Today is Friday. Thus, a week from today is First Friday. Thus, a week from today is the first opportunity for members and their guests to enjoy a sampler of new spring releases in their “official” New Release raiment. On… Read More ›
All things Zinfandel, and/or blends based on Zinfandel.
2008 Ridge Vineyards Jimsomare Zinfandel One sniff and I know I’m in Jimsomare country; a great and strange place; funkily mystical, mountainously ghosty, soulfully perfect. Jimsomare. This is rarefied juice; pure Black Mountain, the aroma and flavor of another California;… Read More ›
Sustainability is a tricky thing. It’s like mind in search of no-mind. There is no there there. Sustainability is a tricky thing. It’s like sequestration. There is no perfect answer, and there must always be compromise. As but one example, consider weeds…. Read More ›
I just had the rather most lovely opportunity to prepare, taste and share a particularly singular line-up of Ridge wines … … Singular for a few reasons: –The new, not-yet-released 2010 Monte Bello Chardonnay –The new, only-just-bottled 2011 Lytton Springs –The… Read More ›
I had the pleasure of hosting Paul Draper and two wonderful guests yesterday for what was not only an excellent tasting, but an enlightening conversation. The topics were, amongst other things, the recent changes rung at the Wine Advocate, the Asian… Read More ›
Yesterday was a Wine & Food Tasting day on the mountain, and that makes Pappy happy. The goal? Select three wines, and three pairings. Our culinary compatriots for the event? The very fine chefs from Bash. My co-tasters? The Depth-Chargedly-Groovy Hospitality Team… Read More ›
First Friday. One of my favorite recurring events here at Monte Bello. It’s just so EASY! When is it? First Friday! Simple … And it’s just so delicious! There’s always a theme. A delicious theme. A delicious wine theme. The… Read More ›