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I am a wine lover.  That’s really the point.  It’s hardly unique—there are many of us...likely including you.  

 

I’ve been passionate about wine for a number of years—but I’ve also been passionate about my jobs, which, along with my family, were the focus of most of my time and energy.  I spent the first 29 years of my professional life serving in the US Air Force, retiring as a major general...

 

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October 18, 2019

 On the deck of I Vigneri di Salvo Foti--with Mt. Etna rumbling and steaming in the background....

After a weekend in Rome and an overnight in Taormina, we made our way up the rugged Mt. Etna. Paradoxically, it's both one of the world's older wine regions and...

October 13, 2019

 Moonrise over La Morra from the deck of Osteria Veglio...

Beautiful as Barbaresco and its wines were, Barolo might have been even more beautiful!  While not a large area as compared with an appellation like Bordeaux, it is considerably larger than Barbaresco....

October 8, 2019

Looking across the valley from Treiso toward the village of Barbaresco....

Our recent trip to Italy began in Piemonte. We arrived in mid-September...the weather was cool and cloudy when we arrived, but soon cleared and was lovely throughout our visit.  For simplicity's...

October 2, 2019

The International Pinot Noir.Celebration started in Oregon in the late 1980s as a way to gather the best Pinot Noir producers--and Pinot Noir lovers--from around the world...oh, and to demonstrate that Oregon's wines belonged in the conversation with the world's best....

October 2, 2019

For the ninth or tenth consecutive year, late July saw us in Oregon for the International Pinot Noir Celebration.  I went the first time, expecting that it would be an interesting one-time experience.  It was interesting enough that I decided to try it again the next y...

April 20, 2019

Heart's Delight--DC's premier food and wine festival--raises money to fight heart disease (as some would say, participating in Heart's Delight is:  "doing good--one glass at a time!").  It was started after one of the leaders of the DC wine community, Bruce Bassin, was...

April 2, 2019

A few of the many stunning wines from the Somm Appreciation Dinner

I've heard about them.  I've read about them.  Those evenings where the stunning wines flow one after another--wines beyond the reach of most of us mere mortals.  But I had never been to one. N...

April 2, 2019

with super-somm (food and wine director) Andy Chabot

Somehow, my commitment to post more often went astray...cancer has a way of doing that.  But after several surgeries, I'm good as new!  Or perhaps more accurately, as good as anyone who's not so new could hope to be!...

September 27, 2018

It's interesting.  I love drinking good wine.  But I love just as much sharing good wine.  That may sound obvious, but it's taken me a while to fully appreciate it.  In  my "early wine days" I recall standing in the cellar pondering what wine to choose to serve friends...

August 23, 2018

I haven't posted anything in a long time.  Part of the reason is that we are all creatures of habit. Once upon a time, I was in the habit of posting virtually every day.  It was simply part of the day's routine. Unfortunately, routine described most of what I posted....

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