The American Wine Society is holding its annual conference in Portland Oregon in November and I'll be there.

I have been asked to talk about Pinotage and wine labels.

As author of the first book on the Pinotage I will be telling the story of this South African variety, and we�ll enjoy some good bottles including two from California, one from Virginia and six from South Africa.

My other topic will be wine labels. My book �Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape� looked at odd and amusing labels from around the world and my seminar will look at why wineries pick funny pictures and excruciating puns and we�ll taste some to show that good wines can have amusing labels.

Hope to see you there.
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