I Give Parker an 89

At a party, I was introduced to a fellow wine collector. I inquired as to the kind of wine he (notice the masculine pronoun) cellared. He responded he has a case of the 96 point 'this', the 97 point 'that', the 95 point 'this' and let's not forget the 99…
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A February Love Story

All the forms had been filled out and I sat quietly with my paper jacket on hoping I didn't have it on backward while I waited for the technician to come in. The door opened and a very lovely young woman with a beautiful smile and happy eyes greeted me…
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Pinot Noir is for Girls

At a recent grand wine tasting, in order to help guide a fellow attendee (who cannot be named) through the wide selection of wines, I asked where his preferences lied. He responded with your typical male answer: just red, bold wines, California Cabs and anything but Pinot noir. In fact…
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Bring Back the Mystery

My grandmother Mamie O'Neill was the gatekeeper for preserving the sense of mystery she felt was essential for all young women. Mamie always had a hanky or two tucked away in the pocket of her house dress* at the ready to put between our blossoming breasts if they were even…
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Grape Groupies

Are you what I call a "Grape Groupie"? I have encountered many wine drinkers who claim they only drink one varietal of wine. "I only like cabernet sauvignon" or "merlot" or even worse, "chardonnay" they tell me. I have yet to understand the reasoning around this one-grape addiction. It may…
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