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Happy Buddha Belly

Happy Buddha Belly

Budai: You can find the Happy Buddha – Budai everywhere in China and it is said to bring good luck and fortune if you rub his belly. I will bring him to the winery if you want to rub his belly. When we were in China, we went to a very famous tea region in…

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The Cost of Wine

The Cost of Wine

Blame your great-great-great-grandparents for the cost of wine! Between the years of 1920 to 1033, there was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that we call Prohibition. In 1933 the 18th Amendment was replaced with the 21st Amendment which allowed the production and sale of alcoholic beverages….

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Wine Ratings – The Good, Bad and Ugly

Wine Ratings – The Good, Bad and Ugly

What are Wine Ratings? If you have been following this series for the last few weeks, we have talked about Seeing, Swirling, Smelling, Sipping and Savoring your wine. Hopefully, you have a deeper appreciation of wine and are taking the time to be Zen with your wine; in the moment. Now we are going to…

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Is it a Hangover or an Intolerance?

Is it a Hangover or an Intolerance?

My Head Hurts: Is your aching head caused by a hangover or intolerance to wine? When the body consumes too much alcohol it often starts complaining the next day. We all know the symptoms: headache, nausea, dazed and confused. Ethanol has a dehydrating effect caused by increase urine production causing thirst (grab another beer –…

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Wine Tasting – Savoring

Wine Tasting – Savoring

So far we have Seen, Swirled, Smelled, Sipped and now we get to Savoring the wine. So if you haven’t swallowed your will from before, go ahead and do so now. After Savoring, the Finish begins: Remember the Attack was when wine first hits the palate and now we are experiencing the Finish. Sometimes the…

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Tannin got your tongue?

Tannin got your tongue?

Victim of a tannin? So you sip that expensive Napa Cab packed with tannin and all of a sudden your lips are sticking to your teeth, you mouth is all puckered up and you feel like you just drank all of the sands in the Mohave dessert. Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it? Well to some, the…

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Just Sip Back and Relax – The Art of Wine Sipping

Just Sip Back and Relax – The Art of Wine Sipping

Many people grab a glass of wine and just chuck it back while in mid-sentence while being highly distracted; instead let’s learn how to focus on the moment (very Zenish) and understand everything that is about to happen as we learn the art of wine sipping. Strong flavors on the palate will alter the experience,…

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Funk in your Wine? How Come?

Funk in your Wine? How Come?

Is there a Funk or a Skunk in my wine? Hopefully many of you have spent the last week wandering around sniffing all sorts of things. With any luck, you smelled some pleasant things, but what if the experience wasn’t so pleasant or had a FUNK? This week we will be talking about identifying some…

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Wine Tasting – Smelling

Wine Tasting – Smelling

I hope you all had a chance to take a moment to LOOK at your wine over the last week; now we are going to start Smelling the wine! On Monday, Lisa and I and two great club members ventured down to the Guadalupe Valley in Mexico for some relaxation and wine tasting, needless to…

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Wine Tasting: Look Before You Sip

Wine Tasting: Look Before You Sip

If you are wine tasting, or just having a glass, before you take that next sip of wine, stop and take a good long look at the wine in your glass. There are so many things you can learn about the wine just by looking at it if you know what to look for. When…

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