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Ridge, Three Valleys, Sonoma

Grapes 65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouchet,1% Grenache and a partridge in a pear tree.   Facts You know what I’ve always admired about Ridge? It’s that they manage to “do Zin” without making me feel like feeling I’ve just been molested by blackberries and alcohol. True story. The […]

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So You Want To Build a Wine Cellar…

I continue to receive numerous questions from people looking for advice on building a wine cellar, and whilst I can usually help to answer most people’s queries, I prefer to occasionally defer to the superior knowledge of my good friend Curtis Dahl, co-owner of Joseph & Curtis. Curtis is an expert in all matters wine […]

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LOOK OUT!!!! FRUIT BOMB!!!!

Whenever you hear the term “Fruit Bomb,” what is being referred to is a modern-style of winemaking, which quite simply emphasizes fruit above all else. These wines are big, in-your-face, rich and jammy; they feel like….oh….I don’t know…..errrmmmmm….. an angry 400-lb. man wearing a bright purple jumpsuit and boots made out of plums, blackberries and strawberries […]

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Grape Expectations

Since this is my first piece for the new Jacksonville Magazine blog on the subject of all things wine and food, I thought it wise to give a brief background into who I am and what I’m doing here. [By “here” I mean Jacksonville, as well as “here” on this website and by “brief” I mean […]

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