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Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...
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Oh the memories of Chalk Hill. My best friend at the time, dearly departed, was friends with Fred Furth who built the Estate. Fred was an eccentric old coot. Kind of a cross between Thurston Howell III and Raymond Burr. Very matter of fact but also very flamboyant/braggadocious. He almost always had his Great Dane at his side and a large Cuban C... Read More
Anyone have any experience?I've noticed Kelley mentioned among the best company in Oregon Pinot, popular with Somm's and the like. Being a Burgundy lover, I've mostly found CA Pinot painful (though I've found a few I like!), and Oregon Pinot quite a bit more elegant, but sometimes or most of the time more boring rather than painful (as I find wi... Read More
OT: John was taking folks back to the "barrel room" when I got there. ... have never been there, is an old barn insulated and kept cool with interior walls for things like bathrooms and office)There's a limit of eight. I would have been the tenth on the tour. I didn't even ask, although between my two "friends of John" I was sure I would be g... Read More
We finally got the news that we are approved for our planning permit. Now comes the really trying part: building permits, contractors' estimates, dislocation, refinancing, and dealing with the neighbor who tried to stop the project and who will harass the contractor. But it's official: I get a basement with room for a real cellar with temper... Read More
I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted. Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More
I took some heat last week for my less than glowing review of Brunello di Montalcino. While those wines were attractive, if you’re suggesting to people that they spend money on wines from Montalcino this year, my money is on the Rossos. I’m here to try and present the value proposition to readers. Sure values come in shapes and sizes, may they a... Read More
Hi all,Thinking about getting down there after NYE, but will have well-behaved nine year old with us. Are most of the wineries in Kenwood/ Glen ellen child friendly? Read More
It’s a great thing when things just come together. Earlier this year I had planned a trip to California to do some tasting but it had to be postponed. When I went to reschedule I noticed a thread in the Snooth Forum that was looking for people to join in a West Coast Pinot Noir Throw Down. I wasn’t sure what exactly that entailed but I am alway... Read More
I write this in the middle of a trip to California, the primary purpose of which was to taste Zinfandel. You see I love Zinfandel, think it’s the country’s greatest wine in fact. There is more diversity with Zin, plantedas it is basically throughout the state, than any other wine. Not only is it planted throughout the state but it hasin fact fou... Read More
In the Bay Area and in the greater LA area, the choices are pretty huge, but that doesn't mean everything is easily available--more on that below. BevMo is headquartered here, and its ancestry can be traced back to the beginnings of a wine program at CostPlus and to Safeway's launch of Liquor Barn. Short version is that Steve Boone more or less... Read More