If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you might suspect that I’m a lover of old-world and traditionally styled wines. Well, it’s true. I can admit it. My palate usually prefers wines produced in Europe. Now, as an American, I admit this with more than a bit of regret. But I can’t help what […]

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It was my favorite scene from Willy Wonka when I was a child. The scene where they enter into the chocolate factory after that terror of a boat ride, to find a paradise of all the most sweet, succulent, edible delights. Everyone galavanting around savoring and sampling the finger-licking goodies, ravaging and shaking trees of […]

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In many of life’s artistic and skilled pursuits, you’ll find a singular enigmatic figure who follows a less traveled path and forges something unique. This person is often something of an iconoclast, plainly marching to the beat of a different drummer. The mysteries only add to the mystique. If you’re into rock-climbing, the foremost elusive […]

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If you have ever seen the Black Mirror episode called ‘Nosedive’, where everyday interactions as simple as riding in an elevator with people, office dialogs, or how you are driving (already is something we can rate for many truckers) are rated with a 5-star system, you become slightly aware of this important and scary trend […]

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When I’m in Rome, I occasionally go to mega-tastings where you pay 200 euros and up to sample some of the world’s greatest wines. I don’t do it often, but such events provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to taste otherwise inaccessible bottles. For example, at Bibenda Day 2013 the organizers poured, among other notable wines, ’77 Valentini […]

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If I were to ask you, ‘where would you expect to find better food, Rome or your hometown or country’, what would you answer? Well, perhaps that depends on where you live, but I can only imagine that many of you would guess Rome, since it is in the heart of what many consider the […]

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Can you ever imagine grading a wine like you grade a spelling test or high school math test (using the grading method of the United States)? Or better yet, think of grading fine art pieces. What percentage would you give to the Mona Lisa? The Starry Night? Dancers in Pink? Campbell’s Soup Cans? What percentage […]

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What Wine Is Let’s start with an official definition.  Merriam-Webster defines wine as: 1 the alcoholic fermented juice of fresh grapes, or a plant product, used as a beverage 2 Something that invigorates or intoxicates 3 A dark red That may be the definition, but if that was just it, then why would anyone care about […]

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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 positive 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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