• Kunde Family Estate

    California, and especially the Bay Area, has a long, glorious history of family-run wineries. There's a lot of history laying around the region but with so...


  • Soaking In It

    Let's take "Things that can be improved by adding bourbon" for $200. We'll accept "water." Or ice. Chocolate cake. Dinner with the the in-laws. Lemonade....


  • Cellar Temperature

    Last week I began to take a look at cellar conditions -- the good, the bad, and the misinformed. I had written that article to include all the variables but...


  • Cellar Temperature and Corks

    Now, let’s go back and talk a bit more about those corks and the effect rapid swings in temperature can have on them. Corks work as seals in the bottle...


  • The Rise of Oregon Riesling

    After wrapping up my time at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, I made my way over to Nick’s in McMinnville, a real wine country institution whose...


  • The California Wine Club - On Sale

    We’ve been impressed with the selections offered by The California Wine Club in the past, but with their amazing offer of $1 shipping on every case or...


  • Sour Notes

    Meet the sour family. First defined by Jerry Thomas in his 1862 classic How to Mix Drinks, this rowdy crowd of mixed drinks takes lemon or lime juice and...


  • The Grapes of St. Emilion

    The Right Bank commune of St. Emilion is home to two of the wine world’s most dramatic red wine grapes, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. While winemakers in St....


  • Weekly Wine News Roundup

    News from the world of wine for the week beginning August 16, 2010.


  • Texas Spirit

    Later, there would be a booming distillery. There would be artesian springs and copper stills and 11 employees, all cranking out luxury vodka, right there in...


  • White Bordeaux

    Now, granted, white Bordeaux may not be everyone’s first thought for a summer wine, but it certainly should be. It's great as a summer refresher, and with...


  • What Makes a Great Cellar

    As I’ve been discussing some of the basics of wine over the past several months, people have asked me a general set of questions regarding my wine cellar...


  • Great Whites of Sonoma

    While Sonoma is well known for red wines -- just think of all the Dry Creek Zinfandels, Alexander Valley Cabernets, and Russian River Pinots that we’ve...


  • Discover St. Emilion

    The beautiful, ancient walled town of Saint-Emilion is one of Bordeaux’s most cherished historical treasures and home to some of its greatest estates. The...


  • The Truth About Gin

    Ever since juniper got involved with alcohol -- we're talking 11th century, here -- gin has been soaking hearts and minds, high and low. It was once...


  • 5 Most Haunted Bars in the US

    The good news about Friday the 13th is that it's still Friday -- it's socially acceptable to start drinking off the day's bad luck at the strike of 5. If...


  • Perseid Meteor Shower

    A few wines to enjoy with this years Persied Meteor shower, or any years for that matter. Just for fun!


  • IPNC 2010 Day Two

    Day 2 at the 2010 International Pinot Noir Celebration began with another convivial breakfast on the sun-dappled lawn at Linfield College in McMinnville,...


  • Tea Time

    Forget using tea just as a mixer. It's time to graduate to at-home infusions, steeping your spirits in a calming, cleansing, energizing dose of Earl Grey or...


  • 2007 Bordeaux: The Left Bank

    I've gotten a lot of flack for some of my opinions about these 2007 Bordeaux. While there certainly are many poor 2007s, the vintage is not a complete...


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