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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Roasted: Why Not to be Self-Conscious About Your Wine-Tasting Notes

My coffee descriptors could use a jolt, but learning any beverage is a journey

Posted: February 10, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

My colleague Harvey Steiman's recent blog posts about pairing wine and coffee reminded me of a story about the intersection of wine and coffee in my own life. One of our neighbors across the street invited us over for a beer. In his kitchen was the biggest, fanciest espresso maker I've ever seen. He was completely obsessed with coffee, and after chatting a while, he suggested I stop by a coffee tasting, or "cupping," at a local coffee importer and roaster that's open on the weekends.

News & Features  :  News

Napa Police Recover Rare Wine Stolen from the French Laundry

Sheriff reports much of $300,000 in vinous loot found in North Carolina; no arrests as investigation continues

Posted: January 23, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News

Russell Bevan Purchases Saunders Vineyard in Napa Valley

Bevan Cellars also hopes to move into winery in development nearby

Posted: January 8, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

R.I.P. Arthur “Jay” Fritz Jr.

Reflecting on a former boss

Posted: January 5, 2015  By MaryAnn Worobiec

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur "Jay" Fritz Jr. over the weekend. A long time ago, before my nearly 18-year-so-far (yikes!) tenure at Wine Spectator, I worked for J. Fritz Winery (now called the Fritz Underground Winery), and Jay was my boss.

Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

To Kalon: Napa's Top Terroir

Posted: December 31, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Paso Robles Defines New Terroirs

Posted: December 31, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

2014 New York Wine Experience Wine Stars

Posted: December 31, 2014  By Augustus Weed, Esther Mobley, Ben O'Donnell, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Rhône-Style California Whites

New reviews of rich and refreshing Viognier, Roussanne and more

Posted: December 22, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Line in the Sand

Why should a single number separate wine lovers from each other?

Posted: December 18, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

One of the conversations going around (and around) in wine circles lately has been the discussion about balance, alcohol and the imaginary line in the sand of 14 percent alcohol.

The other day I was picking a wine to bring to a friend's house for dinner. My friend is one of those "13.9 percent good, 14 percent bad" people. We've had multiple conversations about the topic, and I've even gone so far as to serve him wine in paper bags to distract him from this number--and to prove that he can, in fact, enjoy a wine at 14 percent alcohol or higher. He's unphased.

But the process of trying to find a wine we would both like made me sad that his wine world is so small, when there are a lot of great bottles I would have loved to share with him. Why do there have to be "sides" in the world of wine?

Dec. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Petite Sirah's Resurgence

An almost-forgotten California red offers powerful flavors

Posted: December 15, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

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