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    Wine Dude

    A consumer, hobbyist, and collector, Eric has followed wine since the early 1980s. He is the owner and publisher of, a popular website devoted to wine travels and wine tasting reviews, and the editor and host of, winner of two James Beard Awards for audio and video podcast shows. Eric is also a frequent contributor to many on-line wine forums, and has written several primers for new wine lovers on wine touring, wine storage, wine tasting, and wine label removal. Several of his vineyard photos have appeared in local and regional materials, as well the Wine Spectator.


How Now, Bordeaux?

On the subject of Bordeaux, a recent post on Facebook linked to an article from the New York Times (May 18, 2010). In his column, The Pour, Times wine and food critic Eric Asimov wrote of a disconnect between younger wine lovers and the wines of Bordeaux. Azimov said that for the young wine buyer, “…Bordeaux, once the world’s most hallowed region and the standard-bearer for all fine wines, is now largely irrelevant.” Read more...

Must Try Wine of the Week: Domaine de Reuilly 2013 Pinot Gris Rosé Reuilly, France

I have to give Kermit Lynch his due. As a retailer, distributor, and national importer he finds some really interesting and really nice wines to bring into the U.S. market. And, this particular Rosé is one of them. Read more...

New Wine Shipping Idea: 46Brix

Some wine producers do not have or use retail channels, preferring to sell directly to consumers. When ordering wine from these sources, the cost of shipping becomes a very important issue. Some wineries provide “free shipping.” Others charge by weight or number of bottles. Still others use a fulfillment company, and just add their service cost to your order. I usually tailor my wine orders to fit the best shipping prices for my needs. Where shipping prices are extravagant, I cut back on the number of bottles I order. Read more...

What’s in a Name: Malbec

We’re all accustomed to shopping for wines by their varietal name (chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, etc.). But how often do we consider the history or genealogy of the grapes that make these wines? Not often. This is a shame, because if grapes could talk, they’d have some fascinating stories to tell. Over the next few months, we’ll try to acquaint you with the grapes of some of your favorite varietals, as well as some lesser-known ones. Today, we’ll look at malbec. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: 2010 Domaine Durand “Les Coteaux,” Saint-Joseph, France

It’s no accident that most “old world” vineyards sprang up along the rivers of Europe. Aside from nourishment, rivers were the means for transporting the wines to other regions and countries. The Rhône River is one of the great waterways of Europe, beginning in Switzerland and running through the Rhône Valley of southeastern France to the Mediterranean Sea. Its viticultural areas are separated into the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône, with several appellations in each region. This week’s wine is from the Northern Rhône, from a commune named Saint Joseph (San Jo-SEFF), which has its own appellation, or A.O.C. Read more...

Wine and Flights—Not to Be Confused with Wine Flights

Or maybe so: check out Vino Volo at SNA

I arrived early for my flight from John Wayne Airport, and had some time to kill. So, after the usual smart phone emailing and texting, I decided to get my legs ready for a long flight by walking the length of the waiting area once or twice. As I approached Gate 12, there was a large vineyard mural on the concession just in front of me. Since I was going to a wine region (Cahors, France), I decided to take a picture of the mural and send it off to my friends, implying that I’d already arrived at my destination. Task finished, I walked a little further, only to discover the true purpose of the mural. John Wayne Airport has a wine bar called Vino Volo. Read more...

Must Try Wine of the Week: Gulfi 2012 Cerasuolo Di Vittoria DOCG, Red Wine, Sicily

One of the great things about Italy is fabulous wine. And one of the great things about Sicily is fabulous wine at a great price. This stunner is no exception. The Vigna Stidda Vineyard, located in southeast Sicily, is about 1 hectar in the Canzeria Valley, at an altitude of 420 meters, with an exposure to the west. The Mediterranean climate is moderated by wide day-to-night temperature swings, and the soil is a mixture of limestone and clay, which produces wonderful fruit and great acids. Read more...

An Important Update on the Coravin™ System

It’s been said that most Americans age their wine in the trunk of the car on the way home from the grocery store. Of course this is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on our buying and drinking habits. And yet, it’s largely true that we don’t spend much time storing wine for purposes of aging or resting it. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: Château Graville-Lacoste 2012 Graves Blanc, Bordeaux, France

Dry white Bordeaux has become an endangered species of late, due in no small part to lofty pricing, as well as heavy competition from Southern Hemisphere wines such as New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc. But there’s a difference in this case. First, this wine is amazingly affordable. Second, it tastes nothing like a New Zealand sauvignon blanc, so you can easily put it into rotation with all of your other white wines. Or, put another way, you can have your cake and eat it, too! Read more...

Book Report: “Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma” and “Back Lane Wineries of Napa”

Two handy new wine reference books have just been released, and the timing is perfect for your summer wine travels. The fully updated second edition paperbacks of “Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma,” and “Back Lane Wineries of Napa” are now available at bookstores and online. Read more...

Must Try Wine of the Week: Torbreck 2012 "Woodcutters" Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

David Powell founded Torbreck Vintners in 1994. Australia’s Barossa Valley is filled with hardened old vines that make up the core of many of the Torbreck wines. The old-vine renditions carry some lofty prices, but fortunately, the younger vines deliver copious amounts of fruit at significantly less cost. The Woodcutter’s is such a wine. The name Woodcutter’s comes from the several years David spent working the Scottish Highlands as a lumberjack in the Torbreck forest. Read more...

Just Say No! to Wine?

How to know when enough is enough

If you collect wine, or buy more of it than you regularly drink, there will come a point when you’ll probably say to yourself, “Enough is enough, I’ve got plenty and don’t need to buy more.” It happens when you realize the staggering number of bottles in your possession. Or, when you finally comprehend that you’ll never live long enough to drink all that you have. Only after you admit this to yourself can you begin to take the necessary steps to stop the madness. Read more...
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Editor's Letter, October 2013

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