• Cameron Hughes - Amazing Wines, Amazing Value

    The classic model for wine sales includes not only the private domains, but also the often neglected negociant. Simply put a negociant buys wine to be resold...


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    Greetings from Australia!  The land of big Shiraz, great beaches and the wild outback.  My travels (for work) have taken me from San Francisco to Sydney...


  • Snooth Panel Tasting Program takes on Argentine Malbec

    This past weekend I inaugurated Snooth's Panel Tasting Program with a line-up of value driven Argentine Malbec. For this first test drive we proceeded in a...


  • Harvest by the numbers

    With the daily polls touting candidate's ups and downs, state by state, coast to coast, and with my fellow guest blogging Canadian's recent statistical look...


  • Wine on the North Fork of Long Island

    The North Fork of Long Island, New York is home to some 30 wineries, who, together, manage around 3,000 acres of vineyards. The climate is maritime in the...


  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair

    I remember when I was growing up in Toronto (Canada, eh) that one of the annual events that I always wanted to attend was the Canadian National Exhibition at...


  • Rustic and Rewarding

    For this week's Wine and Music pairing, we have a Michigan based 5 piece band called Frontier Ruckus  and a 2005 Petit Sirah from California based Ursa...


  • Harvest 2008, Merlot Fermentation.

    It has been a little over one month since we first harvested Sauvignon Blanc on a scorching summer day. In the weeks that followed, the seemingly endless...


  • European Vacation Part I

    Two words: Jet lag.It is the torture that many people, including myself, must go through to enjoy a proper vacation.  Some people can deal with jet lag...


  • A Picturesque Pairing

    Thus far in my Wine and Music pairings (which started in May), I have not included any “classical” music and have focused mostly on summery and zesty...


  • Harvest 2008, Post 2: Survival of the fittest

    Winemakers in Napa Valley are breathing a sigh of relief this week.  There has finally been a reprieve in the weather that has been blistering through...


  • Half Full

    Lately, I've been writing a lot of “how to” entries and I know these can be semi-mundane, but hopefully they're creating a solid foundation for further...


  • Pairing Wine and Music - Share in the Fun

    “If you're feeling what I'm feeling come on, all you soul searching people come on.”- Delta SpiritIn an effort to share in the fun of Wine and Music...


  • Larkmead Vineyards Harvest 2008

    Larkmead Vineyards Harvest 2008Harvesting HotOn August 15 Larkmead Vineyards commenced its 125th harvest.  And it was not the only three digits we reached...


  • It's My DOC in a Box

    I may be the only one harping on the Italian Agricultural Ministry's decision to allow wines graded DOC to be “bottled” in the fairly ubiquitous...


  • Top Food and Wine Pairings

    Inspired by John of Loxton Cellars, who posted his ten top wines of all time if money was no object recently, I am putting together by own list of top wine...


  • How to order wine

    For some, ordering their tall (or is it short??) double, skinny, mocha, latte, iced first thing in the a.m. is a no brainer, but don't feel as confident when...


  • Esoteric Electronic

    This week's Wine and Music Pairing includes a 2006 Pinot Noir from Kent Rasmussen's Esoterica label and a track called ‘Vine to Vine' from Matthew Dear's...


  • Bohemian Highway Blues

    “Uncork, unwind and let the journey begin” - Bohemian Highway WineryThe first time I purchased Bohemian Highway Chardonnay was just after a long windy...


  • The Art of Blending

    At Larkmead Vineyards we have a Tasting Room. But as our venerable, resident raconteur and Winery General Manager likes to say, we don't normally give tours...


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