The Wine Gods I’ve been wondering about the wine gods lately. Are they good? Mostly good? Indifferent? Do they believe in Karma? In other words, are most wine experiences good or is it more of a mixed bag? And why are some of the best wine experiences immediately followed by some of the worst? Let’s […]

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Home.  A comfortable, familiar place where you know what to expect.  Each year brings a slight variation to the landscape, a new flavor to land, but overall, the core components of this place are still the same.  Only this time, being back in Michigan (the suburbs of Detroit to be exact) had me experiencing it […]

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Football, the White House, God Bless America, YouTube, and some of the highest-quality American wines… There is a common thread linking them.  Can you guess it? All of these items, and thousands more of routinely used items that make life as we know it possible today, have all been created or majorly influenced by who […]

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There is nothing more humbling and beautiful than when a group of students end up teaching the teacher something.  This is what happened when I held a wine tasting for a group of study-abroad students, who mostly would be underage to drink in their home country, meaning they surely weren’t ‘wine experts’ (well at least […]

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I am American (even though sometimes I am embarrassed to admit it). I come from a country that in recent times is proving to be quite Grape-ist. Grape-ist? – you ask, what on earth is that? I am speaking about our overall trend to colonize the US, and really the entire planet for that matter, […]

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My buddy Gene, an American who has lived in Italy three times, makes the case that Italians have “basically perfected the art of the meal.” This may sound like hyperbole but it rings true to my ears. One premise of Gene’s argument is the idea that Italian food and Italian wine, when paired well together, […]

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To be honest, my record is mediocre at best. In my many attempts to show Alessandro Pepe that American wines can be interesting, I’ve failed more often than I’ve succeeded. The most recent attempt was a few weeks ago in Rome. Going in, I was certain the bottle would be a winner. It was a […]

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  From Sunny Cabs to Dark Nebbiolo Here we are.  The time is now to explore the depths of the glass in front of us.  The time to look and explore all that lies far beyond the polished surface of the glass to really understand the elegant and gritty components of what brings beauty to […]

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