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#WINEDERLUST

Read #WINEDERLUST, Erlinda’s wine column in The Columbia Star. No jargon. No snobbery. Just practical, approachable wine education.  Learn about wine basics, varietals, regions, and our local burgeoning wine culture.

Find her most recent #WINEDERLUST column in The Columbia Star.

February 18, 2020

For wine lovers, the Raging ‘20’s will be as exciting as ever with access to increasingly more wines, more varietals, and more styles.  With the wine tariff debate still...

December 30, 2019

There is nothing more fitting than a glass of bubbles to celebrate a special occasion or holiday. And sometimes just making it through the day is like winning the jackpot...

December 20, 2019

France’s Rhône Valley is one of the most important wine regions of the world following the north-south course of the Rhône river for close to 150 miles from Lyon to the R...

December 5, 2019


As a wine educator and sommelier I’m frequently asked to divulge my favorite wines. It’s difficult for me to answer, as I genuinely find merit in most wines I am fortuna...

November 7, 2019

Rosé all day. All night. All year. For millennia.  

I hope you can deal with it. I sure can. And I’m by no means alone in that regard. Rosé is ubiquitous, it’s the fastest...

August 16, 2019

Of all my field research of wine regions around the world, no area has affected me more deeply than South Africa. The post-apartheid wine industry is more complex, nuance...

June 8, 2019

Wine has always a been a means for me to explore the world, discover new tastes and aromas, and engage with fellow wine professionals from around the world.  As a wine ed...

May 4, 2019

As if analyzing what’s in the wine bottle isn’t complex enough, we now have to factor in the myriad of wine closures available into our wine evaluation equation.  Are cor...

April 26, 2019

Rosé all day. All night. All year. For millennia.  

I hope you can deal with it. I sure can. And I’m by no means alone in that regard. Rosé is ubiquitous, it’s the fastest...

April 18, 2019

Earth Day—April 22—is one of the largest civic action days of the year with an estimated 1 billion people in 192 countries participating in some form of global environmen...

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