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Uncovering Treasures Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge

by Chuck Hayward

Tasting through the pinots that were recently poured at the Seventh Annual Marin County Wine Celebration in Larkspur was a revelation. It had been about three years since I last had a chance to immerse myself in the wines from this emerging appellation. And while some of my past impressions were reconfirmed, at the same time, I gained a few fascinating insights that bode well for the region's future:

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Marin: Wealthy in Wine

by Chuck Hayward

Major wine tastings usually follow one of two basic formats. One focuses on a single variety, as with ZAP or the upcoming Pinot Days. The other centers on geography, like those hosted by the Wines of Spain or the Sonoma County Vintners Association tasting to be held in San Francisco in July. The problem with some of these bigger geography-based events (the Sonoma tasting will cover 12 different subregions) is that there is so much to take in, everything runs together and wines start blending into each other.

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Vinitaly: The Aftermath & After Party

by Chuck Hayward

After any major wine event, the behind-the-scenes folks gather together, take a load off and have a drink (or three). Standing on your feet all day and pouring wine to assorted consumers and sales reps, followed by entertaining clients at dinner takes its toll. So when everything is said and done and the credit card slips are signed, those with some spring left in their step converge on "the" place to be.

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Vinitaly: Postcards From the Edge

by Chuck Hayward

Following our adventures at en primeur week in Bordeaux (and prior to that a week in Burgundy), some of us decided we needed to taste more wine. So we donned our helmets and made our to Verona to attend the annual wine fair known as Vinitaly, a trade event that has taken on legendary proportions.

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You've Come a Long Way, Baby!

by Chuck Hayward

During my recent trip several people inquired if I had been to Germany before. "About a lifetime ago," I replied. My answer was both a reference to the number of years, as many of my fellow travelers were not even born then, and also how modern today's wines are compared to those antiques of yesteryear.

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