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Sipping “Shades of Grey” Redux

No, this is not a review of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” wines. But, now that the movie has opened to mediocre at best (and many humorous) reviews, I figured I would re-compile past blogs once more on the wines of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, before the fad fades. I have not read the books… Continue Reading

Another “Anatomy of a Wine Tasting”

For the sixth year in a row, I did a wine tasting fundraiser event for the local high school fencing program, perenially the tops or at least one of the tops in the state. Being involved for many years in youth sports and activities, I know the purpose of these events is not just to… Continue Reading

For Festivus, My Airing of Wine-Related Grievances

I don’t actually celebrate Festivus, but this concept of the airing of grievances caught my attention. I don’t think its a free pass to rag on people…besides, who needs just a specific day of the year to do that? And although my occasional (daily?) use of social media has given me an arm’s length of… Continue Reading

The Anatomy of…no…The Crafting of…no, not that either…The Fun of Wine Pairing.

Let’s face it, some treat is a science, others as an art form, but ultimately, it should just be about having fun trying to maximize the taste of really good food and wine together with one other important component usually present – really good company. It’s a good example of the sum of the parts… Continue Reading

Wine Is Personal

I often speak and write about the personal and connective aspects of wine. It is not always about specific wines and reviewing them, but sometimes wine as a catalyst or a backdrop for a specific experience.  These experiences can at times be very emotional, and in this story, also flattering and humbling. I received an… Continue Reading

My mother’s influence on my interest in wine

I originally updated this piece for Mother’s Day three years ago. My mother wasn’t in great health and was having memory issues too. I told her I had written this piece about her influence on my current line of work and one of my passions. Never having been on the internet herself, she was still flattered…and… Continue Reading

A ‘Baseball Meets Wine’ Story To Welcome The Arrival of Opening Day

I love baseball, and I love wine. One doesn’t think of sitting down with a glass of wine and talking baseball, but sure enough, it’s happening more and more. My friend Danny is a big baseball fan, a former employee of the New York Yankees family, and currently roots for a Queens domiciled team. He… Continue Reading

Part 2 Of Picking The Sweet Sixteen Through Wine Analysis*

I was 1 for 4 in my Thursday games using wine as the determining factor in predicting winners in the Sweet Sixteen. Let’s see how the analysis fairs for tonight’s games. East Regional: New York, NY Iowa St vs. Connecticut. This is a tough one. I have been to wineries in CT and liked them.… Continue Reading

Picking The March Madness Sweet 16 Winners Based on Wine

It’s time again for my annual March Madness Sweet 16 analysis, based almost purely on wine. Before you laugh, look at all those X’s littering your bracket sheet already. Maybe this method is akin to picking horses by the colors of the jockeys’ silks, but at least this year, “expert breakdowns” that you combed through… Continue Reading

Irish (yes really) Wine History Revisited

I am updating this blog that first appeared a year ago to mention a handful of current “Wine Geese” I have crossed paths with this year. Not sure who the wine geese are? Then read on.  These “wine geese” are of Irish descent (first generation or past) except in one case, but all exhibit passion (bordering… Continue Reading

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