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The Other Side

I’ve been involved in wine for approximately the last 10 years, all of it ending in a culmination of a great job, titles and some serious certifications. The carrot was always dangling in front of me, and after completion of … Continue reading

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Pelaverga Anyone?

February 2016 was the first time I’d tasted this grape, having no idea what it was, or even how to pronounce it! I was in Vancouver at the Wine Festival, where Italy was a special guest and I was able … Continue reading

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Not just Another Evening with Friends

Sometimes as life moves along, and there’s stuff to be written, it just doesn’t get down on paper…it’s the same stuff, blah, blah, blah. Writing about tasting wines (again), teaching about wines (again), learning about wines (again), it just gets … Continue reading

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So….What’s Next?

There haven’t been many posts as of late. Upon my return from South Africa, the studying began again in earnest as I prepared to write (yet again) the exam for Italian Wine Expert.   After the heartbreaking result of 89 … Continue reading

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South African Adventure – Journey’s End Vineyards

For four weeks, I am here in South Africa learning all I can about the ins and outs of winemaking, daily chores in the cellar and picking fruit in the vineyards. You never know what will happen in the cellar … Continue reading

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