• Massican's First Releases

    Dan Petroski, Snooth regular and assistant winemaker at Larkmead in Napa Valley has officially released his new label, Massican (named after the mountain...


  • New Zealand Pinot Noir

    New Zealand is well known as a wine-producing country -- the problem is it’s recognized almost exclusively for Sauvignon Blanc. The electric gooseberry...


  • Santa Cruz Wine Country

    The appeal of Santa Cruz is its bohemian splendor; it is, and always has been, a refreshingly down-to-earth stop on my wine country tours. Where else can you...


  • Five Wines For Brunch

    Few things are lovelier than a glass of Champagne with great quiche or killer waffles. But once you've mastered that partnership, why not play the field?...


  • Dashe Cellars

    I was fortunate to share a meal with Mike Dashe -- and several of his wines -- some seven or so years ago. A mutual friend arranged the little soiree here in...


  • The Country Cooking of Ireland

    There’s not much a wine guy can do when talk comes round to St. Patty’s Day. There are the usual green, suggestions -- Vinho Verde, Patricia Green Pinot...


  • Destination South Africa

    South Africa will have their moment in the sun this summer as legions of football fans (the one played with a soccer ball), descend on Cape Town for the...


  • Getting to know Syrah

    We’ve tasted quite a bit of Syrah here at Snooth, and it’s no secret that it’s one of my favorite varietal wines, not to mention a component of many...


  • Alexander Valley Cabernet

    Sonoma is just a stone’s throw from Napa County, up and over the Mayacamas range, but they really are a world apart in many ways. Napa Valley’s neat and...


  • Taking time for Portugal

    Portugal is poised to become the next important player on the international wine scene. Unlike some of the latest flavors du jour, Portugal’s wines are...


  • Travel Guide for Portland

    With people starting to make plans for summer vacation, yours truly included, I thought this would be a great time to share what I’ve gleaned from all of...


  • Rocking it with Roda

    Bodegas Roda is a new addition to the Rioja landscape. Nestled in the Alta Rioja among many grand old Bodegas, Mario Rottlant and Carmen Daurella had a...


  • Oregon Pinot Noir

    When I tasted a line-up of Pinot Noir last year that contained only one from Oregon (the winner of the tasting, by the way), I received quite the shellacking...


  • Torbreck Wines

    Founded only in 1994, Torbreck has quickly emerged as one of Australia’s most acclaimed wineries. David Powell, a local boy by way of Adelaide, left a...


  • What is Gruner Veltliner

    What’s a Gruner anyway? Well, it’s been the darling of the Sommelier and hipster wine-drinking crowd for several years now, but don’t feel bad if...


  • Sangiovese - A Baker's Dozen

    Sangiovese's claim to fame is its role as the heart of Chianti, Brunello and many Super Tuscan wines, though it is gaining ground as a varietal wine around...


  • Michael Mondavi and Folio Fine Wine

    This, our third and final installment in the history of the Mondavi family in Napa Valley, is by necessity the shortest story I have to tell. It’s not...


  • The Mondavi Story Continues with Robert

    I left off last week after going through the first chapter of the Mondavi Story, which ended with the ongoing adventures of the Peter Mondavi Branch of the...


  • 7 Super Chardonnays

    With all the blustery weather we’ve been having lately, and the usual array of hearty, wintertime food I’ve been using as a defense against it, it’s...


  • Mohegan Sun and The Debatable Value of Tasting Notes

    You'll want to forward this article to your wine-loving friends. While I take a few minutes to write about a series of tastings recently held at the Mohegan...


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