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With the price of wine as well as everything else going up, it’s hard to deviate from those varieties that are old and familiar.  By staying with “old faithful” one cannot … more
The emerging lesson of the 21st Century is that, try as we might, we will never exercise full control over nature. It is faster, stronger, and sneakier than we are. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, … more
You don’t judge a book by its cover nor do you judge a wine by its price.  In more than 30 years of writing about wine, I have sampled some monumental stinkers that sold for more than … more
Many of us, as we progress through the trials and tribulations of life, have lost track of or have completely forgotten an old friend who helped us through our college years, consoled us during our … more
Wow! Just two months ago I said the move to all-electric vehicles was starting to grow exponentially in some countries and I’ve learned since then that nine countries have set a final date to … more
Winter is upon us but it is a great time for a cup of tea and a seed catalog.  Planning future gardens is an important winter activity for gardeners.  We dreamily envision our … more
Valentine's day may prove to be a bit difficult in this year of the COVID-19 monster.  Kissing, hugging, holding hands and other displays of affection from either sex is strictly verboten … more
With the combined tumult of Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, the presidential election and not to forget the COVID-19 fears, it has been one active and emotionally trying season.  The … more
Two years ago, I launched a renewed effort to fight fraud and abuse in government by creating the Public Corruption and Fraud Division in my office. In every corner of the state, we've shown that … more
Ritual, an interesting word and is even more interesting when it is the name of a wine from the Casablanca Valley of Chile. Let's start with the word. The Webster dictionary definition is … more
It is almost impossible to write a column about wine without frequently mentioning the wines of Italy as that country is the most prolific producer in the world.  Not meaning to bore you with … more
Why do I consider ‘electrifying’ transportation an important issue?  The main reason is that transportation is the largest emitter (28%) of greenhouse gases in the United States, so … more
In most instances, the white wines of a country are rarely considered as the touchstone for that nation's  wines, but it is its red wines that usually carry the day.  The proof is easy … more
In the area of wine, I believed that like Atlantis, Australia had slipped beneath the sea as I hadn't seen Aussie wines in the market place in a very long time.  The answer to that conundrum … more
I believe that this will be the quietest, most calm New Year’s Eve celebration ever to be experienced in a long time.  The lack of large gatherings or parties does not mean that you … more
I hope the reader will not fault me for often writing about lesser known wine and wine labels.  My goal in doing this is to put an end to “wine boredom.”  All too often we … more
In our second Sunday of Advent, we used Luke 1:26-38 as our scripture reading. The key verse in this scripture is Luke 1:38a. This is Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel after she receives the … more
We are rapidly approaching that time of year when we must plan ahead for the upcoming Christmas, Chanakauh and New Year's Festivities. I sincerely hope that the current coronavirus unpleasantness … more
The Star-Journal is seeking candidates to write a weekly, biweekly or monthly contributing column for its weekly Opinion page in the Friday print edition. Those interested should email Editor Nicole … more
In my last article, I encouraged readers to replace their small, gas-powered equipment and tools with electric ones.   This month I will discuss the coming electric revolution in … more
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