Reviews

Booze of the week: Asterley Bros Estate English Vermouth

What’s worse than a hangover? I’ll tell you: the symptoms of a hangover (the absolute worst kind), lasting for days, without the benefit of actually having been drunk beforehand. Reader, welcome to the world of labyrinthitis. Thanks to questionable goings-on in my manky old inner ear, the world has been spinning in a decidedly unpleasant manner lately. Needless to say, …

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2015 Bodega Catena Zapata DV Catena Tinto Historico

Here’s an interesting red blend from Argentina that popped up in my Costco for $14.99. The name Catena caught my eye as they are a producer of fine Mendoza Malbec and many other reds that I’ve enjoyed quite frequently. This bottle pays homage to the family’s grandfather, Don Domingo Vicente Catena, who was known for his French style Argentinian red …

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Liver Angry… Liver SMASH!!! (Talking Booze And Health At IntoWine.com)

image: WebMD.com My friend and colleague Michael Cervin recently penned an article for IntoWine.com, titled The Angry Liver, highlighting the health hazards of my chosen second career – namely, kind of sort of drinking for a living. He asked me to share some thoughts on the matter, which you can read in the finished article. While most of Michael’s focus …

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7 Succulent Piedmont Red Wines (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights’ wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors’ most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members. Current releases from Piedmont offer a range of grape varieties and vintages, and today’s well-chosen selection exemplifies this. You’ll find Dolcetto from the hot, dry 2017 vintage, Barbera from the elegant, fresh 2016, a …

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2011 Tenute Girolamo Conte Giangirolamo IGP Puglia

This is a super interesting Costco wine find that was absolutely delicious. This is one of those wines you don’t go in looking for, you come up not sure what you have, and in the end, you’re pleasantly surprised you rolled the dice. First off, it’s a 2011 vintage and it’s drinking really nice right now. It’s soft and elegant …

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The Irreplaceable Listener: the importance of listening and self-doubt

illustration from 2011 when I was first getting started in wine I am riddled with self-doubt. By now it’s developed its own personality. I imagine it an ethereal presence, more aura than substance, but it does have a voice. It speaks in whispers. When other people describe me, they often say I am confident, but inside that doubt is whispering. …

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