Randy Caparoso:

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About me

Occupation Wine Journalist; Wine Country Photographer; Restaurant Wine Consultant
Location Lodi, California, U.S. Outlying Islands
Introduction "I fought against the bottle," as Leonard Cohen wrote, "but I had to do it drunk"... specializing in wine as a restaurateur, retailer, wine judge, journalist, frequent flyer and mental traveler. But to me, wine is a food like a rose is a rose. So why all the fuss? Currently: Editor-at-Large/Bottom Line Columnist, The SOMM Journal; Contributing Editor, The Tasting Panel. Awards: Sante's Wine & Food Professional of the Year (1998); Restaurant Wine's Wine Marketer of the Year (1992 & 1999); Academy of Wine Communications (commendation) for Excellence in Wine Writing and Encouragement of Higher Industry Standards; Electoral College Member, Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone.
Interests Besides wine, food, Vietnamese coffee and sleep: kids and grandkids; San Antonio Spurs; mysteries, thrillers and the occasional sci-fi or fantasy fiction
Favorite Movies There Will Be Blood, Ghost Dog; Ghost World; The Age of Innocence; The Music Man (1962 version); Kill Bill (Vol. 1); Monty Python's Life of Brian; Eat Drink Man Woman; Der Blaue Engel; On the Waterfront; East of Eden; Best Years of Our Lives; The Big Lebowski, About Time
Favorite Music Timeless jazz (Billie, Louie, Duke, Ella, etc.); timeless rock (re Pretenders, Beatles, The Who, Sublime, Beachboys, etc.); men with scratchy voices (Cash, Dylan, Cohen, Haggard, Reed, etc.); women with even deeper, scratchier voices (Cat Power, Holly Golightly, Holly Cole, Dietrich, Cline, Springfield, Nico, Feist, Peyroux, Krall, et al.), Hawaiian; Cajun-Zydeco; guajira; calypso y bomba; early reggae
Favorite Books Nabokov's Ada and Lolita; Borges' Ficciones and Labyrinths; Tanizaki's The Makioka Sisters; Tolstoy's Anna Karenina; Block's Hit Man series; Chandler's The Big Sleep; MFK Fisher's Consider the Oyster; Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route; Herbert's Dune; Thurber's My Life and Hard Times; Barthelme's Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts; Lynda Barry's The Good Times Are Killing Me; Kate Atkinson's Life After Life