Swirl

Canned Goods

Remember a decade ago when the big debate was Cork vs. Cap? Simpler times, my friends. Simpler times. We’ve...

Tech Tasting

With apologies to Orson Welles, it seems, “We shall sell no wine unless it’s online.” With...

Get Lit: Writing an eternal, boozy truth

I’ve written a few drunk scenes—pretty much any action in my novel Quantum Deadline is preceded by a bout...

Sober Rover

Didn't make it very far into "dry January" this year? Me neither. Sober Diary, January 2: "This is fine, but...

Get Boont

The little wine weekend formerly known as the International Alsace Varietals Festival is back from its "gap year." And,...

Coast Boast

There's such a want of wine-tasting opportunities on the Sonoma Coast that the loss of the Joseph Phelps Freestone...

Making It

As I traipse up and down a strip of Commerce Blvd., the first question I have about Old Caz...

Future Ex

Way back in 2001, years before I wrote Swirl, I reported on my experience at the democratic drink-fest that...

Now That’s Hazy

Timing is everything in brewing. Beer style depends on the timing of the mash and hop additions, and IPA...

Bloody Good

In 2020, I resolve to buy more organic products. I'll support local farmers; at the farmers market. And, of...

Blanc Elephant Party

Are the chains of the Ghost of Christmas Present scraping on the floor already, and you haven't even checked...

Occidental Wines’ notable pinot

Sporting a minimalist “shed” aesthetic, in concrete, glass, and wood, Occidental Wines has a pricey and exclusive look, but surprises with a down-to-earth vibe.

Hard Wine

In December, thoughts turn to Tom and Jerry. And brandy. Any cheap brandy will do for...

Aha, Rioja

When I say Burgundy, you say Pinot Noir—the red wine grape of Burgundy that's also made the Russian River...
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