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Monday, Oct. 26, 2009
Ever since I took an "Advertising and Society" class my senior year at [redacted], I've looked at advertisements with a more critical eye. I also received the worst grade on any paper in my academic career in that class because I focused too tightly on marketing in my research -- or at least that's the explanation the...
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Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
I never thought this would be a difficult entry. I estimated it would be easy enough to put together a Hallow'een-themed wine column. I figured there would be any number of selections easily lending themselves to the cause. A quick trip down the beer aisle would keep me in business for weeks...
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Monday, Oct. 12, 2009
When I last wrote about Argentina, I mentioned chardonnay as their premier white grape. During a warm, albeit rainy and dreary stretch in January when neither of us really felt like leaving the house, we recently sampled a few bottles of Torrontés, long considered their signature white and now finally arriving in the States...
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Monday, Oct. 5, 2009
A journey south of the Equator, to the world's fifth largest wine producer, Argentina. The history of Argentinean wine closely mirrors that of its neighbor, Chile. Spanish missionaries planted the first vines during the mid-16th century. The city of Mendoza was founded in 1561 in the heart of the premiere wine growing region -- it remains the core...
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Monday, Sept. 14, 2009
Ah, discovery. Since I try so many different kinds of wines, every once in awhile, I have a "this has been right in front of my face for years—why haven't I been drinking more of this?" moment. Not long ago, I grabbed a bottle of Cabernet Franc on a friend’s recommendation, and I found I really, really liked it. Predictably, research followed...
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Monday, Aug. 24, 2009
One of the first wines I every wrote about on the Naked Vine was malbec, not long after having discovered it initially. Since then, I haven't had much of an opportunity to natter on about this until-recently-overlooked varietal. Lovers of French wine know...
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Monday, Aug. 17, 2009
Allow me a moment of nostalgia. I was speaking to a group of new freshmen at the institution of higher learning that funds my wine habit. As part of answering a question, I came out, for some reason, with, "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate…" No one batted an eye. They had no...
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Monday, Aug. 3, 2009
Maybe Maynard Keenan is just being prescient. Keenan (lead singer of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) writes a song in the mid-90's about Los Angeles sliding into the ocean. At around the same time, according to the trailer for the documentary "Blood into Wine," he has a vision about growing grapes and making wine on an Arizona hillside. A continuation of the same dream? Whatever his motive...
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Monday, July 27, 2009
I've had a chance to dig into the mailbag and give some well-deserved recognition to some of the readers who have graciously added their suggestions. Without further adieu Cycles Gladiator 2006 Merlot - When a bartender gives an honest recommendation, listen. Jen C. mentioned this merlot and I decided to give it a swing. Cycles Gladiator was...
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Monday, July 20, 2009
Ah, summertime. Fresh vegetables and herbs. All the natural yumminess you'd ever want, right there for the taking at your local farmer's market or in your backyard if you're lucky enough to be able to keep things a'growing. I know that I focus a lot on what to eat with grilled food during seasons like this, but I'm just as likely to want something light...

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