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JOHNNY RIVERS REALIZATION, IMPERIAL RECORDS, 1968

Imagine for a second you’re Johnny Rivers. You should be a fictional character. A plucky first baseman with a big swing and dreams of rising from the ash heap to start for the Brooklyn Dodgers. A big-city card sharp in a rural Southern town who falls for the crime boss’s girl and gets roughed up by toughs. You’d be played in the movie by Frank Sinatra, maybe. Or Dean Martin...

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HOBO FOLK MACHINE PINOT NOIR, 2007

I'm not much of a California wine drinker. I know that's controversial since I live here in California, but I can't really help it. I cut my wine tasting teeth on the East Coast where the wine scene is much more Euro-centric. We didn't see a lot of California wines back there, and when your palate becomes accustomed to the earthy, nuanced wines of the old world, the super fruity, thick, high-alcohol wines from around here can feel like a smack in the face...

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