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David Baines

I can answer any questions with regard to Wines of the world, Spirits and Liqueurs.

David Ling

I have 40 year`s experience tasting, collecting and enjoying wines as an amateur enthusiast. Bordeaux and Port are my particular loves and I regularly buy and sell at auction. I have a good library and frequently participate in on-line discussions. I can only help with valuations, buying or selling if you tell me where you live as there are many variations around the world.

Antonio Rocha Graša

Viticulture issues, enology / winemaking issues. Wine regions of the world, with specialisation in the wines of Portugal, including Port. Tasting and sensory analysis, chemical analysis and the relation between both. Wine industry and wine economics (BUT NOT PRICES OF WINES). Sources of information regarding any aspect of wine. The human element of the wine industry and the integration of all aspects and sciences that concur to make a wine. Terroir.

Becky Sue Epstein

Can answer questions on wines and wine-and-food pairings, including: Champagne, sparkling wines dessert wines. Also fortified wines such as sherry, Cognac, Armagnac and other brandy

Paul Wagner

Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

Tom I'Anson

My expertise covers all aspects of wine including knowledge on regions, grapes, vintages, wine types and tasting. I can also answer questions on fortified wines such as port and sherry as well as some questions on Gin.

Joshua Farrell

I can answer most any question about wine- types, styles, grape varieties, regions, vintages, proper storage, production, wine and food pairing, wine service, decanting, proper glassware, serving temperatures etc. Regarding questions about specific bottles of wine, since I live in the U.S. my focus is on wines imported here. I can't answer questions about spirits and liquor valuations.

Mark Gluckman

All basic wine questions: domestic (US) and international. Some esoteric Italian regions still leave me mystified.

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2016-08-24 Fratelli Cella:

Hannah,    Obviously you've never heard the ads "Chill a Cella!" (pronounced like the stringed instrument with an "a" at the end). Similr to Riuniti, it's an inexpensive wine made from Lambrusco grapes

2016-08-17 champagne:

Hi Kevin,    Bottles of this age are difficult to value as NV Champagnes aren't made for long keeping. I don't think Hankey Bannister or Renaudin Bollinger Champagne have been made for many years. (HB

2016-08-17 Long neck bottle:

Hi Irma    This is a display bottle from Italy, used to promote this wine in restaurants and retail shops.  It was never made for drinking, only to catch the eye of people who came in the door.    As such

2016-08-14 Port:

That is a very common occurrence. What happened was that tannins and anthocyanins (compounds responsible for wine colour and taste) bound together until they finally grew up so much they became insoluble

2016-08-14 denis-mounie cognac:

Hi Michelle,    These miniatures are from a famous Cognac house that produced a 'Gold Leaf' blend in 1963 for the US market, in honour of its 125th anniversary. The firm was later acquired by Hine, became

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