The wine have been double-decanted … … and tasted … … and the glasses have been filled … Antonio Galloni’s computer is plugged in, Eric Baugher is at the table, the olive oil has been poured, the Watsonville Sourdough has been sliced, the… Read More ›
Blends defined by cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, etc.
It’s not necessarily how it sounds; The Tasting Mat. It’s not a physical location. It is, however, a physical object. It’s your guide through the tasting. And as such, it’s a very important document. Page 1. Three wines. It begins…. Read More ›
Monte Bello Noir? It was a dark and stormy night. Except it wasn’t. What it actually was, was a warm and sunny morning, with the low sun casting rays through the gauze of morning haze that lightly veiled the vineyards… Read More ›
I very recently had the opportunity to prepare, serve, and taste a rather preposterously fine vertical of Monte Bello: the 2011 first assemblage, a 2010 barrel sample, and the 2009, (which is in bottle, but not yet released), plus the 1978,… Read More ›
A Vineyard In Winter -or- Of Course You Can Go Home Again, But Is There Someone Waiting? -or- Homecomings Of The Wine Gnome
The Vineyard in Winter. It strikes me that a January vine is not unlike an empty-nested parent. The children are gone now. Bouncing from weird relationship to weird relationship. Bouncing checks. Bouncing in beanbags that obscure the growth of mushrooms in the… Read More ›
Anyone who’s read about this tasting series, or perhaps even attended an episode, will know that there is always a theme to each tasting event. This was again the case for what was the final Wine Bloggers Tasting of 2011,… Read More ›