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5 Must Know Facts About Napa Valley’s History

How did the world first discover and fall in love with the wines of Napa Valley? One could not dispute that the highest impact event was the 1976 Judgment of Paris where California wines bested their French counterparts in both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay...
Classic Grapes Variety Markers: Red Grapes and Wines, Part II

Classic Grapes Variety Markers: Red Grapes and Wines, Part II

This is the fourth and final post of my list of markers for classic grapes and wines.  The last post included markers for Cabernet family grapes, Pinot Noir and Gamay. This final post will include markers for Rhône grapes and more.  As I’ve previously written, the...
Tasting Interview: Gilian Handelman

Tasting Interview: Gilian Handelman

Gilian Handelman Gilian Handelman is the current director of education and communications for Jackson Family Wines. She began her career as an assistant sommelier in 1987 at Pierce’s restaurant in the Finger Lakes region of New York but quickly moved into the...
Tasting Interview: Thomas Price, MS

Tasting Interview: Thomas Price, MS

Thomas Price, MS is the head sommelier and educator at the Metropolitan Grill, Seattle’s premier steakhouse. Price came to Seattle in 1988 from Anchorage and managed beverage programs for some of Seattle’s top restaurateurs. In 1997 Thomas and his wife Jessica opened...
Tasting Interview: Gillian Ballance, MS

Tasting Interview: Gillian Ballance, MS

Gillian Ballance, Master Sommelier, has spent over 20 years in the hospitality industry with stints at several well-known restaurants including Picholine, Cello Restaurant, and Windows on the World in New York as well as the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. Gillian has...
Tasting Interview: Doug Frost, MS, MW

Tasting Interview: Doug Frost, MS, MW

Good friend Doug Frost is the second among only four people in the world to have passed both the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine exams.  Author of several books, including “Uncorking Wine,” “On Wine,” and “Far From Ordinary: The...

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