Issue 26

Posts From John Finocchiaro

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John Finocchiaro

John Finocchiaro

John Finocchiaro is co-owner of Johnson Brothers Finocchiaro, LLC, a Nebraska wholesale wine, spirits, and beer distributor. Formerly the owner of Finocchiaro Wine Co., Inc., John has been in the wine distribution business for the past 25 years and the Finocchiaro family's association with the Nebraska wine industry has been continuous for the past 73 years, since 1935. John was a Certified Public Accountant before entering the family business and is a Certified Specialist of Wine.

Wine, a Melodrama: How They Got it All Wrong, but it Turned Out All Right

Act 1, Scene 1 It is a cool, foggy evening circa late 1970’s or early ‘80’s. The curtain rises. Mandolin music plays softly in the background. Somewhere in the back room of a secluded local restaurant in Napa, California sit

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Wine Aficionados

On a recent flight home from Chicago my wife and I were seated next to a very nice, pretty young lady.  Hunched forward in her seat with highlighter pen in hand, she was completely absorbed in the pages of her

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose’

You know her. High school – the girl that didn’t say much, that kept to herself, preferring to mind her own business. Let’s call her Rose. She wasn’t one of the cool kids, but she definitely wasn’t a dork. She

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Wine Tools and Toys

Wine lovers love their toys. We have aerators, bottle tags, bottle stoppers, coasters, corkscrews, capsule cutters, carafes, decanters, drip screens… and that’s only the first four letters of the alphabet. You’ve got to hand it to the creative thinkers in

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Death of a Salesman

The wine world is filled with romantic imagery. Vineyards ripe with grapes glistening in the morning sun, cellars awash with the beautiful damp aromas of juice aging patiently in oak barrels, tasting rooms animated by swirling glasses and lively, intellectual

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Trophy Wines

Recently I viewed an episode of the TV series, “American Greed”. The show is based on true stories of some of the world’s most prolific white collar criminals. The level of deception incorporated into these scams is astounding. Based on

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A Color-Code for the History of Wine

I’m sure that somebody somewhere has written a comprehensive book on the history of wine. Surely it must be one thick book, since wine dates as far back as the written page, or more likely, the chiseled rock. If we

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Wine Wishes

Dear Santa, Once again, thanks for the terrific Christmas. The time spent with family and friends, the gifts, the food… everything was spectacular, as usual. I can hardly wait for next year. Speaking of which, I thought I might get

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The Formal Wine Tasting

Previously I had written a rather playful article on the lighter side of casual wine tastings and the characters we meet at such fun-loving events. This time around, let’s address the more serious side of formal tastings. Before we dive

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Tasting Pals

Everyone loves a wine tasting. After all, what’s not to like when it comes to sipping vino with your friends. While the wines may highlight the event’s marquis, it is truly the cast of characters assembled that make a wine

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