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Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California: prizes to be announced next week

As strange as it seems, it was on a chilly November night in Piedmont — as voting in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was already well under way — that Slow Wine editor-in-chief Giancarlo Gariglio first suggested we create a Slow Wine guide to the wine of California. 277 more words

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Want to help Houston restaurant workers displaced by Harvey? Please come and see us! (Thank you Michael Madrigale and Planet Bordeaux.)

“Everyone’s been affected by the hurricane… everyone,” said Master Sommelier Guy Stout, a wine educator for Southern Glazer’s, when I saw him last night at a Bordeaux event at LeNôtre Culinary Institute in Houston’s Northline neighborhood. 473 more words

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From Puglia to Burgundy to Piedmont: taste with me in October in Texas, Colorado, and California

Above: I will be presenting winemaker Cesare Barbero of Pertinace (Barbaresco) and a vertical of his wines October 18 at Rossoblu in Los Angeles where I author the wine list. 312 more words

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Kobrand, shame on you for by-passing Houston!

Above: the scene yesterday at the Houston Zoo, where my two daughters — ages 4 and 5 — especially enjoyed the elephants, lemurs, and cotton candy. 480 more words

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The strangest vintage on record? Harvest 2017 is full of surprises (and it's only just begun)

I just had to share the following post by my client Stefano Cinelli Colombini owner and winemaker at Fattoria dei Barbi, which includes an estate in Maremma (I translated it yesterday for… 301 more words

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Italy's harvest 2017 has begun, for better or for worse...

From Puglia to Friuli to Piedmont to Tuscany and beyond… many of my friends have begun sending me photos of the grapes they are harvesting. 207 more words

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Wine culture takes Middle America by storm...

Above: the mélange of Venetian glass at Brandani’s in Missouri City was as brackish as it was playful and delightful. I loved it and I loved the restaurant. 309 more words

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