• Trust Me

    In my last post I wrote about getting to Napa and Sonoma and getting through a day of wine tasting. Today I want to talk about trusting the man or woman...


  • Breakfast Wines: Drinking with Eggs

    We get a lot of wine pairing advice requests at the wine shop/wine bar where I work.Besides drinking wine on the cheap, it's my favorite thing about the...


  • Burns Night

    Burns NightOn Friday, January 25th Napa Valley residents celebrated the Immortal Memory of the “Ploughman Poet,” Robert Burns. The event was promoted as...


  • Cooking With Wine

    Lets be honest — the world of the oenophile is a...


  • Blasted Barcode

    Say what you will. Wine is not a quilt; it's neither handmade nor one-of-a-kind. It is a commodity. Even if production is minuscule. 500 cases, for instance,...


  • A Grand Tasting

    Mentioned briefly, last week, I was lucky enough to attend the New York Wine Experience Grand Tasting (like the event itself, quite a mouthful). It proved to...


  • Vintage Variations Among Labels

    Vintage Variations Among LabelsThe label above upsets me. It is sloppy and thoughtless. A surplus of old labels inspired this winery to print a conspicuous...


  • Who Benefits From the Democratization of Wine?

    “There is something approachable, unstuffy, even friendly in a bottle of Goats Do Roam compared with one of Côtes du Rhône.” The New York Times April...


  • Napa Valley Harvest Update

    [Another treat today, as I have the pleasure of introducing Daniel Petroski, Assistant Winemaker at Larkmead Vineyards, where I was fortunate enough to...


  • Decanting Vintage Port

    Decanting Vintage PortWhilst it is fun to do, there is no real mystery to mastering the act of decanting vintage port (or any other wine).Most people feel...


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