Issue 27

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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The Wine Leading the Blind

Purchasing wine can be a daunting task. Restaurant lists and store shelves are loaded with seemingly endless brands and varieties from which to choose, and it is impossible to know about all of them. As a result we often find

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Hunters & Collectors: A Case for the Cellar

Admit it. Running off to a wine shop or the grocery store every time you need a bottle or two for the weekend is not all that thrilling. It would be so much easier to have your own supply on

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Isle of White

White wine has a bit of a stigma attached to it. Go ahead and get a glass when you’re out at Bonefish Grille with your ding-dong friends and nobody bats an eyelash, but order one at a bar, or God

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Natural Wine and The Bulzoni Affair

When does making “natural” wine become a crime? In Italy, of course, where craven bureaucrats are eager to jump in the fray of the great wine labeling debate. Last July, Enoteca Bulzoni, a highly esteemed Roman wine shop, was the

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Extraordinary Argentine Wine

Every day I wake up and feel lucky to get to do the work I do. As a wine industry professional, I am often a guest at fabulous dinners, I meet winemakers from all over the globe and taste their

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When did Wine Get Cool

Recently I attended my college fraternity anniversary/reunion weekend along with hundreds of other fellow alumni. Interspersed between the as expected raucous times and occasional flights in the wayback machine was an exceptional dinner, complete with a slide show down memory

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Barolo – a Place, a Wine, a Book

My wife, Karen, and I were at the Council Bluffs Public Library taking down an exhibit we curated, “Sixty Years of Iowa Jewish Cookbooks,” (22 volumes), now on display at UNO’s Criss Library, and traveling to Des Moines in the

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Wine Memories

It never fails. The holiday season always makes me count my blessings. And tops on my list are family and friends, and the many great times spent with them. One near-constant on such special occasions has been good wine. I

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The Mustache on the Mona Lisa

The wine industry is steeped in tradition. Old world wines of western Europe (think Italy, France, Spain, and Germany) have perfected and preserved the practices of generations of winemakers that preceded them. An attitude of reverence is upheld for those

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