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Murray: Mondavi brother continues history-making tradition

Got a note recently about a wine pioneer named Mondavi who's going to be honored in California later this year.

August 05, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Summer's heat calls for a wine that's sweet

Yep, it's summer. If you don't believe the thermometer and the humidity indicator, just check your personal sweat factor.

July 09, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Family farm grows love of fine wine

This is the first in a series of profiles of Georgia wineries. Subsequent profiles will appear when the writer feels sufficiently motivated to do them ... or when his editor yells at him.

June 03, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Bet you never knew this about your wine

Here's an unsurprising fact: California is the leading wine-producing state in the nation. What is surprising, however, is that 90 percent of American wine comes from the Golden State.

May 06, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Rieslings are good for sippin', too

I'm a riesling fan! The white wine grape known alternatively as Johannisberg riesling and white riesling is adored by most hard-core winos - even those who wax rhapsodic over nothing but big, strong, hearty red wines.

March 31, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: If wine smells off, most likely it is

It was supposed to be just a good-quality, mid-range sangiovese - a red wine from Tuscany - served at a popular pizzeria in South Hall.

March 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Shopping for a wine lover? Think locally

Ho ho ho, and all that seasonal stuff. It's coming up on that cheery time of the year, and wine lovers should be completing their lists for Santa to fill.

December 25, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: A little research goes a long way

There are two places where folks who like an occasional glass of wine - but who don't know much about it - feel pangs of anxiety. They feel their throats constrict, their self-esteem begin to melt like Dove bars left in an August car.

November 12, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Next time you pour, think in the box

A wino friend dropped by recently and I thought he was going to have a stroke. He spotted - gasp! - a box of wine on my kitchen counter.

When, with sinful glee, I offered him a swig of the stuff from a cardboard box, he gagged and staggered off the porch and into the woods. I think a bear got him, which I think he would have preferred to being forced to drink wine from a box.

October 08, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Winemakers push to attract female buyers

Shopping for wine in a wine shop can be an intimidating experience for anyone - man or woman - who's unsure of what's lurking on the shelves.

September 10, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Go ahead — take the plunge into winemaking

Like red wines? I do. And I enjoy passing along to my readers word of good ones I encounter.

August 10, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: If you’ve got time, invest in a bottle

One of the nice aspects of writing a column for a daily newspaper is the interplay that results with readers.

July 09, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Raise a glass to a wine pioneer

We in the wine world lost a giant of a man last month. Robert Mondavi, whose name became synonymous with California wines, died May 16 at his lovely home in Yountville, on the northern tier of the Napa Valley, at age 94.

June 15, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Murray: Introduce new tastes with a wine party

Looking for a way to entertain friends and give them good information at the same time?

May 18, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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