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How Did You Do in Our ‘Wine Numbers’ Quiz?

On Tuesday, we presented a numbers-focused wine quiz. In case you missed it, here’s how it worked: I assigned each number below a letter. Below that, I assigned each answer a number. Your job was to match up the letters

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How Much Do You Know About Wine Numbers?

The world of wine is brimming with numbers — sun days in the vineyard, tons on grape scales, milliliters in bottles, and on and on. It’s enough to drive a math-challenged person like your beloved wine blogger nuts. In the

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A Wine Book That Stands the Test of Time

Summer may be over, but you still have time for some good “summer reading.” Although it was published in 2002, Wine and War remains one of the best wine-focused tales ever told. As Library Journal noted, the book recounts “the

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Napa Valley Film Festival: Ready! Set! Drink!

The bucolic Napa Valley may be the last place you’d expect to encounter a Hollywood-style red-carpet premiere. But for five days in November (the 12th through the 16th), California’s most famous wine region will play host to the Napa Valley

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Exploring the ‘Gold Rush’ Wineries of Apple Hill

The Gravenstein, Jonathon and Gala apples are in. As October begins, Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Paula Reds are reaching full ripeness. As the days start to get cooler, Mutsu, Empire and Red Gold apples will be picked. And as November

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Bad Jokes and Scary Good Wine

Some years ago, I tried to become a ghostwriter. But I couldn’t find any ghosts who wanted me to write for them. Baroom-boom! That’s one of those bad jokes that, thankfully, you usually hear only around Halloween time. In case

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Slow Down and Savor the Wines of Texas

Across America and around the world, wineries in specific geographic areas have joined forces to form groups for the purposes of promotion and marketing. In California, for instance, we have the Russian River Valley Winegrowers in Sonoma County, the Rutherford

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Unwind With Wine on the Water

Theme cruises are all the rage today. Matter, of fact, I’ll be taking my first in January when I join long-time music-loving friends aboard the Norwegian Pearl for a concert-intensive cruise called Cayamo. And then there are wine cruises, which

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What’s Pasta Without Wine?

A meal of pasta, salad, bread sticks and a soft drink sounds pretty good to me right now. But what if that meal were priced at $99? Not so good. But wait! What if that $99 brought me all the

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Quake Reminds Us That You Can’t Put a Price on Human Life

Two weeks and two days have passed since the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century rocked the Napa Valley. We reported on the quake the day after it hit, sharing friend and colleague Jim Caudill’s early impressions.

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