• 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...


  • Unoaked Dub

    For today's Wine and Music pairing I chose a refreshing 2006 California Chardonnay and a flavorful Dub album which was released in 2007. The wine is...


  • The Omnibibers' Dilemma

    I have prematurely become an old man in at least one respect, I yell at mass media devices when I am angry or upset. I haven't crossed the line to where I am...


  • Food Pairing 101

    I've said before that I'm a firm believer in drinking whatever one's heart desires; the rules can bend or break no matter the occasion, weather, or meal....


  • A Postcard from Sicily

    The Sicilians say, that Sicily is a great place to live but a terrible place to work. The have the sun, the sea, the wine and the women, but they don't have...


  • 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...


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