Category Archives: Books

Recommended book: “Vertical,” by Rex Pickett

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! I’m in Portland, Oregon for the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference. Left Gainesville, FL at 10:51am, changed planes in Charlotte and again in Phoenix, arrived about three hours ago, took the MAX lightrail to downtown Portland … … Continue reading

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Miles and Jack are back! New book, “Vertical,” by author of “Sideways”

Uh-oh, look out, kids! “Sideways” is back in the form of a play, to open soon in Santa Monica. (Visit—two readings have been staged so far.) And, Rex Pickett has written a new book called “Vertical,” available on Amazon. … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A book! “Judgment of Paris” by George M. Taber.

Full title: Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. 352 pages, $10.88. Published in 2006, this engaging book serves as a brief history of wine-making and recounts the tiny 1976 wine tasting … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Chalone Vineyard, 2007 Merlot, Monterey County. 13.5% ABV. Around $12, available for as little as $7.34.

When we dined out recently (Mesa de Notte, Ocala, FL,, we were pleasantly surprised by the wine list. In fact, TWO Chalones (Merlot and Chardonnay) were on the wine list, along with a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A book! “Summer in a Glass” by Evan Dawson.

Engaging, entertaining profiles of winemakers in the up-and-coming Finger Lakes region of NY. The book reads like a novel, but these are real people, and at the end of each chapter I’m almost sorry to leave each new friend/expert and … Continue reading

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The Cycle of Riesling

“Riesling is the grape that is bringing worldwide recognition to the Finger Lakes, but it has a curious relationship with wine drinkers. A casual drinker tends to prefer sweeter wines—usually white—and Riesling fits the profile. But as they broaden their … Continue reading

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