Charles Flitcraft On the Road Again

Amber LeBeau, a collaborator and blogger of wine good sense at Spitbucket (https://spitbucket.net), posted a piece on the kind of messages wineries might better post than hustling their wares and committing their mission to clean toilets. I was trying to integrate her...

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V is for What?

I write about wine pretty much each day. I use the preposition “about” in the sense of covering all aspects of my encounter, from learning or regarding place, people, vines, and fashion. It remains a fool’s errand in that mastery of the topics embraced defy attempts...

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A Parable: Who told us to do this?

We operate in a world governed by inherited ideas and rituals. For example Lewis and Clark left the Mississippi Valley to explore the Oregon Territory to the beaches at the mouth of the Columbia River. They followed the sun. On their successful return, they followed...

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Good wishes to those facing fire challenges in Sonoma

For the third season running, the principal wine areas of California are coping with fire. For the schadenfreude crowd who live for thrills of destruction when it happens to someone else, this is like two seats on the aisle in the orchestra for Hamilton. For normal...

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Drawn from the work in progress

A postscript: this really occurred after completing a chapter of “Celebrating Stags Leap District: Decoding the people, the punctuation and world Disruptive Wine” so it literally represents writing after. You cannot make this stuff up, only record what proved a...

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A Post: Recent Activities

Is it celebrity fatigue? Is it boredom with presidential aspirants? Are you convinced that Russian operatives caused the Trailblazers to tank in four? Well, I have no answer to any of the above queries. What I can tell you is that there appears a stunning photo of...

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Going All In at Arden:

This Portland restaurant is making winemaker's dinners hip again Hosting a winemaker’s dinner seems like an easy way for a restaurateur to fill every seat in the house. So one may ask why so many fall flat, or at least short of expectations, devolving into overpriced...

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A Splurb.

What is a splurb? I could say it's a typing error, but a neologism sounds more apt. New words and phrases in new contexts is a writer's bread and butter. So consider the splurb. We post a splurb when we are not in the Wal Mart and sending a text telling your 3 million...

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The Wines of Iris Vineyards: Aiming High

Good stories have good beginnings. “Etiology”, the stories of origin, make great copy. Ovid, the Roman poet, dined out frequently on his stories about how things became what they became. In gathering stories about how wine businesses began, I found plenty of lore. A...

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California Punch line: A Glass of Wine is not an Experience

Knock, knock There was a time in America not long ago when humor based on identity was acceptable and made everyone laugh except Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Before the PC Police plunged its dagger into the heart of Americans’ congenital goodwill, we told ethnic jokes, a...

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