Current Events, Wine Tasting

Is Wine Tasting Out of Control?

Going to a winery tasting room used to mean a day of relaxation while sipping a glass of wine, taking in the view, and maybe listening to acoustic music that complements the atmosphere. Wine tasting meant learning about the wines and where they came from with a little wine education thrown in for good measure. You were entertained by your…

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Current Events

Get-Tough Laws Affect More Than Just Immigrants

Say you are looking for a job. You find an advertisement for a seasonal farm worker for a vineyard that pays $18.00 an hour. Sounds great, right? Until you realize what the actual job entails. First, it’s seasonal, so laborers have to alternate between long stretches without any income and then months of 60-hour weeks. They work in extreme heat…

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Current Events, East Coast Misconceptions, Lehigh Valley Wine Region

Is The Lehigh Valley Poised to Become The New Finger Lakes?

When one thinks of American wine, it is often our thoughts find us in sunny California, Oregon, and Washington while some of the more outside-the-box drinkers may branch out to include the Finger Lakes, Virginia, and Long Island. America’s wine scene is full of infinite possibilities as well as surprises. Not only does every state now make wine – many…

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Current Events, PLCB

PLCB Might Allow Liquor Sales on Groundhog Day

If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.Most Pennsylvanians, as well as almost anyone in the United States, know about Pennsylvania’s ridiculous liquor laws. I face the struggle all the time as a wine writer, as well as working at a local winery in PA. The limits, rules, and taxes we face are mind-boggling. As a wine…

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Current Events

Gun Violence: What is The True Problem?

Considering the news and world happenings lately, San Bernardino, CA being the most recent, gun violence has been on my mind, as I’m sure it has been on yours. It’s hard to sit here and write about wine when there are tears over the senseless deaths of so many. So instead I raise my glass in solemn salute to the lives…

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Current Events, Holidays, Wine Pairing

Fear, Thanksgiving, Community

There is tragedy happening all over the world at this time. We mourn it all and Paris represents that whole. It is echoing the shared pain of violence throughout the world. If we stood vigil for each and every tragedy, we would never sleep. We weep for every life, inadvertently or deliberately marred by senseless violence. Paris has shown that…

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