• Wine of the Week: 1/14/11

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tim Perr this week to taste through some of the Pali Wine Co.’s latest releases. Chatting with Tim, we lit upon the...


  • January in Sonoma

    Slow time in Sonoma is sometimes the best time to visit. If you want to beat the crowds and feel like you’re on a private tour of Sonoma there is no better...


  • A Sneak Peek at ZAP Festival Zinfandels

    Zinfandel is an American treasure. There are great old-vine vineyards around the globe that range from Nero d’Avola in Italy to Grenache in Spain and...


  • Fernet For Life

    There's a fairy tale quality to fernet -- we're talking Brothers Grimm, not Walt Disney. Alone in a glass, the cola-brown bitter conjures the woods and...


  • Top Zinfandels from California

    The following are some Zins that I think are standouts at this year's ZAP Annual Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco, January 27-29. With hundreds, if not...


  • Sonoma: Events in January

    January is filled with great Sonoma events, and great chances to meet with some of your favorite winemakers as they share their unique insights about the...


  • Rock-Star Wines

    There’s an old saying that if you want to make $1 million dollars in the winemaking business, it’s easy -- just start with $4 million! That may not be...


  • Wine Trends for 2011 (Part 1)

    Well, it’s that time of the year again. Like clockwork, forecasts for wine trends come about as surely as Thanksgiving Day wine recommendations and...


  • 5 Top Cocktail Trends for 2011

    Energy drinks: More pre-mixed energy beverages -- and by this I mean the return of Four Loko and drinks like it. The ridiculous over-reach by the government...


  • Negroamaro - January 2011

    Last week, I talked a little about the Puglian wine scene and my thoughts on the matter. The response I received was interesting to say the least. In fact, I...


  • All About the Contest

    We want to see you celebrating like an Australian! Have you heard how easy it is to enter Snooth’s Australian Vacation Giveaway in just three steps? 1....


  • Best Negroamaro Wines for the U.S. Market

    Duca Carlo Guarini, 2007 Piutri Negroamaro, $18, A little too much raw wood on the nose seems to be obscuring nice clay soil tones and dried fruit notes....


  • Doing Less

    By chance last night I found a fortune cookie, and when I cracked it open, the slip inside held the phrase "do less, not more." I've been thinking about...


  • What We've Been Reading

    On the Wine Trail in Italy: When Alfonso Cevola says he is on the wine trail, he's not talking just talking local but across the two countries he calls home:...


  • Wines from Puglia, Italy

    On a recent trip to Puglia, Italy, I was fortunate to taste through the wines of tens of producers. There was the usual range of styles -- modern to...


  • Rum Time

    Life sometimes throws you a curveball. What’s the saying? When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Well, I need something a bit stronger. You see, I had...


  • 3 Top Puglian Wines in the U.S. Market

    On my recent trip to Puglia, I found the wines made with the Nero di Troia (aka Uva di Troia) grape were the most interesting and appealing wines for my...


  • American Rums

    So, first on my list of domestic rums worth the search would be Ragged Mountain Rum from Berkshire Mountain Distillers, located in Great Barrington, MA, an...


  • Answers to Your Wine Questions

    (Full page) After my earlier article reviewing 10 common wine questions, I received a ton of e-mails asking several follow-up questions. Some were a little...


  • 5 More Frequently Asked Wine Questions

    After my earlier article reviewing 10 common wine questions, I received a ton of e-mails asking several follow-up questions. Some were a little too silly to...


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