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 ›
Discussions and comments about specific varietals and/or blends.
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 ›
The Big Sleep -or- The 1977 Monte Bello Arises -or- Fly On The Wall To A Dispatch From The Wine Front
If the nose of the ’74 Silver Oak was tobacco, the nose of the ’77 Monte Bello was a Montecristo cigar straight from Fidel’s pocket. Although the fruit was undoubtedly showing some age, it presented beautifully with dark cassis and berry flavors, along with deep spice, leather, and a bit of oak. The dark flavors elicited a “Nectar of the Devil” summation of the wine. In the off chance you have any ’77 in the cellar, the wine is clearly ready to drink, although will probably remain solid for a few more years.
Ok, we’ve definitely assembled a great group of tasters for our Jimsomare “Virtual Vertical,” now it’s time to set a day. I’ve had one person specifically suggest one so far, so I’ll start there; how does everyone feel about July5th?… Read More ›