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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.

Experience in the area

30 years in the business.


Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society


Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.


I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors

Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients

Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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Recent Answers from Paul Wagner

2016-09-12 Penfolds Grange:

Hi Michelle    in the case of wines this old, the real question is always storage conditions.  Most collectors and connoisseurs are hesitant to buy from and unknown collector because they can't be sure

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

2016-06-29 1976 Dom Perignon:

Hi Tim     This is a tough one.  Even the best Champagnes (and this is one of them!) begin to show their age after about twenty-five years, and this one is now forty years old. Most connoisseurs and collectors

2016-05-03 Collectors item:

Hi Pieter    This wine might have some value in South Africa, but on the world market it does not.  These commemorative bottlings rarely do, because they fall outside of the normal run of top quality wines

2016-04-25 rare flor sherry:

Hi John     Sorry to hear about your dad.  I went through the same thing with my parents just a few years ago.  It isn't easy!    As for you wine, it's a nice bottle.  Because of a number of factors (it's


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