• The many faces of Tempranillo

    Have you ever noticed how much of California looks and feels a lot more like Spain, as opposed to say, Burgundy or Bordeaux? They both tend to be dry, hot,...


  • Symphony with Horns

    Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $3.9 million grant to develop a mechanical sprayer. The chemicals used in vineyards have become so...


  • Wine Writing

    It's Tuesday, the night before my blog is to be posted. And although there is always scintillating things to talk about regarding the wine world, I have to...


  • Busiest time of the year for a wine consumer

    As it turns outs the busiest time for a wine consumer like me is not around the holidays or any other special event.  The busiest time of year is during the...


  • The Proliferation of Pinot

    The proliferation of Pinot Noir along the West Coast has created a lot of confusion as the fruit of vineyards, young and old, are used to make myriad styles...


  • Really Old Madeira

    I have a thing for Madeira. I've never bought a bottle, but I have been lucky enough to taste some pretty cool stuff and each time I'm blown away by the...


  • Sangiovese is a beautiful thing

    At its best it produces wine with a brightness that belies its aggressive acidity and slightly astringent tannins. In that regard it is much like the spring,...


  • Three Wines for Valentine's Day

    Memories are made of this; lazy evenings watching the sunset or the fireplace roar, the gentle touch of a hand, the warmth of your lover's breath on your...


  • Wine is recession proof

    Its been a busy month for wine industry research reports and forecasts. Yesterday Vinexpo, in conjunction with the IWSR, released their 12th Global Study on...


  • Ermitage

    I spent the last week in the French countryside for work – the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone.  The wine countryside(s).  I was there to...


  • Goodbye Syrah, Hello Sangiovese

    While Snooth's Syrah GTi concluded this past weekend and Sangiovese is off to a great start, I would be remiss if I didn't add a little follow up to last...


  • Syrah PTP

    In coordination with Snooth's Global Tasting initiative I scheduled our Panel Tasting Program blind event this past week as a focus on Syrah, California...


  • Dinner with a wine maker

    I admit it; I love to go out for dinner.  I love it even more someone else pays.  So when it came time for the annual Loxton Cellars winery dinner, I made...


  • Smashing Syrah from Around the World

    Part of the adventure embodied in Snooth’s Global Tasting Initiative is discovering new producers or new wines that may have otherwise dropped below your...


  • Higher Wine Education in America

    As wine's popularity continues to increase in the United States at a torrid pace, new wine magazines, wine blogs and even wine podcasts are popping up nearly...


  • The WSET Diploma Mise-en-scène

    As I mentioned in my previous post, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is a British non-profit offering wine education courses available throughout...


  • Vintage Reports

    It's the middle of January and Napa Valley is unseasonably warm (back-to-back 80 and 82 degree days this week) and dry.  Winter, which promises wet weather...


  • The 2007 German wines are in the news and they're going fast!

    Word is that the incredibly long growing season, a result of early flowering and an even, cool growing season have yielded a great crop of wines. Well my...


  • Discover the Alto-Adige in 2009

    I was fortunate to spend several weeks in Italy during the spring and summer of 2008 and during my time there I was able to taste through hundreds of wines....


  • Break Out the Bubbly

    Well the results of our Snooth poll are in and you’ve told us what you want to drink while ringing in the new year! Now we have some recommendations for you!


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