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Liquid Harmony

Liquid Harmony

Harmony. Think Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Think Picasso's The Old Guitarist. It’s that moment when various elements come together to create magic. And magic really is the word, no? Wine can also sip in harmony, and I can think of no better example than the...

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The Top 10 Wines to Invest In Today

The Top 10 Wines to Invest In Today

Imagine that back in the day you invested in a case of 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon wine. When released, mailing list members had the chance to snag a bottle of this "cult wine" for a mere US$75.00. Fast forward to now, and one bottle alone goes for...

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Welcome, Lady Adelaide

Welcome, Lady Adelaide

Alas! The Quinta Do Vallado Adelaide 2015 is now available! Though my posts generally focus on a historical event related to the wine I’m writing about, today’s is all about NOW! There’s no time to look back because our latest IBO, an ultra-premium Douro Valley...

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Thanks for the “New World,” Magellan!

Thanks for the “New World,” Magellan!

When it comes to wine, oceanic influences are quite significant. Yet what happens in Casablanca, Chile is far different from Bordeaux, France.   Sure, all oceans and seas are massive moderators, but think about coastal France, Portugal and Spain in comparison to...

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Grapes are of the Essence

Grapes are of the Essence

Every morning we wake up at a certain time on a certain day and we go about our routines. You probably have multiple clocks, from one hanging on the wall to your stove, your phone and on your wrist. But it hasn’t always been this way. For the majority of human...

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Because Life Needs Good and Evil

Because Life Needs Good and Evil

Black and white. Chaos and order. Sinner. Sinless. Life is a constant search for the happy medium, the yin and the yang. It’s as renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson explains, “Order is not enough. You can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because...

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Thank you, Lehman Brothers?

Thank you, Lehman Brothers?

On this day, 13 years ago, the world broke out in a panic when Lehman Brothers filed for Ch. 11 bankruptcy. Still the largest bankruptcy filing in US history, it was the climax of the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Subprime mortgages were to blame, lending money to...

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The Beginning and The End.

The Beginning and The End.

Alas, the sun has crossed the celestial equator from north to south. Summer is now quite uneasy, shifting into fall in the north, while life is springing into action down south. What a beautiful time of the year! When grapes are cut from the vine to create new wine,...

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The Future of Wine

The Future of Wine

We humans are bold if nothing else. Unlike any other species (that we know of), only we have chosen time and again to go boldly where no other has gone before. This holds especially true to the modern European, the first to really “discover” ignorance. Though they...

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Founder’s view  |  Thinking outside the bottle

A Mailbag Column from an Eccentric Sommelier

Maipo Valley Reds

Maipo Valley Reds

DEAR READER, I am again-and-again charmed by my readers’ curiosity! It reminds me of being a young sommelier, ready to take on the world one glass at a time. I know far too much to feel that way again—but at least I can experience a shred of it through you all! Dear...

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NOSTALGIA AND THE ADELAIDE DOURO RED

NOSTALGIA AND THE ADELAIDE DOURO RED

DEAR READER, Let’s get down to it! Dear Sommelier Ferdinand, I respect your point of view, but I must ask: don’t you think worshipping wines is partaking too mightily in the past? Wouldn’t you rather create your own memories than indulge in nostalgia? -Ethan Ethan,...

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FINE ITALIAN WINES

FINE ITALIAN WINES

DEAR READER, Sometimes you all make me so proud with your questions. Yes! —even I, the one and only Sommelier Ferdinand, can learn from you keyboard clackers. Here is such a question I received over the last week: Dear Sommelier Ferdinand, I live in Los Angeles, and...

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Sommelier Ferdinand on Wine Schedules…

Sommelier Ferdinand on Wine Schedules…

Let’s jump straight to the grape, shall we? I found this letter particularly interesting: Dear Sommelier Ferdinand, "I think what you’re doing is good, explaining wine and wine drinking to newbies like me. I found this on the internet last week and was wondering if...

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Would you bring your child to a winery?

Would you bring your child to a winery?

DEAR READER, What a pleasure to be back! I admit it: these mailbags are now my favorite point of the week. Even during the contentious back-and-forth, I always enjoy opening my inbox to see words from you all. “Kind” ones, sometimes—but as you know from last week—I...

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Harry Potter and the Magical Creation of Seña 2007

Harry Potter and the Magical Creation of Seña 2007

On July 21, 2007, J.K. Rowling released her seventh and final book of a most memorable series. In just 24 hours, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold more than 11 million copies! On that same day, in a land more fascinating than Hogwarts, Seña 2007 was getting...

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