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SA Winemaker Profile: Wayne Ahrens

Have you ever stuck your hand into warm, sweaty garbage? I’m not taking about putting your hand in a trash can stuck in the sun. I’m talking about going full hog into a New York City black bag mountain in the middle of July. 888 more words


She was 17 years old. At least, she started out that way

She was first a cherry bubblegum-popping 17-year-old who, after some nudging, unmasked herself to reveal … an elegant 35-year-old woman lounging in a room perfumed with pepper, spices and cedar box, sipping on a nice EBT. 27 more words



A month of love, or so called Valentine’s month! I believe most of you have planned something on this special day. Not yet? Then you better prepare haha. 284 more words


It feels like Christmas (although it isn't)

This Promis was the oh-so-cool sophisticat who never quite gave up his secret. It took a while, but eventually, he opened up with toasty cranberries and cherries, exceptional smoothness and bright acidity. 46 more words


Wine Fables & Flashbacks on a Fated Day

Big news – Wine & Soul has moved to the desert, a fitting relocation to a magical place that embodies survival, rejuvenation and adaptability to change. 557 more words


BYO: Is there a bigger minefield than this?

BYO is a minefield. Today, I spent 10 minutes on the phone listening to a woman passionately defend her restaurant’s no-BYO policy. They were tired of diners who would BYO, but refuse to pay the corkage fee after dinner. 69 more words


Under the radar: The best place to look

Surprises at every turn with this under-the-radar gem of a producer in Monforte d’Alba, one of the five grand crus in Barolo. It draws you in with notes of tart red cherries, unfiltered tobacco, black pepper and hints of vanilla that deepened into a rich nutty quality that, while common in white wine, is unexpected in a red. 37 more words