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30 Second Wine Advisor: Is the oak age over?

May 4, 2015 - 11:00pm
I don't know whether it's just my buying choices or if the market is changing, but it seems to me that the age of the "oak bomb" is passing, and I for one won't mourn it

WebWineMan: Merlot holds its own.

May 4, 2015 - 11:00pm
If you are a fan of merlot, you may have been feeling a little left out of the wine buzz, writes Richard Fadeley. But you can relax, he says. Merlot is America's most popular wine.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Plastic wine bottle?

May 4, 2015 - 11:00pm
Fine wine in a plastic bottle? The very idea probably gags most wine geeks. Wine-in-plastic seems so wrong in so many ways, from the practical to the purely emotional.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Steak or pasta with Tuscan reds?

May 4, 2015 - 11:00pm
You're looking forward to a good Chianti or even a fine Brunello with dinner. What will you serve to show off this amiable red wine at its best? This is not as simple a question as it seems.

Vino e Cucina d'Italia: White Sangiovese - it does exist

May 4, 2015 - 11:00pm

From Hugh Johnson's 2015 Pocket Wine Book

May 4, 2015 - 11:00pm
This year's Johnson mini- encyclopedia is so chock-full of information that you won't believe it all fits in a pocket. It's only a little larger than my iPhone 6+! Updated annually since the 1970s, it just keeps getting better and better.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Bubbly trivia: Plaques!

February 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Planning to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly? Thinking about Champagne reminded me of two of my favorite truly obscure wine words: "muselage" and "plaque de muselet."

WebWineMan: Wines for the Turkey

February 12, 2015 - 12:00am
No meal is more challenging to the wine lover than the holiday dinner. "You are not only confronted with a panoply of flavors but with people, young and old, who may or may not like wine, white or red."

Taylor Eason: Rosés to write home about

February 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Rosé wines are tasty all year round, but summer is high season for all things chilled and pink, writes Taylor. "Rosés are custom-made for thirst quenching. It only makes it better that they're affordable too." Here's her report on some good California dry rosés.

30 Second Wine Advisor: Wines We Love for the Holidays

January 22, 2015 - 12:00am
Now the winter holiday season begins! This is a time to mark the season with something special, wines that we not only enjoy but that may have special meaning for us.