• 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Los Alisos Winery

    Looking for expressive wines that are still real values? Check out Santa Barbara County, a super source of great wines among in-the-know wine lovers! While...


  • Wine Words: The American Palate

    In wine circles, especially international wine circles, it's accepted as gospel that there is something casually referred to as the "American Palate."...


  • The Wines of Giuseppe Mascarello

    I consider myself very fortunate for getting to meet with Mauro Mascarello and his son Giuseppe each year, though Giuseppe was absent this year due to a...


  • Folonari for Every Day

    When I think of Italian wine, I think of it as an integral part of life. It’s part of living every day as it comes, and making sure to enjoy each moment....


  • Do It Yourself

    Everybody's growing their own. There are beehives on Brooklyn rooftops and micro-green gardens in Portland windowsills. Everywhere you turn, things are house...


  • Juiced Up

    The Bellini began in Italy, at Harry's Bar, that venerable Venetian icon that played host to Hemingway and Welles. Since its invention in the 1930s, the...


  • A Taste of Oregon

    It is always a pleasant surprise when you get the chance to sit across a dining table from a winery owner, especially if it's their dining room table. Such...


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