Archive for the ‘Merlot’ Category


Joe Woerly with Vineyard Chocolatiers ~ Chocolate Kickstarter program

Vineyard Chocolatiers ~ A tasting ~ My Notes Chardonnay Flavored White Chocolate ~ Creamy smooth with Chardonnay taking white chocolate to a new place, slightly floral and sweet, lingering cream. Merlot Flavored Dark Chocolate ~ Ripe plums with a very smooth finish… delicate, yet full bodied. Cabernet Flavored Dark Chocolate ~ Creamy ripe cherries and […]


A Lesson in Old World and New World Wines

Some believe that winemakers have a sense of their wines and sommeliers have a sense of their place. Let’s explore that through wines that I tasted side by side with a group of wine pros with Old World and New World comparatives. Old World ~ Primitivo 2008 Primitivo Rosso IGT Puglia ~ With the high […]


Wine of the Week ~ Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 Bordeaux Rose ~ partie trois

This sample came to me from Natural Merchants. I was asked if I’d taste Les Hauts de Lagarde’s 2015 Bordeaux, which is both organic and verified as NON GMO. If you don’t know me, I’ve been as organic as I can be, once – in the 60s – a “health food” store opened. It wasn’t […]


My Story for Passion of Wine ~ Partie deux

Bordeaux Wine Grape Varieties [Cabernet Sauvignon leaf. Photo credit: Jo Diaz] It’s marvelous to hear people defend genetically modified plants as “it’s been happening in the wine world since forever.” This is a teachable moment. As I explore the world of Bordeaux this year, having received my inspiration from Millesima Cie, what I’m learning I’ll […]


Wine of the Week ~ Super Bowl 50 Wines

Football fan or not, Super Bowl is a great excuse to party. And, since Super Bowl 50 is going to last for an entire day of celebrating, I’m moving away from just one wine for the wine of the week recommendation, into a couple of wines. If having wine rules with your crowd, I’ve got […]


Three San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition wine picks from Wilfred Wong

Wilfred Wong is the popular and affable Cellar Master at BevMo! His palate is highly regarded; his opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy. Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional use, only. Wilfred’s image comes from his BevMo! wine blog page. If you’d like to […]


Deliciously Naughty Wines: Casillero del Diablo from Concho y Torro

[Mysterious images have been borrowed from the Casillero del Diablo Website. I recommend that you visit the site for some fascinating flash.] Deliciously naughty… and foiling thieves in the night… What gives us more pleasure? Casillero del Diablo is an ambrosial story that’s so worth sharing. It’s inspired me to also outsmart a neighborhood thief, […]


VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES ~ Viszlay Vineyard Wines by DC Productions

*Very exciting news for these videos: They’re now also being offered on Appellation America as content. John Viszlay of Viszlay Vineyards talks with Jose Diaz (Diaz Communications), in this video series of winemakers and grape growers, discussing Viszlay Vineyards’ viticultural and winemaking practices. Viszlay is located in Russian River Valley, just south of the town […]


Educate Your Palate By Trying Old World Versus New World Wines ~ The Red Version

This is a lead-in from two earlier posts, because it sets the stage, if you didn’t read either blog: Wine and Lunch With the Somms and Sellers ~ Young’s Market Style Looking to Quickly Educate Your Palate? Try Tasting Old World Versus New World Wines ~ The White Version My friend Chang Liow of Chinois […]