Archive for the ‘Wine tasting’ Category


Variety versus Varietal

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Variety versus varietal University of California at Davis, if you care about precious credential: Variety is a noun. Varietal is an adjective. Example, I love the varietal characteristic of this variety. It’s that simple.  


10 Ways to Avoid Wine Country Crowds

Not everyone loves crowds. Those who do are ultra social beings and it’s great for them. (Keep it up!) It works, because the vast majority of people love being social and in crowds. But, there are others who prefer more intimate settings, so a list of  ways to avoid wine country crowds needs its place, […]


Napa Valley Early Forefather Aldo Biale

This is Day 2 of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. Today, I’m headed to the winery to enjoy […]


Aren’t I great?

It’s really difficult to promote oneself, which is why PR and marketing companies are chosen to do that task for others. No one can say, “Aren’t I great?” without losing credibility. Find a cheerleader, and your story will reach new heights; brag about yourself and you’re cooked. My greatest experience in self promotion In the […]


Thirteenth Annual Pinot Noir Shootout

To all of my wine pals, I don’t know anyone who works more tirelessly for Pinot Noir than Barbara Drady does. Her Affairs of the Vine annual shootouts are worth your time and energy. I believe in the process of a collective palate, just as I do for individual ones. Barbara’s panels are always worth […]


Well, if you’re not a super palate, I don’t expect you to get it

Super palate… yeah, if you don’t have one, don’t try to tell anyone who does how we learned to enjoy wine. There are rumblings out there about how people learn to enjoy wine. They break it down into their own scientific theories, and that’s just what they are… Theories, not a complete determination, because they […]


Cement Suitcase ~ A Wine Sojourn

Cement Suitcase is a comedy – tragedy about a character named Franklin. He works at a winery in Yakima Valley, and has to deal with life’s blows. It’s an award-winning, independent film about a tasting room manager and his humorous attempts to get control of his life. If you love independent films, and you love […]


Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015

  The REAL Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event:   Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * Robert […]


Age is a beautiful thing ~ Most especially in wine

The concept that age is a beautiful thing doesn’t always play out well in our Western Culture. In one of my psyche classes, we learned that there are two cultures that make up the world; although, I would argue that I fit into a third one. It would be an evolving Melting Pot culture, which […]


Conscientious wine making and scrupulous storage are required to go the distance

[Image borrowed from the Best of Wines.] Bacchus, author of the site, writes of Jim Ruxin: You will receive an email twice a month listing current holdings in Bordeaux, California, collectibles from current Parker-rated wines, Burgundies, Alsatian (a fetish), and even German Rieslings. His specialty is older vintages but you may have to wait until […]