Sonoma Winter WINEland 5: Martin Ray

(Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4) At MARTIN RAY WINERY, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, we were greeted with an enticing Martin Ray 2011...
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Sonoma Winter WINEland 4: Mueller

(Part 1   Part 2   Part 3) Our only stop on the Northern Sonoma Winter WINEland to pour exclusively from the Russian River Valley was MUELLER, established twenty years...
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Sonoma Winter WINEland 3: Taft Street

(Part 1  Part 2) The crew behind TAFT STREET Winery, our second stop on northern Sonoma’s Winter WINEland 2013, call themselves “garagistes,” a French term that came into vogue in Bordeaux...
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Available now: R.E.M. Perfect Circle

I have a book published this week in the UK. It’s called R.E.M. Perfect Circle. Is it a new biography of the band? Not exactly. Is it a straight reissue of...
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A Light Never Goes Out in New Brunswick

Saturday February 23, I hosted a reading for my Smiths biography at the brand new Barnes & Noble in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As with most of my other readings,...
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Sonoma Winter WINEland Part 2: Dutton-Goldfield

(Part 1) First stop on the Winter WINEland trail: DUTTON-GOLDFIELD, where we were formally greeted outside the tasting room with a glass of their 2011 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay Russian River...
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Sonoma Winter WINEland Part 1

I’m not much of a Napa man. That doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of its most famous export Cabernet Sauvignon, and if you’d like to buy me a bottle...
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Mammoth Powder Part 3

A Mammoth Skiing Adventure Part 1 Part 2   Skiing is a curious sport. From the outside, it seems perfectly pointless. A close relative has asked me a few times,...
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