There is hope . . . In my estimation, California is always an extremely attractive place to spend time in, whether merely visiting or for a lifetime. It has the best of everything nature can offer, to wit: the perpetual beauty and power of the Pacific ocean, mountains, trees, foliage, and fertile land, the
July is always a good time to reflect upon the fact that I’m an American, born and raised. And I know that the US is certainly capable of making world-class wines, as already proven by the likes of Shafer Vineyards, Château Montelena, Ridge Vineyards, Dunn Vineyards, Opus One, Dominus, and many others, large and small.
These are two truly great names in the world of fine wine, each with a uniqueness that transcends their respective undertakings. The former, of course, is the centuries old (1833), famously celebrated, champagne house known for its outstanding vintage and non-vintage champagnes–a household name, really. The latter, is a French wine educational institution for industry
Have you ever wondered why Champagne is present at nearly every major event, celebration, or gathering? Have you ever wondered what is so compelling about this ultra-distinguished wine? Me too, and it took some years to figure it out so, if you haven’t yet discovered Champagne, you’re missing true greatness. Where I went wrong
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a wine critic? Of course you have, being the wine professional or aficionado that you are. On the surface it seems like a dream job to many of us with thoughts of thousands of wines to taste, high-end wine event and party invitations,
I am disheartened by the gradual but obvious changes in some of wine’s Old World regions that have been moving toward producing wines that take on New World wine characteristics. Specifically, many wines from France and Italy, including Bordeaux and Brunello di Montalcino, have over the past ten years been quietly changing their taste profiles.
In recent years it seems we can’t visit the Internet, watch TV, or read a publication without some new study informing us that wine is in some way good for our health. According to a number of studies, drinking one to three glasses of red wine per day will fend off (choose one) various types
(originally posted May 2014) On a recent samedi soir I stepped off a busy street and was delivered into opulent surroundings that felt as though I had been teleported to a different country. Although I had not been here before, the elegance and intimate feel of this beautiful restaurant, Congress, seemed familiar
If you follow this site much, I’m sure you’ve noticed a change and hopefully it’s been for the better. Retooling everything has been something I’ve wanted to do for some time but time of course is always at a premium. So, like some sort of undesirable intervention, my hosting service provider decided to no longer
A few weeks ago I had a small soirée with friends. Virtually everyone that attended is a serious and very knowledgeable wine collector (or is the other half of a collector) and are people that I have had the great pleasure to know and taste wine with over the course of years. There were eighteen