I like Mondays. Why? May I present … … my Monday Morning Meeting. We started in on the zinfandels first. The tasters: Myself Paul Draper (CEO, Head Winemaker) Eric Baugher (VP of Winemaking, Monte Bello) David Amadia (VP Sales &… Read More ›
All things Zinfandel, and/or blends based on Zinfandel.
I cannot help myself; I’m in the Year-End-List spirit. I MUST make my Best-Ofs … And for today’s canonically contributive endeavour, I am going to grapple into submission a task never yet set; I am going to attempt to name… Read More ›
I lived in New York once, and then left, and then moved back and lived there again. That should tell you something about my feelings for New York. That said, I lived in Northern California once, and then left, and… Read More ›
It’s lunchtime on the mountain, and that’s a very fine thing … 2004 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay Rich, supple, viscous mouthfeel, with warm tropical fruit and sweet, creamy vanilla and beurre blanc on the nose … Wide-reaching on the… Read More ›
Dawdle around on the oldies stations long enough, and you’ll hear it. A pathos-laden and groovily roosty little slab of romantically dogmatic pop folklore; “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.” Based on an old Irish folk song, re-interpreted by Leadbelly, and brought into… Read More ›
All the table ’twas indeed a stage, and ’tis true many a player strutted and fretted its hour upon it, but at curtain’s culinary closing, ’twas a deuce of thespianic éclat that in truth reigned supreme … — Meaning, of course, that… Read More ›