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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

2017-03-05 1995 Crosby stills Nash wine.:

Hi James     Wines like this are often interesting to music lovers, but they never seem to attract bidding from wine connoisseurs.  "Special Occasion" bottles just don't seem to appreciate in value that

2017-02-24 1991 Monterey Cristal Cabernet Sauvignon:

Hi Dave    I've never seen a bottle like this, so I'm going to make some educated guesses about it.  Cristal is a brand name used by Kendall-Jackson for a high level sparkling wine.  And since this bottle

2017-01-09 Port:

Hi Raymond    I don't have great news for you.  If you have a bottle of vintage Port that's been in our cupboard for 30 years, it must be from 1983? 1977?      Those are great years (Vintage Port is only

2017-01-07 Wine Bottle:

Hi Jennifer     I can't read the label perfectly, but it looks like it's from Marchese Villadoro--a respected produced in the Barolo region in northern Italy.  Beautiful wines, although this one seems

2016-12-15 Unusual mead bottle:

Hi Betty     I am an expert on wine and mead, but not on bottles.  So I can tell you that mead is not something that generally improves with age like some fine wines.  In fact, connoisseurs and collectors


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