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10 Things you didn't know about Merlot

10 Things You Don’t Know About Merlot

My wine friend, Monique Soltani over at Wine Oh TV had a chance to sit down with well known wine personalities to discuss the Merlot grape in anticipation for October’s #MerlotMe celebration. Since the movie, Sideways came out nearly ten years ago, the Merlot grape has taken a beating and it’s time to starting giving the grape some love:

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SOMM: A Movie for Wine Lovers

This November a documentary called SOMM will premiere at the Napa Film Festival. Anyone who likes wine or has eaten out at a restaurant might enjoy watching all the joy and pain people go through when trying to pass the Master Sommelier exam. Film maker Jason Wise got the idea when his friend, Brian McClintic started studying for a series…

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Pairing with the Masters Book Giveaway

I’m giving away copies of Pairing with the Masters to subscribers of Back to Bakas. This is the ultimate guide to pairing wine+food together from Master of Wine, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan and Master Chef, Ken Arnone. All you have to do is be subscribed as a reader. That’s it!

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Video Update on the Napa Valley 2012 Vintage

When you hear about a “good” vintage or a “bad” vintage do you know what determines the difference? Here’s a video update on Napa Valley’s 2012 as it’s taking shape. This year is looking like it’s going to be a “good” or maybe even “great” vintage in the valley. And this from the winemaker perspective up in Calistoga at the other end…

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A Really Goode Job & St. Supéry Three Years Later

The 4th of July has already come and gone. This holiday is especially memorable for me because it was 4th of July in 2009 that my life changed forever. Back in the spring of 2009, Murphy Goode winery ran a genius PR campaign called, “A Really Goode Job”. They asked people to submit a 60-second video describing why they should…

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Domestic Sparkling Wines

Domestic Sparkling Wines Sommelier Bill Elsey from wines.com talks with his cohost Jessica about sparkling wines made in the U.S. using the same method as Champagne (Methode Champenoise). Lovers of bubbles will like Bill’s pick’s, especially one of my favorite values from Gruet in New Mexico. I met Bill this year at SXSW in Austin. He’s an up and coming…

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The Last Dinner on the Titanic Reimagined

To commemorate the 100 years since the Titanic sank a band of foodies in New York city led by my friend, Johnny Cigar decided to reimagine the last meal aboard the Titanic. Accomplished chefs and wine professionals replicated each course from that fateful last 5-course meal through the lens of how we see food in 2012. Definitely one of the…

Pork Lovers! The Mother of all Food Experiments on Video

. . The Oregon Culinary Institute explored the idea of pork products.  They raised two different kinds of pork, then had a feast to see which kind of pork tastes better—pen raised or farm raised.  The experiment was documented by Acutal Industries, and here’s what took place: OCI Heritage Pig Project: Trailer from Actual Industries on Vimeo. OCI Heritage Pig…