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Fred Swan
Works at San Francisco Wine School
Attended Wine & Spirits Education Trust
Lived in Medford, OR
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A taste of eight current releases from this Livermore Valley producer
This article includes a profile of Murrieta's Well winery and vineyard in the Livermore Valley AVA and reviews of its current release wines.
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Today's Wine of the Day is a crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc from St. Helena.
This article reviews the Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley. It also discusses Ehlers Estates' approaches to harvest and winemaking.
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Two delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District in Napa Valley
This article reviews two Diamond Mountain AVA Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from Csaba Szakal's En Garde Winery.
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A review of an excellent Wayfarer Pinot Noir and information on the estate vineyard.
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Reviews of eight Alsatian wines by Trimbach, including a stellar single-vineyard Riesling.
Capsule reviews of eight Trimbach (Alsace, France) current releases, including the phenomenal 2009 Trimbach Riesling Clos St. Hune.
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A review of the 2013 Michele Chiarlo La Court Nizza Barbera d'Asti with information on the winemaking, vineyard and sub-region of Nizza.
A review of the 2013 Michele Chiarlo La Court Nizza Barbera d'Asti with information on the winemaking, vineyard and sub-region of Nizza.
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Exploring barrel fermented and aged Verdejo in Rueda
A profile of Bodega Belondrade in Rueda, Spain with details on their unique winemaking and a review of the 2014 Belondrade y Lurton Verdejo.
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Today's Wines of the Day are flagship Cabernet Sauvignon wines representing to different terroirs in northern Napa Valley.
This article reviews two 2013 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. It also describes the two estate vineyards those wines represent.
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Classic, fruit-forward Zinfandel
This article reviews the deilcious 2014 Borra Old Vine Zinfandel from their Gill Creek Ranch estate vineyard, and info on the winery's history.
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A review of a new book that will help you easily make a wide variety of delicious cocktails to delight your friends.
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Why wine ratings and point scores are used, why critics don't always agree and how to use ratings to help you buy wines you'll like.
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Reviews of the 2012 Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili and 2011 Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barolo
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Introduction
I'm the founder of NorCalWine.com where I write primarily about the wines of Northern California. I contribute to other publications too, including The SOMM Journal, The Tasting Panel and PlanetGrape.com.

I'm also an instructor for the San Francisco Wine School where I teach CWAS, CSW, FWS, Somm training, Wine & Beverage Program Management and more.

I hold the following wine-related credentials: WSET Diploma, Certified Sommelier, certified California Wine Appellation Specialist and Certified Specialist of Wine, certified Level 3 WSET Instructor, French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Professional and WSET Level 3 Sake. I'm also a graduate of the Napa Valley Vintners Wine Educators Academy.

Other interests include food and dining, technology (especially Apple products), baseball, art, music and goings on the SF Bay Area.
Education
  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust
    Diploma, 2012
  • U.C. Berkeley
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Male
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Wine Writer, Wine Educator
Employment
  • San Francisco Wine School
    Instructor, 2012 - present
  • NorCalWine
    Editor-in-Chief, present
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Previously
Medford, OR - Evanston, WY - Oakland, CA