes wine confusing to people is all the rules.  Rules about making wine, rules about naming wine, … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Just Buying a Sports Car?

Starbucks, which celebrates its 40th birthday next year,  is having a mid-life crisis. And in true mid-life crisis fashion, it has been flailing about trying to “find” itself.  Instant coffee!  Flavored coffee!  Egg sandwiches!  No egg sandwiches!  Health conscious!  Double frappucino … Continue reading

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