• 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...


  • Dog Days of Summer...

    I know it is not a good idea to complain about summer. It is a time where everyone can get outdoors enjoy the weather and not have to have numerous layers...


  • Stampa

    I am still toying with the shape and tone of this blog so forgive me as I feel my way. This week I feel compelled to comment on some Italian-wine news that...


  • Barbera and Tomato

    As old and fabled of a pairing as bacon and eggs or Adam and Eve, Barbera and tomatoes hardly need an introduction.But I feel like cooing, so here goes.While...


  • Shiraz vs Syrah... An identity crisis?

    Shiraz is the Bruce Wayne of the wine world, thereby making Syrah…Batman.  Cutting to the chase, Shiraz generally, is a straightforward, bright, vibrant...


  • Complimentary Cool

    For this week's Wine and Music post, we continue to explore the pairing potential of Willamette Valley, Oregon with a 2006 Pinot Noir accompanied by a silky...


  • Rethinking Bordeaux

    For you business school types, wine geeks, Bordeaux aficionados and value seekers, the good people at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration...


  • Robert Parker Goes Under the Feiring Squad

    It's hard to read the title of Alice Feiring's new book without construing the work as a well-aimed character assassination on the world's most prolific wine...


  • Blind Tasting

    Blind TastingEarly on I had blogged about the responsibility of wine knowledge and how people rely on you for recommendations. I have found out the one...


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