Reviews

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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TYKU Junmai Sake

This is a first for the site. We’ve never reviewed a sake before, but there’s a line of sake available at Costco from TYKU (big name, you’ll see it around elsewhere too) that we wanted to take a look at. Today, we’re tasting their Junmai Sake, which is considered a premium sake with 70% rice grain remaining. The more premium …

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Wine Industry’s Most Inspiring People 2019: A Wine Communication Artist

A Wine Communication Artist by Barbara Barrielle Image by Rick Vyrostko Photography, 2018 I first had the pleasure of meeting Elaine Chukan Brown when we were both invited to a harvest lunch at Jordan Winery. This traditional feast, orchestrated by the lovely – and tireless – Lisa Mattson, brought me in contact with someone who inspired me immediately by the fact that …

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How to make the Perfect Gin Martini

Your first gobful of martini should brace you even as it slams you. You should gasp. Your mouth should thrill, your blood should pump, your heart should sing. Not an ounce of this liquid should be in any goddamn way a compromise. It must be utterly intense. It should not quench your thirst; it should quench your desire. The disinterested, …

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 21, 2019

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.  They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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2016 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

We always look forward to new Kirkland Signature wines, and I especially get excited when an appellation-specific one arrives. I’ll admit that I sometimes get them confused and fail to realize when a new edition has appeared. The labels tend to be similar, and there are more than a few from Napa Valley alone. This is a good problem to …

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