• Portuguese Values Abound

    While there are some tastings I do not look forward to each year, there are others that I can’t wait for. For the most part that means things like Barolo...


  • Highlights from IPNC

    Every Summer, over seventy international wineries, fifty celebrated chefs, a small army of sommeliers and wine media, and a few hundred passionate wine...


  • Wines You’ll Probably never Try

    In a world where extremes are becoming the paradigms for perfection its a little surprising that one doesn’t hear much of the wines of Saxony. Strike that....


  • Pinot in Oregon?

    Julia Crowley’s fabulous look at the terroir of the willamette valley should gets every wine lover interested in the fabulous, world class Pinots that are...


  • The terroir of the Willamette Valley

    The terrain of Oregon's Willamette Valley is made up of bountiful complex micro-climates that play a major role in the dynamism and charisma of the region's...


  • Great Balls of Melon!

    Melons are a rite of summer. They are juicy, delicious and refreshing, and often just too big! What can you do with a whole melon before it goes all wobbly...


  • Assyrtiko. Again!

    There are some wines that even the pros can forget about. Wines that really never fail to wow when tasted but are too often missed or skipped over. Take...


  • Cotes Du Rhone in 2014

    Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where wines of people are generally more comfortable with varietal designations as opposed...


  • 10 Grilled Fish Recipes

    Summer is the time of grilling, but it's also the time lot's of our fishing friends get out on the water and bring home the bounty of the sea. With so many...


  • Great Grilled Eggplant

    Yesterday I finally published a rather extensive look at the Barberas tasted during my visits to Piedmont earlier this year. In that review I mentioned how...


  • Barbera is Taking on Airs

    I got so excited about dolcetto this year, see my report on The Return of Dolcetto, that I almost forgot about Barbera! I love Barbera. It’s a rich wine,...


  • Pinot Gris(gio): Yea or nay?

    Yesterday we had a run down of some recently released Pinot Gris. While there were some truly lovely wines in that selection, Pinot Gris remains a divisive...


  • Time to Ponder Pinot Gris(gio)

    I’ve been through this so many times before that it becomes rote. The differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. Well, there really aren’t any,...


  • Exploring Vouvray with Christy Canterbury MW

    This past month we had the good fortune of spending an hour discussing the fabulous wines of Vouvray with none over than Christy Canterbury MW. I've edited...


  • Sierra Foothills Zinfandel is Ready

    I believe that folks might already have gleaned that I am somewhat of a Zinfandel fanatic but some of my previous posts. In truth my job has resulted in my...


  • Oregon’s Unheralded Chardonnay

    I was recently in Oregon, for the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration, which is a splendid reason to visit Oregon’s wine country, though you...


  • Wow! Is That White Bordeaux?

    There are so many great value wines right under our noses that we often miss them as we’re scouring the shelves for something new. Some inevitably are...


  • Pinot Blanc, Pinot Bianco, Weissburgunder.

    I’m often asked what my favorite wines are. Just today I was asked what “Which wine would an expert like you suggest for a hot summer?” No fooling. I...


  • A Case for Montepulciano

    We tend to spend an awful lot of our time running around looking for things. We look for the greatest wines, within our budgets of course, and we look for...


  • 5 Cheap Red Blends

    For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian tastes at times, and that’s the way things should be. We should not derive our...


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