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Lest Ye Be Judged: Guest Judging At The LA International Wine Competition

When I check in to guest judge at the long registration table at the Sheraton at the Fairplex, in Pomona, California, my Wines of Bordeaux host hears my name and bounds across the room to greet me. Jana Kravitz is pretty, stressed, and very, very French…or pretty, French and very, very stressed… either way, she ushers me into a ballroom filled with round banquet tables covered in white tablecloths, before introducing me to the five other judges at the table where I’ve been assigned. On the …

Welcome to our updated website

After being away for far too long we have returned with a brand new website. Please look around and let us know what you think. The all-new GrapeSmart is going to be a cuvee of all sorts of good things. Stick around, take a sip and see!

50 Years of New Zealand History-Making: Villa Maria Wines


Ravenswood: Joel Peterson and his Powerful Elixirs

But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore – What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking `Nevermore.’ In Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven,” a bird comes out of the night and leaves an indelible mark… …