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Flavor additions to your morning cup of coffee / Lemongrass ?

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Yes I home roast my coffee and I obsess about having fresh beans to grind. While that may sound like a coffee purist of sorts, I’m not. I love to tinker with flavors, recipes, etc. and my morning cup is no different. To that end, I’ve tried a few things to grind in with my […]

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2013 Vintage / “Speech to Text” Wine Mis-Translations on Dragon

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I sometime use “Dragon dictation” on my iphone when I’m rating a wine. It is pretty accurate, but at least once a session makes me laugh out loud. One of my favorite mistakes was when Dragon claimed that I was having a wine that “smelled like a taxi”. Here are a few from a recent […]

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WineMaker, Kerith Overstreet from Bruliam Wines

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I’ve always tried to include the winemaker in all my tasting notes – as the influence they exert over the final product can be monumental. I’m fortunate enough to know a lot of great winemakers. One who is also my close friend is Kerith Overstreet.  I’ve covered her before on this site here http://www.brainwines.com/?p=5788 but just saw […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits – Wine Making Tools – Texture Pictures

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My fascinations with wine and spirits crafting extend into the machinery and physicality of the tools utilized in these arts.  A wide array of interesting items abound in production facilities.  Here are some pictures that try to capture some of the unique tools of the trade. Please click on the link, below… https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zu2wxlmkvwaa6rh/RbA-DQULkB/Wine%20Making%20Equipment%20Textures

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2012 Vintage / Speech to Text / Mistranslations

So I use Dragon dictation on my iphone when I’m rating most wines at home. It works well, but its “translation” of what I said, at least once a session, makes me laugh out loud. One of the best mistakes was from 2011, when Dragon claimed that I was having a wine that “smelled like […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), A wonderful visit to Tulocay!, Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley, California, USA // Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah

What a winery visit this was!  Fantastically engaging winemaker / owner (Bill Cadman), lovely, laid-back, completely off any beaten touristy wine path Coombsville vibe, fantastic scenery, cute as all get out wine doggy, a ceremonial plate of (oddly mostly Risky Business style) sunglasses left over from forgetful wine enthusiasts, and, most importantly…..wonderful wines at epic […]

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A Collection of some of my 2011 Vintage “Speech to Text” Wine Mis-Translations

So I use Dragon dication on my iphone when I’m rating most wines.  It is pretty darn good actually, but at least once a session makes me laugh out loud. One of the best mistakes was when Dragon claimed that I was having a wine that “smelled like a taxi”.  Yum, hope it was not […]

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Home Barrel Aging…. and so it begins…. “Reserva Pessoal” = “Personal Reserve”

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Movie Jose Amber Orange 13MAR2012 Update 17 MARCH 2012 So after a month and one half soak in my personal oak barrel, I’ve just re-bottled the Jose Cuervo gold (movies and pics, attached left and above). She now distinctly looks a lot more like real gold and also has a gorgeous amber hue right out […]

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Beer, Nerds, “Gushing in canned beer: the effect of ultrasonic vibration”

For you beer lovers (and science-meets-booze fans), this post is for you.  (Please click on picture to expand – a short excerpt from a past beer article of mine).

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Drunken Opossums, Mouthwatering Fungal Funk, Exploding Peaches, and Allegations of Widespread Flaccidity – My Magazine Articles….

A list of my past magazine articles, below. All can be found in PDF format here = http://www.scribd.com/BrainWines – Argentine Wine (South American Tour de Vino, Carne, y Cerveza – Part 1 of 2) – Beer (Boiled flowers, fungi sex, dirty whirlpools and ant colony algorithms) – Bourbon (Corny, delectable and a toast to the French) – […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ceja Vineyards, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA

Ceja Vineyards Wine Passion Babbling Section If you are reading this it is almost certainly because you are a member of the club of people that believe in wine.  Now when I say “believe”, I mean to imply that you view wine as an entity that can be far more than simply the sum of […]

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A Photo Montage = A How-To “Guide” to “Professional” Wine Tasting

Photos organized in this general order… Steps 1) Make a silly flyer for the event 2) Contact fellow winos (in my case the esteemed members of the San Diego Wine Mafia – #SDWM on Twitter) 3) Obtain wine 4) Blind bag em’ up 5) Lay out wine-friendly foods 6) Get great folks around the tasting […]

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Cork. A Rant on Wine Closures.

Cork. Heck, just the word is enough to set off magnesium-hot firestorms among wine makers and lovers.  Much like politics, one will stand by their “team” no matter how irrational and/or circular their arguments have to become to keep the party line turgid. Personally, I dislike cork as a wine closure, and smile every time […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Petite Verdot), Rubicon Estate, Francis Coppola, Napa, 2005

Red Blend of 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1.5% Petit Verdot. N/ Huge blackberries and black fruits. Graham crackers, melting caramel, fat vanilla, raw vanilla bean. Deep, black soil. Light coconut. Light granite. WOW. T/ Full mouthfeel. Smooth, massively full, black fruits laced with giant, but tamed tannins. Slightly spiced melted chocolate. Long, fruit blast into […]

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Totally Off Topic = Blender Banana Dolphin

I’ve made a protein, berries, acai, banana, greens powder, oatmeal, beet juice, etc. fairly insane shake almost every morning for the last decade or more. (I’ll post that nut job recipe at a later date). In all that time, I’ve never met a Blender Dolphin. Until yesterday…. BananaDolphinJAN2011

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Personal Fail, Lost in Wine Translation, Tough Job for a Cooper, Em Portugues

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I find myself in Brazil, sipping a very nice Chilean red blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, and Syrah from Palo Alto) with a fellow wine lover.  He speaks zero English and my Portuguese is hovering slightly above pathetic.  We both love the wine.  Others join us and soon a cacophony of lovely Brasilian Portuguese fills the […]

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Honored by Skylite Cellars in Washington state – BrainWines named on a barrel

So the fine folks at Syklite Cellars have bestowed a little honor on us… we are named on a barrel of what will surely be incredible juice in 24 months.. http://twitpic.com/33brqh You can view their website here http://www.skylitecellars.com/ …and my first review of their incredible Syrah here… http://www.brainwines.com/?p=2316 Thanks Skylite!

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Wine Labels / Winemakers and Vineyard Workers / A Matter of Respect

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I’ve posted before about my wish that winemakers should be not only be mentioned on each any every bottle they are responsible for making, but prominently displayed, as their influence has so much to do with the final quality of a wine. Why are key winemakers and vineyard workers not listed on EVERY bottle of wine […]

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Sam Neill and a great “wine” sniffing scene…

I’m a lover of bad movies. “Daybreakers” is yet another vampire movie – but with a nice plot twist in that the vamps have increased exponentially, taken over the earth, and are now running dangerously low on human blood because of their own insatiable appetites. The movie stars Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill, and has […]

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When SWAG attacks…..

So the Wine Harlot (@wineharlots) and Bill (@cuvee_corner) and I just returned from the media “preview show” for the Gourmet Experience to be held at the Del Mar Fair grounds October 9-10.  I’m sure will be a geat show, but more on that in later posts. Right now, I must report that as much as […]

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