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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Wine and Power–A Palimpsest for Armistice Day

Armistice helped launch another war in America. It was called Prohibition and it proved an egregious failure. Also, as advertised, the war to end all wars, didn’t work either. The next one was worse.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Sommeliers

Holmes may err along the way. But with Watson riding shotgun, in the end everyone comes home alive by popular demand, except the bad guys.

The analogies pertinent to the sommelier’s oft touted powers of unraveling the mysteries of wine come to mind.

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Sommeliers and Waiters Wearing Strait Jackets

Sommeliers and Waiters Wearing Strait Jackets The cost of wine pairing dinners keeps ahead of the impact and pleasure of these events. The menu below is genuine, and the chef is one of the best known and liked guys in the industry from Coast to Coast. When these gigs...

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Author’s Preface

The origin of this book dates to 1984. Ironically, that year was a “harvest from hell” in the Willamette Valley, and few winemakers or consumers in Oregon have not repressed their recall of that time. The years prior and following, on the other hand, were very good...

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