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Reactions to 2009 Knez Winery Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


 I always want to love Knez wines, but they don’t seem to want to be loved. They’re more like standoffish housecats deigning your admiration than slobbery Golden Retrievers craving your affection. But as of August ’15 the Knez ’09 Cerise is finally opening up and and willing to be a little vulnerable. Certainly distinctive to the […]

Reactions to “Pinot Envy” by Edward Finstein


Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein My rating: 1 of 5 stars I like fun whodunits set in California wine country, but this one doesn’t clear even my low bar. Pinot Envy really should not have seen the light of day. The author lacks fundamental technical writing ability, and his editor apparently did nothing to help […]

Reactions to “Nose: A Novel” by James Conaway


Nose: A Novel by James Conaway My rating: 3 of 5 stars The quintessential “summer read”. A lightweight romance+whodunit that takes place in the wine industry of a barely-disguised Napa Valley. The industry bits are important to the story, but they’re not heavy-handed, superfluous, or distracting. If anything, some of the mistakes in detail even […]