• A Little Bit of Malbec

    Malbec seems as though it is always preceded by the word "Argentine" these days, though the cringe-worthy alternative “Argentinian” is probably even more...


  • 6 Malbecs Reviewed

    2007 Seven Hills Walla Walla Valley Malbec 13.8%: Lovely aromas of violet, juniper and faint hints of rosemary emerge early on to be joined by a nice...


  • COF2011: Sauvignons and Ponca

    Sauvignon needs to mature slowly for it to show good aromas and structure, and the soil of COF is adapted to bring out the best in Sauvignon. The typical...


  • We're Waiting For You at Stoller

    We're tasting Oregon Pinots from two of the most exciting vintages ever! Join me at Stoller Vineyards for a great virtual tasting with winemaker Melissa Burr...


  • Building and Bottling a Financial Model

    For our e-mail newsletter today, we’re going beyond the bottles. We’re taking a look at what drives financial models and how building your own can...


  • David McDuff at I Clivi

    At the top of a hill in Corno di Rosazzo, just steps across the border from the Collio into the Colli Orientali del Friuli zone, lies the estate known as I...


  • What We've Been Reading

    The reporting from Friuli by the COF2011 group is getting better and better. A group of wine writers is on the ground and visiting some of the most exciting...


  • What Wine Goes With This Chocolate?

    White chocolate is, as we all know, not really chocolate at all but rather it’s a confection usually flavored with vanilla. This is ‘chocolate’ at its...


  • Valentine's Day Champagne Cocktail Roundup

    Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion for a Champagne cocktail. They're versatile. You can make them sweet, dry, fruity, floral or spiced. Whether you're...


  • Pairing Wine and Chocolate

    Wine and chocolate is a mysterious pairing that seems to have starkly different results for different palates. Which, of course, is fine since the only match...


  • A Hug After Rough Secs

    Awoke yesterday morning with an extra lift in my somewhat overwhelmed step. A faintly cocky bounce on the tips of my toes in the knowing that I was going to...


  • Merlot Makes a Comeback

    Merlot has had a rough time over the past few years. Once everyone’s favorite easy-drinking red, Merlot was stigmatized by Miles’ famous line in...


  • Perfectly Paired

    Enjoy course-by-course dining on your private balcony in a six-star resort as it serenely moves from one coveted Mediterranean harbor to the next. We invite...


  • Best Merlot 2/2011

    Today, Merlot is seeing something of a restoration of its reputation. With less bad Merlot on the market, consumers can finally begin to understand not only...


  • Nicolas Contenta in Friuli

    Today we feature a report from Nicolas Contenta that illustrates the broad range of wine, food and spirits in Friuli, Italy, you can expect to see reports on...


  • Hot Toddy

    It's cold season and this winter has been harsh. Having succumbed to the evil flu earlier this week, I decided to explore the aged old cure-all, the Hot...


  • Jeremy Parzen Tastes 42 Tocai

    At our first Consorzio tasting in Cividale yesterday morning, team blogger COF2011 tasted 42 — yes, count them forty-two — bottlings of 2009 Tocai...


  • Top Wines for Valentine's

    With Valentine’s Day upon us, many people will be analyzing every detail to ensure a perfect evening. From the flowers to the chocolate, menu to music,...


  • France in the Cellar

    One of the joys of wine geekery is the selecting, buying, cellaring, and eventual consumption of wines. Establishing one’s cellar, and all that entails, is...


  • What is Hot in 2011?

    With January behind us, and everyone -- yours truly included -- making predictions about what’s hot and what’s not these days, it’s a good time to take...


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