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Chozas Carrascal Las OchoA Happy Moment with Chozas Carrascal from Utiel-Requena

Don’t you love it when you find $10 in the pocket of a jacket you haven’t worn for a while? Or when you’re at the store and don’t have a coupon, but the cashier scans one for you anyway? Those little happy moments help make the day just a little brighter and put the spring…Read More

Clark Smith on The Punch DownRecap: The Punch Down Episode 9 with guest: Clark Smith

WARNING: This episode contains extreme wine geekiness! But Clark Smith sure makes geeky, fun, and as it turns out, he has a darn good singing voice as you’ll see in the first 3 minutes of the show! Clark Smith is a winemaker and consultant who is stirring up the world of wine because he’s not…Read More

Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'AcquiBrachetto d’Acqui – for the holidays and beyond!

The holidays are zooming towards us at a breakneck speed and soon we’ll be surrounded by the smells wafting from the oven, mingled with pine from the tree as more needles fall to the floor onto the debris of the long anticipated and hastily opened gifts. Our exercise routines will have been forsaken and replaced…Read More

The Punch Down Episode 8 with Antonio GalloniRecap: The Punch Down Episode 8 with Antonio Galloni

If you are a fan of wine from California, Italy, Burgundy or Champagne – you’re going to want to watch this episode! Wine critic Antonio Galloni formerly of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, now founder of Vinous Media, joins us and we chat about everything from the 2013 harvest in Napa (his report will be…Read More

The Punch Down Episode 7Social Media Smackdown on Episode 7 of The Punch Down

It’s 12:27pm, 33 minutes until we go live with Episode 7 – cue the now familiar feeling fluttering excitement in my stomach. The laptop power cable is curled under my toes and the external HD camera balances precariously on the top of the thin screen like an elephant on a tightrope. Looking forward to the…Read More

Veritas ViognierVirginia, my what pretty wines you have

I looked out over a sea of color – hundreds of people, thousands actually, were huddled under a rainbow of bright umbrellas, or enjoying the refuge of cozy canopies, while torrential rains lashed down around them in the open fields at Veritas winery in Afton, Virginia. This was the July edition of the overwhelmingly popular…Read More

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