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The Reluctant Sommelier: On Summer Water and Other Things

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Nina Sventitsky

The week of April 23rd began with aromas of ripe strawberries, hues of onionskin, pale salmon, and deep ruby, all captured in bottles of chilled zesty freshness. For me, rosé season kicked off that week and I fully expect it to last through Thanksgiving.

It started out on a super-bright, warm Monday in Los Angeles. As a first-time ‘blind’ volunteer panelist for a well-known wine publication, I would be working through 33 wines, including 16 rosés, still and sparkling.… Read the full article

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The Reluctant Sommelier: Wine Gifts for Valentines Day

By | February 13th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

By Nina Sventitsky

There’s still time to get a cool wine-related gift for your top person – even if that person is you.  Some ideas follow, and my short list of bubble bottles…

  • $199 to $399

My #1 gift is a pricey gadget that allows you to open that rainy day wine whenever. It preserves bottles for months (and supposedly years.)  The principal is that you can open that $65 of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, enjoy a glass and come back to the bottle months or years later to enjoy again. … Read the full article

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The Reluctant Sommelier: You Blend

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

by Nina Sventitsky

Mona Lisa: What!

Vinny: Nothing, you stick out like a sore thumb around here.

Mona Lisa: Me? What about you?

Vinny: I fit in better than you. At least I’m wearing cowboy boots.

Mona Lisa: Oh, yeah, you blend.

I know you do it.  You have about an ounce of wine left in the bottle, it goes into the glass. Then if you do anything at all, do it big: “I’ll just open the next bottle and add it to the glass.”  You’ve just created your own plonk, er, blend.… Read the full article

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