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Where or where will it end? Unlimited money to burn is a great thing, I mean who would not want such means. But I ask this question up front, is it good for the wine industry? The prices for my beloved Burgundy have reached a point where I can no longer participate. Please hold your […]

Kobayashi Maru

The name first appearing in Star Trek Wrath  of Khan, it’s a test given to all Star Fleet officers. The so called “no win scenario”! Addressing the choice for this name is not easy, as it addresses my persona as much as anything. I would say like the character in Star Trak, one Captain James […]

The Pope of Barbaresco

A span of time measured in months, years or decades is finite, micro, meaningless. However when measured against piers in one’s own industry these measurements can be vast. This condensed version of time will record that with in this very short period a star was born, a region realized, a building of a new world […]

I Do Love The Label Reader

Boy do I love the label reader’s. the boys and girls that say hey if it’s Gucci, Armani, Zegna or Ferrari, Bentley, Mercedes or maybe it’s Lafitte, Latour, D.R.C., Leroy it has to be good. Now some might know these labels by appearance, certainly the Automobile fits that description. And designers of clothing can be […]

Dirty Laundry

It’s true that people, not governments, are what make up the soul of a country. The essence of a people is not the negotiated treaties, bloated talking heads or propagandized photos which we consume daily. In fact, our so called “free press” is not so keen on providing images of what life is really like […]

Robert Parker Jr. Notes

As most Santa Barbara cognoscenti know, Greg Linn is a huge fan of Burgundian wines, and has dedicated his projects in Santa Barbara to making potentially long-lived, elegant, flavorful wines in a more European style – at least from an alcohol perspective as rarely do these wines exceed 14%. All of the above wines are […]

Cross Roads!

So, here’s a story that’s rather funny, at least to me.  I had already started my trek into fine wine and was in search of every allocated item that could be found. I had not settled on any particular varietal at this point because the whole thing was still new and anything hard to find […]