Pat Kettles

We are not exactly situated in the heart of winedom here in north Alabama, so it’s a good wine day when word comes that “a wine rep will be in…

Ironically, America’s two most maligned wine varietals — chardonnay and merlot — remain among America’s most popular. Despite overwhelming neg…

In the early days of this column, Randall Grahm, eclectic owner of Bonny Doon Winery, made wine news for his departure from planting tradition…

Ask the man on the street to name an Italian wine and, if able to do so, “Chianti” will likely be the answer. There are reasons for this, thou…

A few weeks back, I was wishing for spring and the accompanying warm weather that ushers in the season. Actually our spring, if indeed there w…

When this column first appeared in the Star 17 years ago, I was a neophyte to varietal specific glassware. I, like a lot of my contemporaries,…

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