• All About Albarino

    Well, the weather has certainly begun to change, and while many folks are making the transition to autumn reds, I’m holding onto the last vestiges of...


  • Raising The Bar

    Let's not look down our nose at the basics. A solid five-bottle bar -- gin, vodka, rum, tequila, and bourbon -- can anchor one hell of a cocktail party, and...


  • Barolo's Best Kept Secret

    Having recently returned from my annual participation in the grand trade tasting formerly known as the Alba Wine Exhibition, and now known as Nebbiolo Prima,...


  • Zagat Wine - A New Way to Buy Fine Wine

    For over 30 years Zagat has been the name to help you find the finest restaurants. Now, with the introduction of Zagat Wine, that same systematic approach...


  • Wine Cellar Ceilings and Lighting

    Now that you’ve built your beautiful walls, don’t neglect your ceiling! It requires the same treatment that you walls did. Installing a vapor barrier...


  • Wine Cellar Vapor Barriers

    Once you’ve built your walls you’ll need to add a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier serves to prevent the cooled air from the cellar from leaking into the...


  • How to Build a Wine Cellar

    We all love the idea of having a dedicated cellar, a distinct shrine, er, room to store our treasured bottles. So, what does it really take to convert part...


  • Building Wine Cellar Walls

    When it comes to building a wine cellar there are basically two choices. You can either repurpose an existing room or section off some space inside of it....


  • Wine Cellar Flooring

    A cellar can get by just fine with the unfinished cement floor, especially if you’re in a very well drained area. My cellar floor is laid over very thin...


  • Wine Cellar Windows and Doors

    If you have a window opening into your cellar, you might want to consider sealing it off, or using it to vent any cooling unit you might use for the space....


  • John Gilman on Ch. Magdelaine

    Château Magdelaine is quite simply my very favorite estate in all of St. Emilion, and probably would rank in my top five producers from the entire Bordeaux...


  • Weekly Wine News Roundup

    News from the world of wine for the week beginning August 23, 2010.


  • Best in the Midwest

    They'll come from St. Louis and Smithville and Manhattan, Kansas, bearing bitters and shakers and, in at least one case, cucumber-skin-laced melon balls on...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 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...


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