Getting out to visit a winery is always a rare treat. We moved to California from Maine, because of the opportunities. Once embroiled in work within those opportunities, however, visits are now mostly for appointments, in order to get more work accomplished. This past week, Jose and I segued back to my former place of […]
[Paperwhite flowers are a typical December bloom. Photo by Jo Diaz.] The beginning of December – this season – has been beautiful weather wise and visually. I’m now in the Mayacamas Mountains, above the Alexander Valley floor. The views are spectacular… stunning, really. Perhaps this is why my devotion to blogging every day has waned […]
Do you know that wines from Sicily are elegant and really affordable? With most of them selling for under $20, they make perfect “house wines,” too. During the holidays, especially if you’re of Italian descent, these wines will happily grace your table and heritage. Guests will be able to savor your past, while enjoying your […]
This is going to be a fun read. Anyone who’s read my Road Warrior Survivor Guide, which debuted in the print copy of Wine Business Monthly (August of 2001), knows there’s a sassy world out there.
With Peter Stafford-Bow being a professional wine buyer, I’m betting that the story’s characters are going to be classic!
Introducing Ernest Vineyards, a new artisan producer of cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast… Owners Erin Brooks and her husband Todd Gottula produce wines that have been created to express their clonal attributes and their terroir’s sense of place. When they began Ernest, their mission became to “focus on love of family, […]
Aberrant Cellars, a Willamette Valley wine producer… Hello Pinot Noir and Pursuing the Profound ab·er·rant ˈabərənt,əˈberənt/ adjective: aberrant departing from an accepted standard. Biology diverging from the normal type. This was the birth of Aberrant Cellars… This is brand is a combination of old world, new world, and some modern attitude. From his Website: Introducing: […]
“We should have gone swimming, first…” [What’s underlined below are the connective dots for which I’ll be remembering this 2015 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling Mosel. Try this system for remembering your wines, too. It works.] We happily ended the evening, when Corinne said, “We should have gone swimming, first…” Here’s how it all began. […]
Austrian wines are really so delicious. Taste their wines, and you learn a bit about their culture. Their motto: arrive and revive. I’m sure that it has a lot to do with their mountains, for starters. From the Austrian Info Website: The miracle of Austria is that all of its wine regions are incredibly easy […]
Mark Oliver, a partner of Windrun Wine, located in Santa Barbara County, emailed to ask if I’d like to taste his Pinot Noirs. As his company is a négociant wine brand, there’s a lot of freedom to choose wine grapes that are grown in the finest vineyards, which makes the most sense to some. Windrun Wine […]
Batonnage, the stirring of lees after fermentation, at The Rubin Family of Wines, is performed by winemakers Joe Freeman and Ed Morris in a new fan-dangled way. Batonnage is a great example of Wine Ed 101. It’s also important to note that assistant winemaker Ed Morris worked as a cooper for 11 years, prior to […]