• Wine and the economy

    This past Sunday I was at Loxton Cellars working at the tasting bar as I usually do.  It was the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend.  Typically the Sunday...


  • Monterey Pinot Noir

    Monterey Pinot NoirHands up if you've had a wine from Monterey.Of the 850 wines that I've rated on Snooth, I've had around 15 from there. Pretty poor...


  • Music and Wine

    The concept of pairing wine and music has been gaining in popularity especially as a result of two recent news items. A paper published by Heriot Watt...


  • London Calling

    Trade fairs, no matter the trade, are a Darwinian exercise in survival of the fittest; specifically survival of the flashiest. I am often reminded of Bourbon...


  • Chocolate and Wine?

    While its rumored that the gods (Zeus in particular) devoured chocolate and wine every hour, on the hour, I've never been a huge fan of the combo. In fact,...


  • Summer Time Reds 101

    It seems with the turn in the weather, a lot of people are up in arms about what they “should” be drinking. Lately, a lot of my customers have been...


  • Art and Music and Wine

    Last week in the Snooth forums, Philip linked to a BBC news article that reported on a recent University study that claims background music has an impact on...


  • $18,518.52 per bottle

    A couple of weeks back I wrote in my What I've Learned post that, “consumers will always be price sensitive, but the goal is to create a conversation,...


  • Birthday Bash Wines

    To celebrate my husband's most recent birthday, we invited my cousin and her man over to our place for exuberant bash for four. And by exuberant I mean that...


  • Say goodbye to Tocai

    In April 2008 the name of an important Italian wine denomination will cease to exist: Tocai (pronounced: To-kah-ee) was part of a long tradition and wine...


  • I put a spell on you, baby

    I am sitting here with a glass of Sangiovese di Romagna – Fattorri Zerbina's Torre di Ceparano to be exact, more on that in a second – listening to Nina...


  • 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...


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