Alta Napa Valley
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Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...
“King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...
British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...
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Esteemed wine critics like Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni employ gender-positive terms in their tasting notes without compunction. Masculine wines are commonly associated with structure and power, while feminine wines can be perceived as delicate and thin. Speaking about a trip to the Bandol region in the Financial Times, wine writer Jancis R... Read More
On Tuesday I wrote with great pleasure about a group of Cabernets that were right about $25 a bottle, some less. They represented much of what I look for in Cabernet, and at an affordable price. Today I turn my sights to wines that promise much more. At least they are priced in such a way as to promise much more, not that they always deliver. T... Read More
It’s always a good time to be talking about Chardonnay, but never better than now. As we lead into the holidays many will be faced with making the daunting choice of bringing a bottle or two to dinner. It’s a perilous responsibility fraught with potential for disaster, but it doesn’t have to be. When in this position stop trying to be the hero a... Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular and widely planted red grape varietals in the world. Part of its attraction is that it has a distinctive and very recognizable taste no matter where it is grown—which is perhaps why today we can find it in just about any wine growing region which is reasonably warm. According to Jose Vouillamoz, a bo... Read More
A small production (approx. 220 cases). This is a Fabulous Cabernet Value that will hang with the higher priced competition (Many of the $50-90 over-priced Cabs). A sweet candy like nose. Medium bodied with a ruby purple reddish color. A Cab that is concentrated and focused. Sweet fruit, blackberry, blueberry, violet well integrated fruit, oak a... Read More
From the Daily Beast a few days ago. Was waiting to see if someone else would post, but guess I have to do it. ;-) Marijuana-Laced Wine Grows More Fashionable in California Wine CountryApr 14, 2012 4:45 AM EDT Wines fermented with weed were a novelty in the early 1980s, but now quite a few California winemakers are producing cannabis cuvées on... Read More
With yesterday’s official beginning of summer, it's about time I take a look at some of the white wines we will all be reaching for over the coming months. I know it’s really easy to harsh on Chardonnay, everyone does it -- yours truly included -- but the truth is there's plenty of excellent Chardonnay floating around in today’s market. Some of ... Read More
There I was in the Parilla Pena, my favorite grill in BA, with three friends, when I discovered Septimo Dia. Parilla Pena (pronounced Pen-ya) is a legendary lunch favorite for Portenos who are lawyers, judges and businessmen, cause the courts are close by. It is special, amazing and not a tourist trap. Every November and December I go and rent a... Read More
I was invited to a tasting meant for restaurant managers, somms, etc., to choose wines for their venues. Lucky me! Thanks to Patrick Pretz of Crush Wines for an outtanding experience. It was a great opportunity for me to meet many winemakers and taste a broad range of wines. I will link the wines I tasted if anyone would like to see the info... Read More
Paso Robles Trip Notes:I went to Paso Robles over the weekend of the 26th of September. I had intended to be there three days, but something came up and I was only there for Sat and part of Sun, so I ended up getting to just a small selection of places. But I could have been there a week and still not gone everywhere I wanted to go! I will re... Read More