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Wine Pecularities

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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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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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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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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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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The Wild Yeast named Brett

Brettanomyces Even those of us who live in cities seem to instinctively know what the aroma descriptor “barnyard” is meant to convey, and unfortunately even easier to relate to is “dirty gym socks”, “wet bandages”, and/or aged cow excrement.  Such bouquets, at first pass, might seem like ones to avoid in a wine, especially since […]

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