• Wine 101 - Loire Valley Wines

    The Loire Valley is one of the most exciting wine regions in France these days. Slow to be recognized and embraced by the world’s wine lovers, this...


  • Wine 101 - Northern Rhone Wines

    Unlike the wines of the Southern Rhône, the red wines of the north tend to be 100% Syrah, and the only other addition in most cases happens to be a small...


  • Wine 101 - Southern Rhone

    The main grape in the Southern Rhône is Grenache, followed by Syrah, Mourvèdre, and then Cinsaut. This is a land of blended wines; so getting to know the...


  • Castiglione Falletto - Barolo 2006

    As I tasted through the wines of the various villages of Barolo this past May, I looked forward to those of Castiglione the most. Yes, it's true. While I...


  • The Newest Bordeaux

    Bordeaux has always been a bit of a confusing region. Thanks to the classification of 1855 (which categorized the first through fifth growths of the Medoc)...


  • The Giants of Sonoma

    With this installment of "Driving Sonoma," we’ll be packing up and heading south out of Geyserville, and back towards San Francisco. We’ve made a couple...


  • 2006 Barolo: La Morra

    The modern-style wines of La Morra that I recently tasted were, as a group, broad in the mouth with plentiful supple tannins and significant weight. Many, in...


  • Discover St. Emilion

    The beautiful, ancient walled town of Saint-Emilion is one of Bordeaux’s most cherished historical treasures and home to some of its greatest estates. The...


  • Tuscany: Behind the Region

    Winemaking in Italy dates back more than 3,000 years, so you can bet that by now this country has mastered the art of creating some of the most delicious and...


  • A Guide to Rioja [Infographic]

    Learn more about the different styles of Rioja, and how they pair with food.


  • Rioja Makes a Perfect Match

    With their magnificent victory in this year's World Cup still fresh in everyone’s mind, this is a great time to take a look at the wines of Spain....


  • South African Red Wines

    Well, all eyes are on South Africa these days as the world wonders who will win Sunday's exciting match-up between the Netherlands and Spain. I've already...


  • South African White Wine

    Chenin Blanc is one of the world's least known and most underappreciated great white wine grapes. Originally from France's Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc has...


  • Driving Sonoma II

    Last time we were driving around Sonoma (virtually, of course!) we ended up in Santa Rosa, just entering the southern reaches of the famed Russian River...


  • Wines of the Ribera del Duero

    Spanish wines have recently taken the market by storm, but with so many great wines and regions sometimes it’s a challenge to find wines that truly express...


  • The Lure of the Jura

    Gazing up from the foot of AOC Château-Chalon, a sloped 50-hectare vineyard, makes the journey from neighboring Burgundy or Switzerland worth the meandering...


  • Getting to Know Sonoma

    By taking a closer look at the layout of Sonoma county and its appellations you can begin to understand why each is ideally suited for a specific style or...


  • 10 Fun Sonoma Facts

    I was lucky enough to spend some time in Sonoma last year, a wonderful place blessed with natural beauty and an admirable culture of respect for all things...


  • New Zealand Pinot Noir -- South Island

    With this third piece in our series on New Zealand Pinot Noir, the focus shifts to the South Island regions. These regions have done the most to promote New...


  • The Seven Most Surprising Wine Regions

    You know that Croatia has a heartbreakingly gorgeous coastline, and that Idaho has famous potatoes -- but did you know that they both produce notable wine?...


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