The Age of Riesling

+1 510 549-2444 1813 Short St
Berkeley, CA 94604
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Nearly thirty years ago, I stumbled into the wine business, more or less by accident, because my primary profession, that of writing poetry, did not provide much of an income. (And believe me, it still doesn't!) I needed a job with defined hours so I could do graduate work, thinking I might become a teacher. At the time, I was working as a mediocre carpenter across the street from the old Wine and Cheese Center down on Jackson Street in San Francisco. I used to get my sandwiches there, and occasionally buy a bottle of wine. One day I walked into the store and, thinking the wine business might be a pleasant change, not to mention solve the problem of fixed hours for classes, asked for a job. Somewhat to my astonishment, I got it, but only because the owner was an ex-English teacher and, somewhere in the interview, got to discussing favorite writers. At first, I sold cheese, but gradually worked my way into the wine department and, under the excellent tutelage of Mel Knox and Jim Olsen (both of whom some Read more »

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  • Al, Roederer Estate is a HUGE production wine.  BevMo and TotalWine should have it.  The Hermitage is the grand cuvee and a good value as well, but around $45 vs. $20 or less for the regular. Not going to post photos at this late date, but our NYE wines were a Prosecco called Italian Fox that I bought for the obvious silly reason.  It was pretty... Read More

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  • So what wine or other special beverage are you having tonight to celebrate the coming year?  We have a nice 2010 Barnett wine open right now, serving this with a grilled steak shortly.  Later tonight I'll open up a sparkling wine to ring in the New Year. Read More

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  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've brought you a panoply of Thanksgiving table wine suggestions over the past ten years. There was the time we assured you that Thanksgiving wines wouldn't break your bank. In fact, we've discussed Thanksgiving value wines time and time again. We've been here for you during Tha... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List


  • Yeah! It is oyster season in my town. Pick a peck in about 30 min. Best oysters in the world. No bias, no kidding. Wine = anything that is white, dry, French, and Loire or Champagne with an exceptional Chardonnay or Chablis admitted, meeting of course the French criteria. Notice the "spikes".  You will never see those on a restaurant oyster. The... Read More

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  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. Adults can and should enjoy their favorite Halloween candies with a little bit of wine. Wine and Halloween candy pairings may be contrived, but that doesn't make them any less fun. In fact, these pairings are quite complex. They are a fine and delicate art not suited to the ... Read More

    From the article It's Not Too Late for Wine and Candy Pairings


  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime throughout my teens and I'm just now picking it up again - after 30 years!  I can't believe how light the reels and rods have gotten!But back to wine and yes California, particularly in the Central Coast, gets little precipitation.  Many vineyards out there remain dry-far... Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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