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Category Archives: The Wine Guy

The “Pinot Passion Awards”

For my newsletter, PinotReport, I taste through thousands of Pinot Noirs each year. During the earlier phases of my more than a dozen years writing the newsletter, I created an … Continue reading

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Two great Sonoma wine events

Get ready for a great couple of months of wine events coming up here in Sonoma. Two events in particular are really worth your time if you want to taste … Continue reading

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An easy guide to pairing wine and food

For many reasons, pairing wine and food is one of the big “mysteries” about wine and an intimidating subject for most people. Without getting cynical, the majority of these reasons … Continue reading

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Step outside your regular wine habits this year

When was the last time you tried something new? Have you ever — just on a whim — tried doing something in a completely different manner than you have done … Continue reading

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My favorite places for holiday cheer

As is usually the case when I am writing this particular week’s column, the holidays are hurtling toward me, faster than I can process it. It generally leaves me stressed … Continue reading

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Great gifts for wine lovers

It’s that time of year when on top of all of the other gift buying challenges you face, you’ve got someone on your gift list who loves wine. You can … Continue reading

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Wine for the holidays — keep it simple

Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season are rocketing toward us at light speed. I am pretty sure that the first TV commercial I saw for Christmas was before … Continue reading

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Great local highlights from Pinot On The River

This past weekend found me at the 11th annual Pinot On The River Festival Grand Tasting, the annual full-immersion tasting of Western Pinot Noir held on the Healdsburg Plaza that … Continue reading

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A special wine for a special cause

Hopefully it’s clear by now that one of my favorite things to do here is to tell you about interesting, unique wines that I come across that perhaps are not … Continue reading

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Fall is here and so is my big event

Fall is easily my favorite season. Everything seems better to me in the fall. Wine tastes better, so does food. I think my overall attitude is just better. I’m not … Continue reading

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