• 2008 Bordeaux

    There’s no doubt that in many markets Bordeaux is hot once again. Given the amazing media hype of the 2009 and 2010 vintages, it might be easy to forget...


  • Rediscover Chianti

    Tourism, art, history, music, cuisine, culture, olive-tree dotted hillsides, dusky amethyst sunsets, ancient ruins, wine. When one thinks of Tuscany, it is...


  • New York State Wines

    I can remember what must have been among my first experiences with New York State wines, colored as my impression might be. It must have 1969 or 1970 and we...


  • Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country

    The Central Coast is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in California. With its panoramic view of the ocean and mountains and wide array of...


  • Top Sangiovese Destinations

    If you’re going to enjoy Sangiovese, there is no better place to go than back to the Motherland. In fact, you can pretty much substitute in the word wine...


  • Leap Year Wines

    You have an extra day, what will you celebrate with? I've given his some thought. My first idea was to recommend all Extra Dry and Extra Brut sparkling...


  • Syrah Travel Guide

    If you’re going to travel in search of Syrah, there is only one destination in my book: The Rhône Valley. On the steep slopes that flank the Rhône River,...


  • 2009 Burgundy

    Burgundy wine is expensive, confusing, and more often than not considered a minefield. Right? Yes, it is expensive and it can be confusing, but it is much...


  • Tuscany Travelogue

    If there's such a thing as a “Mecca” for bicycle travel, Italy may be the place. And if you love wine and Italian cooking too, then you'll definitely...


  • Virginia Wine Trail: Declaration of Epicurean

    The Chardonnay at Pollak Vineyards tasted of crème brulée and fig. Or was that the Viognier? After our fourth Virginia Charlottesville-Piedmont region...


  • Wine Region of the Year 2011

    Looking back upon my reams of tasting notes and experiences, one thing really stuck out in 2011. And while I say that it is one thing, it is actually (as...


  • The Best of Napa Valley

    A visit to Raymond Vineyards is sure to please wine country travelers as it offers a myriad of unique tasting experiences in the most memorable settings. The...


  • A Passion Born in Bordeaux

    Tony Laithwaite still remembers the summer he fell in love. Back in the mid-sixties, while a young Tony travelled through Bordeaux, he happened on a friendly...


  • What is Rías Baixas?

    So, you want answers? Well, we have them! First off, Rías Baixas is pronounced ree-ahs-buy-shuss. Remember that name. Every time you reach for your favorite...


  • A Look at Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

    Once upon a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, you only needed to know about Napa Valley. Being a long valley opening virtually directly onto the San Pablo...


  • A Trip to Sonoma County

    I recently visited Sonoma. I spent the better part of a week there, rushing around from winery visit to winery visit. I have to admit that doing all that...


  • South African Cabernet

    I am a big fan of South African wines. I find real terroir and a true intersection of new and old world wine styles in these fine bottles. The unusual...


  • Wines of Chile Recap

    If you missed our virtual tasting last week with the Wines of Chile and Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer, you missed an action and information packed hour!...


  • 8 Climate Change Winners and Losers

    Climate change, it's happening and we seem powerless to stop it. Whether we get our act together and get a handle on climate change (if that is even...


  • Tasting Loire Valley Wines

    Loire Valley wines set international standards for Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, as well as producing unique local specialties like...


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