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The Sandy Koufax of Wine

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In many of life’s artistic and skilled pursuits, you’ll find a singular enigmatic figure who follows a less traveled path and forges something unique. This person is often something of an iconoclast, plainly marching to the beat of a different drummer.

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Marche and Abruzzo – Adventures for the Wine Club

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For those of you who love travel and appreciate the more off the beaten path and non-touristy experiences, I have decided to chronicle my cultural and culinary adventures around Italy as we search for all the special selections for our wine club members. The blog posts will feature wineries visited, short restaurant reviews, places and sights worth visiting and local …
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The 5-star, 100-point Mediocre Experience

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If you have ever seen the Black Mirror episode called ‘Nosedive’, where everyday interactions as simple as riding in an elevator with people, office dialogs, or how you are driving (already is something we can rate for many truckers) are rated with a 5-star system, you become slightly aware of this important and scary trend of ‘likeability’ and ‘please-ability’. We …
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Another Wine Paradox

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When I’m in Rome, I occasionally go to mega-tastings where you pay 200 euros and up to sample some of the world’s greatest wines. I don’t do it often, but such events provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to taste otherwise inaccessible bottles. For example, at Bibenda Day 2013 the organizers poured, among other notable wines, ’77 Valentini Trebbiano, ’90 Pergole Torte, ‘98 …
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Where is the quality food in Rome?

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If I were to ask you, ‘where would you expect to find better food, Rome or your hometown or country’, what would you answer? Well, perhaps that depends on where you live, but I can only imagine that many of you would guess Rome, since it is in the heart of what many consider the food country of the world. …
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Deceptively Delicious Points

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Can you ever imagine grading a wine like you grade a spelling test or high school math test (using the grading method of the United States)? Or better yet, think of grading fine art pieces. What percentage would you give to the Mona Lisa? The Starry Night? Dancers in Pink? Campbell’s Soup Cans? What percentage grade would you assign to …
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A Glass of Michigan

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Being a wine passionate, I was sure to ship home some of my favorite French and Italian bottles before I landed here.  With access to good wine much more difficult than in Italy or Santa Barbara, I surely didn’t expect the same wine offerings at friend’s parties.  The smartness in this decision becomes fully apparent as I’m offered a glass …