• A Day with Luigi Pira

    This past May I made sure to visit Luigi Pira, particularly in light of the brilliant showing of his 1998 Barolo Marenca in a recent vertical tasting. While...


  • The Real Dirt

    There's a version of Scott Elder and Stephanie LaMonica's story that goes like this: A young, restless couple falls in love with wine, and sets out for the...


  • Hair of the Dog

    It's the great equalizer, really. The morning hours don't care whether you started last night with a Manhattan or a martini, a tequila shot or a g&t. They're...


  • Sangiovese: Behind the Varietal

    You can’t talk about Tuscan wine without mentioning the region’s famed grape, Sangiovese. Derived from the Latin phrase “sanguis Jovis” (meaning...


  • Riding Out of Santa Rosa

    Any visit to Sonoma wouldn’t be complete without a look at some of the truly iconic regions, and the Russian River Valley certainly qualifies. This rather...


  • Wine 101: Understanding Wine Labels 2

    Last week I began to tease out the information contained in one not-so-simple little sentence. It's a fairly typical example of a good, informative wine...


  • National Tequila Day

    Raise your glass, let's make a toast. Here's to the margarita, frozen or on the rocks, the savior of happy hours and hot days from coast to coast. Here's to...


  • Raise the Kamikaze

    There's something about the Kamikaze that just screams amateur hour. 2 for 1 special. Bowling alley bar. It's one of those cocktails that shows up in lists...


  • Wine 101: Understanding Wine Labels

    I love the back labels on wine bottles. Some are famously informative; Ridge Vineyards' labels, for example, offer a descriptive and virtually complete...


  • Lime Light

    If you want people in period dress at your Mad Men premiere party, you'd best meet them halfway with some era-appropriate drinks. Martinis will work, and...


  • Tuscany: Behind the Region

    Winemaking in Italy dates back more than 3,000 years, so you can bet that by now this country has mastered the art of creating some of the most delicious and...


  • Enter The Zombie

    More hardcore than the Mai Tai, The Zombie's legend begins in the 1930s, when Don the Beachcomber first mixed the brutal concoction at his restaurant in...


  • A Guide to Rioja [Infographic]

    Learn more about the different styles of Rioja, and how they pair with food.


  • Rioja Makes a Perfect Match

    With their magnificent victory in this year's World Cup still fresh in everyone’s mind, this is a great time to take a look at the wines of Spain....


  • Bitter Truth

    It's 1820. A German doctor lights out for Venezuela, to join Simon Bolivar's fight against Spain. It's not long before he's Surgeon General, manning a...


  • The Everyday Guide to Wine

    Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan’s Everyday Guide to Wine is a gift every wine drinker can appreciate, and Snooth users can now get it at a tremendous discount....


  • Wine 101: Corkage

    Corkage is sometimes a difficult game to play even though it seems to be pretty simple. The customer is granted the privilege, and it really is a privilege,...


  • Stirring Sake

    The sake cocktail could be seen as the sad stepchild of the real thing, a stand-in served only while a restaurant awaits a hard-liquor license. Purists will...


  • Wine 101: Corkage [Infographic]

    What you can expect for your corkage fee.


  • 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...


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