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07.2010

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THE GREAT GIN REVIVAL

Article by: LIZA WEISSTUCH - Whether you’re talking politics, literature, culinary icons, or movies, there’s always a place for gin in the conversation.  After all, Winston Churchill, FDR, Julia Child, and Jack London are among its most famous fans, to name but a few.  With all the hullaballoo around vodka throughout the last decade-plus, gin got muscled to the far reaches of the back bar.  But in the recent past, the category has made a serious comeback.  As consumers have [...] Read More »

A GOOD, FAMILIAR CREATURE

Article by: HARVEY FINKEL, MD - About 25 years ago I was going through something of an epiphany regarding wine’s influences upon health. At the time there were two committed camps in the US. A sizable number insisted that anything containing alcohol was intrinsically evil, prohibitionists denying that any good could ever come from drinking, however moderate. (Despite ever-mounting evidence to the contrary, few have moved off their spot.) A smaller group of Panglossians hopefully saw panacea in wine, having concluded [...] Read More »

BALLARD CANYON SYRAH

Article by: SANDY BLOCK, MW - If Ballard Canyon in California’s Santa Barbara County is as unknown to most wine professionals as it had been to me prior to a recent trip to the region, my prediction is that it will soon be “discovered”. The pending AVA is a source of superb Syrah. Not that Rhône varietals from California are burning up the market but the quality here, across the board, is simply too good to ignore. If you’re seduced by [...] Read More »

PINOT NOIR IS HAPPENING IN MONTEREY

Article by: HARVEY FINKEL - Few indeed are sources of world-class Pinot Noir. Let us count them. The gold standard resides in the Côte d’Or and, to a lesser degree, the Côte Chalonnaise. I’ve drunk two or three exemplars in the Alto Adige, Italy’s most northerly reaches. Over here, we have Oregon’s Willamette Valley and in California the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Barbara, and, in spots, Santa Cruz. We might also include cooler areas of the Antipodes. [...] Read More »

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