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A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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G’day Mate! It’s Pickin’ Time!!!

As the winter chill loses its cling to the spring season, the temps are warming and sun is shining in

Shaw + Smith; one of Australia’s leading wineries

the northern hemisphere. It marks the beginning of another start to the long and dramatic growing season culminating in roughly 5-6 months with the grape harvest. […]

Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology of WINE

It’s March Madness – a great time of year if you’re a hoops fan. There are many parallels you can draw between college basketball and wine such as blending, strategy, scandals and cheating, steroids, marketing, and sales. In the spirit of Joe Lunardi, the ubiquitous name when discerning the field of 65 to 68 teams, […]

An Update on Australia with Michael Hill Smith, MW

Once known for its stickies, Australia has earned a reputation for making lots of value-priced wines produced from grapes like Shiraz (Syrah), Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Riding the unprecedented success of Yellowtail ten years ago, more producers have begun churning out like-minded wines, rich with fruit and offering extreme value. Many of these wines became […]