• 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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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