Issue 28

Wine(ry) Recommendation: Smith-Madrone

Charles, Stu, and Sam Smith have one hell of a good thing going high up in the Spring Mountain District of California’s Napa Valley. Last month my friend Zach, who manages Corkscrew, and I had the opportunity to visit them

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Suck it, Sideways! Making a case for a case of merlot.

The current political “scene” (read: shit show) in the United States has made it abundantly clear that stereotypes and sweeping generalizations remain the preferred currency of communication for the ignorant and uneducated in this country, and around the world. Candidates

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Omaha Adventures in Pairing Food and Spirits

Café de Paris and the French Café were wonderful destinations for anniversaries, birthdays or out-of-town guests. Fine dining adventures became ingrained in our lifestyle. My wife and I have been going to food and wine pairing dinners at Omaha restaurants for

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A Napa Valley State of Mind

“Some folks like to get away, take a holiday from the neighborhood, hop a flight to Miami Beach or Hollywood.” But I’m flying Frontier, through the blue and gentle skies; I’m in a Napa Valley state of mind. The Napa

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Wine Recommendation: 2015 Meadowcroft Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Meadowcroft Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc – 93 Points I’m more or less a red wine drinker, full stop. That being said, when summer rolls around, I can’t help but crave “patio” whites; those light, crisp and refreshing wines

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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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Avoiding the High Cost of (Wine) Education

Anyone who has ever sat in gridlock on the 405, or even just hit I-80 at the wrong time of day, has in the very least considered the merits of becoming a small airplane pilot.  When I investigated this possibility

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Bubbly 101

Having the holidays almost upon us signals the coming of many traditions. From the onset of a hard Nebraska winter to various religious observations, and from a zealous embrace of all things capitalistic to the popping of countless corks across

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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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Book Recommendation: Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine by George M. Taber

The damage done by prohibition to American wine palates was more than substantial; it set the domestic wine industry back forty years, if not more. During “the noble experiment” that lasted between 1920 and 1933, Americans didn’t stop drinking wine,

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