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Posted: December 22, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
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?
Posted: December 15, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: December 11, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
The other day I was out to lunch with a friend who mentioned she had tried a wine she liked. I asked her to tell me about it, but her response was to blush and say she didn't feel comfortable. "I don't get all those flavors and stuff you do," she confessed.
Part of me was devastated. We had just shared medical secrets, family concerns and stories of heartbreak with each other, but when it comes to finding cherries or spice in a Merlot, we're suddenly no longer close? So I told my friend that I'm sure she is in fact capable of finding the differences between two beverages, and that I could prove it.
Posted: December 4, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
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Posted: November 20, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: November 15, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: November 13, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Napa doesn't really have an off-season: Wine lovers can appreciate the views, delicious wines and awesome dining options any time of year. Even so, it used to be that November was one of the sleepier times around here—the period between the rush of harvest and the twinkling of holiday lights. But two relatively new events are turning November in Napa into one of the most exciting times to visit: the Napa Valley Film Festival and Flavor Napa Valley.
Posted: November 4, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
I'm a sucker for origin stories, in part because it's something that superheroes and wine lovers have in common. Just as Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, most wine lovers have stories about getting bit by the wine bug. Sometimes our wine mythology is based in destiny, sometimes it's chance. There's usually a great bottle of wine at the beginning, although mine was quite modest.
Posted: October 31, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
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