This past weeskend, I had the great pleasure of hosting a very interesting group, and presenting them with a very interesting tasting flight. The group in question was Friends of the Winemakers. Per their website, they are “a non-profit corporation… Read More ›
Discussions and comments about specific varietals and/or blends.
I had the great pleasure of spending Thursday evening at decarolis design & marketing in San Jose as “wine host” for a Wine & Jazz themed event, courtesy of an invitation from Vince DeCarolis, principal and founder of the company…. Read More ›
I had a brief but very interesting opportunity to taste the 2002 Monte Bello yesterday, which I’d been gleefully anticipating for some time. As can be seen on the label image below … …Paul Draper had estimated, back in ’04,… Read More ›
The Beet Generation -or- We Got The Beet -or- Bestill My Beeting Heart -or- Grilled Beets And Petite Sirah, Oh My!
So there I was, standing in the kitchen, trying to decide what to make for dinner, and my missus said, “That reminds me, I need to use those beets …” But her particular and special treatment of beets is a… Read More ›
More On Carignane -or- Carignane, Tom Hill, And Me -or- How The Ridge Vineyards 1992 Whitten Ranch Carignane Changed Everything For Me
Tom Hill has very kindly allowed me to post some excerpts from his recent tasting of the 2007 Ridge Vineyards Buchignani Ranch Carignane, so I thought I’d share, so it isn’t always me up on the pulpit (My bit comes… Read More ›
There is a brilliant thread over at WestCoastWine.net that is currently running four pages long, and it’s all about Zinfandel! I highly recommend giving it a read … it’s right here.
Carignane Redux -or- Don’t Blame The Varietal For The Method? -or- Finding Time For An Oft-Maligned Vine
I’ve been having some very interesting back and forth with Tom Hill lately about Carignane; it’s been on my mind certainly, what with the new 2007 Ridge Vineyards Buchignani Ranch Carignane just released, and Tom seems to be feeling the… Read More ›
I seem to be spending a lot of time writing over on West Coast Wine Net today, which I’m really enjoying, but I’m trying to remember that I’m supposed to be writing here too! So I’m going to do another… Read More ›
My Baby Got Sauce -or – The Thrill Of The Grill -or What Do Grilled Salmon And The Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay Have In Common?
The answer to the last question in the title of this post is “The sauce I made my missus last night.” Here’s what I made: First off, a beautiful piece of wild caught Alaskan salmon, skin removed. Then garlic. I… Read More ›