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March 2016

Screwing Up, Growing Up
A vagabond cellarhand shares adventures and lessons learned from hard work at wineries
Posted: Mar 24, 2016 10:30am ET

Wine saved his wedding, and when his marriage fell apart, Darren Delmore turned to the life of a vagabond cellarhand, a wild ride fueled by coffee, marijuana and countless bottles of wine. Wine Spectator executive editor Thomas Matthews looks at the adventures and life lessons recounted in Delmore's book, Slave to the Vine.


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A Spy in the Cellar
The multifaceted life of Peter M.F. Sichel
Posted: Mar 10, 2016 2:20pm ET

People come to the wine business by many paths. Some are born in it. Others are drawn to it by passion, plunging in after earning success in other fields. But few—if any—can match the trajectory of Peter M.F. Sichel. Sichel's great-grandfather began buying and selling wine in Germany in the mid-1900s. Like the famous Rothschilds, another family of German Jews, the Sichel family scattered to various European capitals to establish branches of the business, which became an international success.

Peter, born in 1922 in Mainz, Germany, grew up in prosperity amid an extended family that prized education, culture and gastronomy. His lively and comfortable childhood occupies the first third of his newly published memoir, The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy (Archway Publishing, 2016; $24).


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Learning About Wine
An open letter, in response to Matt Kramer, about the value of organized education
Posted: Mar 3, 2016 11:50am ET
What's the best way to learn about wine? In Wine Spectator executive editor Thomas Matthews' experience, the keys are tasting wine, visiting wine regions and talking to other knowledgeable and passionate people. Wine lovers and professionals can be self-taught or benefit from formal learning in an institutional setting. Wine Spectator values both.
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