I’m pretty sure that whoever came up with the concept of the wine club also invented the time-share.  The feeling of the consumer is roughly the same:  A bit of buyer’s remorse followed by the realization that it’s the gift that keeps giving (and charging).

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Funny story.  Several years ago, a dinner guest brought over a bottle of wine. Of course, I didn’t open it and proceeded to stash it in my paltry wine rack.  It was a fine bottle of Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon (or some other “varietal”).

Several months later I pulled Mr. Shaw out of the rack on my way to a dinner party.  Up until this point I considered myself something more than a novice about wine.  Apparently not.   To my brief embarrassment, as noted by the odd looks I received, I quickly learned about Two-Buck Chuck. (more…)

I’ve always considered myself a beer guy.  Done the import, the microbrew and the homebrew thing.  And of course liked it.  I still do — but somewhere along the way I’ve found myself getting more involved with wine.  I believe wine, and knowledge of, provides a new and significant challenge for me (and, I assume to most others as well).

The immediate goal of this blog is to provide an outlet for my interests in learning more about wine and to pass along tips and advice for the everyday wine drinker.  If you’re interested in learning about different styles, regions, local wine tastings, great deals, great wine shops, etc. hopefully this will be the place for you.  It will not be, however, a place that will appeal to wine snobs.