Archive for the Tag 'Pinot noir'


Peter Stafford-Bow ~ debut novel, entitled “Corkscrew – the highly improbable”

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!


Clone and Place ~ All Things in Ernest

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, […]


There’s something so visceral about a new client ~ Aberrant Cellars

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: […]


Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling Mosel

“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. […]


Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Biokult Österreich Rosé Secco

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 […]


Wine of the Week ~ Windrun Wine’s Pinot Noir

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 […]


Wine Ed 101 ~ Batonnage

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 […]


Wine Lover Who Has Everything ~ Almost

I have titled this “Wine Lover Who Has Everything ~ Almost.” Some of you know what I’m talking about. I’ve been in those wine cellars… And, I’ve seen those collections, but I have NEVER seen this one in the cellar, except in my own. To have the wine is one thing, to know the essence […]


The Charlemagne Connection, by Novelist R.M. Cartmel

If I were writing my own autobiography, I might have come up with this title, The Charlemagne Connection. Direct descendant of Charlemagne, including his first born Pepin the Short Pepin born from Charlemagne’s first wife, and heir to the throne This genealogy led to Kings of Scot Which lead to the Reverend William Blackstone, who […]


Get Your Gris On – Think Appetizers

On November 14 and 15, 2015, Oak Knoll Winery is again getting its Gris on. Long standing proponent of Oregon Pinot Gris, Oak Knoll Winery has historically supported this variety. And, it has good reason to do so… Pinot Gris is the state’s largest wine grape crop. Many would love to have Chardonnay catch up […]