Author Archives: Kim Sopko

Legends of the Fall

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My Passionate Defense of the Screwcap

At our store, the first few months of every year are spent re-tasting wines we’ve had for a while, to see how they’re holding up and to refresh our memories on forgotten items.  To expediate this process, we often sample … Continue reading

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Petite Sirah: The Rodney Dangerfield of Wines

Personally, I love the personification of wine. Appellation America does a terrific job of anthropomorphizing grape varietals, and a lot of them are pretty spot on. (In particular, their piece on Gruner Veltliner as a Euro-hipster makes me giggle every … Continue reading

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What to Pair?

One of the reasons I love reading Dr. Vino’s wine blog is the series of Impossible Food Pairing pieces that he does. As of yet, I haven’t seen him tackle what I believe to be one of the most difficult … Continue reading

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Carmenere: The Lost Varietal

I’ve read an awful lot about wine — all the major publications, the top wine blogs and all the informational packets that winemakers and sales reps send me — and it’s all interesting to me on some level.  But every … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Syrahs

Throughout the years there have been many speculations as to the origins of the dark-skinned syrah grape. Recently, thanks to the magic of DNA science, it has been unequivocally proven indigenous to southeastern France, close to where it now thrives … Continue reading

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Wine Sex & Hybrid Grapes

Did you know that cabernet sauvignon was born as a cross between sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc?  Or that chardonnay is intimitely related to pinot noir?  As it turns out, 75% of wine grapes are very closely related, either as … Continue reading

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WineMind Recap– Burgundy

It’s always been difficult to sell wines from Burgundy here at Premier — the wines are subtle and understated, the region is quintessentially “French” (i.e. complicated and confusing), and the vintages are wildly inconsistent.  But the thing is, when they’re done right, they can … Continue reading

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Riesling: How Sweet It Is… Or Is It?

I love a good riesling.  In fact, I believe the riesling grape to be the most noble of white grapes, an opinion shared by a great many wine writers and sommeliers, including my wine idol Jancis Robinson.  Rieslings are versatile, … Continue reading

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