• Sonoma Zinfandel

    When I think of Sonoma, my thoughts naturally drift off to the great wines that so many of us enjoy. Pinot Noir has become somewhat of a poster child for...


  • 2007 Bordeaux - The Right Bank

    The trend over the past decade or so in Bordeaux (and around the globe) has been towards bigger, darker, fruitier wines. There have been many means to this...


  • Mastering the Martini

    You're asking for a fight. The second you throw down one notion of the ideal martini, you will be rebutted. Martini drinkers aren't shy -- especially while,...


  • White Out

    No, it's not actually Russian, that's just the vodka talking. Where this cream-based cocktail -- also known as the Caucasian -- was first mixed is up for...


  • South African Red Wines

    Well, all eyes are on South Africa these days as the world wonders who will win Sunday's exciting match-up between the Netherlands and Spain. I've already...


  • Wine 101: Tasting Wine

    I believe wine captivates the mind so much because it's such a sensual drink. It offers up luxurious colors of the rainbow from ruby to gold, and all manner...


  • Sud de France

    Amidst the varied terrain you can find outstanding vineyards for red wines -- from rich and round Grenache, to characterful Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault...


  • Burlotto in 2010

    As many of you know, I am a big fan of the wines of the village of Verduno. I was introduced to this small hamlet largely because of the wines that Fabio...


  • Earn Your Stripes

    Maybe it's a bit of a gimmick. Who cares? There's something undeniably appealing about spirits served in a neat stack, and something even better about being...


  • Zephyr Tours

    Zephyr Wine Adventures takes you to wine country like no one else: On the ground, up close, and personal. Rather than sit on a bus or in a van, Zephyr's...


  • Pitcher Perfect

    Ah, the beauty of batch mixing. Whether you're having friends over for the World Cup, or you're planning to spend Sunday camped out on a patio, having a...


  • American Spirit

    Sure. You could celebrate the 4th of July with domestic beer, or mixed drinks that layer in the colors of the flag (it's a fine excuse to use the remainder...


  • The Truth About Wine Prices [Infographic]

    A point-by-point breakdown of what your favorite wine actually costs.


  • Wine 101: Understanding Wine Prices

    As a wine enthusiast, I get asked many questions. How do they get the chocolate in the bottle? Why is this bottle so much heavier than the others? What’s a...


  • 2007 Bordeaux: Petits Chateaux

    While I always recommend sampling the wares of the Petit Chateaux, as they are generally a great source of values, I think there is a greater likelihood than...


  • South African White Wine

    Chenin Blanc is one of the world's least known and most underappreciated great white wine grapes. Originally from France's Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc has...


  • Thinking Outside the Shot

    There's no knocking the power and beauty of the tequila shot. With so many smooth, small-batch sippers on the market, you could spend a lifetime taking your...


  • 6 Things You Should Know About Malbec

    The Malbec you love is most likely from Argentina, from the wide stretch of desert at the base of the Andes. It's richly-fruited and gregarious and...


  • California Wine Club

    Are you looking for great wines, not only to enjoy, but also to learn about and share? Well, The California Wine Club is the solution! Founded with a...


  • Ice Age

    It doesn't matter what you're drinking. If there's ice in your glass, it's holding all the power. Those little frozen cubes (or shards, or shavings) can make...


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