If you’re at all like me, you’ve no doubt been in a situation where you could use some quick wine advice.  Be it at a restaurant, wine shop, winery, etc., you want the ability to make an informed decision or to just know a little bit more about the wine you’re tasting or prepared to buy.   And if you’re even more  nerdy about it like me, you probably have a “cellar” (something a bit above double-wide status, but below a McMansion) of wine at home where you keep them logged in a database.  Naturally, you probably don’t have access to the database when you need it – at the point of sale.  Those days may change if you have a trusty smart phone/iTouch/iPad, where there are of course, apps for that! (more…)

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The leaves have turned and the weather has done the same – the holiday season is now upon us.   As if there weren’t enough reasons to drink wine already, the holidays offer an excellent, if somewhat challenging, opportunity to expand your wine experience and knowledge.

Family, friends, food and the general festive atmosphere offer perfect opportunity to enjoy all types of wine — everything from sparkling wine (e.g., champagne), to whites, to reds and dessert wines.   Perhaps the most challenging task will be what wine to pair with your meal, followed up only by what to bring to a (dinner) party, with the goal of helping yourself look smart while not breaking the budget. (more…)