Author Archives: David D.

About David D.

I'm a wine professional. Like a real one who makes most of his living in wine and have for most of my adult life. I also write, but you can see that.

Food & Wine Thursdays: Is This a Good Idea?

I’ll be honest. I’m largely posting this thought because I want it to be on the record for a couple years down the line so I can follow up on this prediction. There’s a new restaurant opening near me in … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: The Same Old Song

First, let me say that I have yet to read San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor Jon Bonne’s latest book, The New California Wine. I know what it’s about and I intend to read it very soon, but I haven’t gotten around … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: The “Myth” of Native Fermentation

In the ever-fluid list of criteria to determine whether a wine is “natural” or not, the idea of natural, native fermentation always seems to bubble at or near the top of the charts. The fundamental principle behind native fermentation is … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Odd Grapes Out

Although we’re seeing the results of an increasingly global wine world and the accompanying appreciation of grape varietals from Spain, Italy, Portugal, and other countries beyond France, there still remain some oddball Old World grapes that found miscellaneous pockets here … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Five Fine Wines for Making Sexy Times

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s holiday celebrating several different early Christian martyrs, none of whom were particularly known for their conversation hearts, with the exception of their utterances of “ouch” shortly before being nailed to the cross and speared through. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays and The Mystery of Too Many Taps

You’ve been there before, right? You’re excited. You see row after row of shiny beer taps topped with handles ranging from the simply informative to the downright whimsical. The beer world is at your feet. You can order whatever your … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Argentina, On Beyond Malbec

I’ve already written about Malbec on this blog, but I thought it was a topic big enough to re-address. I apologize to my regular reader(s?) if I repeat myself excessively. In the last couple years the grape Malbec has become … Continue reading

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