Tweet So many people are blogging about wine today: from pros, to connoisseurs, to hobbyists… Pros, it’s another platform. Connoisseurs, because it’s fun to share their thoughts, and maybe… just maybe… it will turn into later creds… like Robert Parker did for himself. Hobbyists are writing about their experience, simply because they enjoy the beverage, […]
Tweet It was a beautiful summer’s day, when we all gathered to taste the 2011 Rutherford Cabernets, at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery. I need to immediately segue into the late 1990s. I was sitting on a panel for the American Wine Society in Cleveland, Ohio, I believe it was. I was invited to talk […]
Tweet Although there’s a lot of “romance” associated with the “wine experience,” additional aromas like perfume, when tasting wine, don’t really add anything. In fact, perfume takes a lot away from a really pleasant experience. I’m no saint with this one. I’ll admit it… I learned this the hard way. It was when I began […]
Tweet A wine tasting experience ~ elitism can sneaks in and ruin a good glass of wine… I remember the first story I wrote about wine tasting experiences. I was suggesting that people should get over the elitist BS that goes with enjoying wine. Yeah, I just wrote BS, because that’s all it is to […]
Tweet [This image is of Michael-David Winery's tasting room. It exemplifies what I've been saying since the beginning of my wine career... A tasting room is a farm store. If we think of wineries as an agriculture stop along the way, we have a deeper understanding of the entire wine process. Since I'm mentioning Michael-David […]
Tweet Passport Sunday in Suisun Valley is presented by the Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association Wine and food tasting: Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It’s been great to help launch Passport Sunday in Suisun Valley, and to continue to see it flourishing through the efforts of a very dedicated […]
Tweet Image via Wikipedia Your nose is the key to enjoying a glass of wine, long before the wine ever hits your palate. The act of swirling your wine (volatilizing your esters) releases the bouquet. (The bouquet is a result of the wine making process. Aroma, on the other hand, is related to the scent […]
Everything really is bigger in Texas: It’s the No. 5 wine-producing state in the U.S., the Texas Hill Country American Viticultural Area is the second largest in the nation and its most promising wines boast supersized flavors. Visitors may flock here to sip wine, but they end up drinking in the romance of the region, too.
There’s a person inside of me that’s very much like HoseMaster of Wine Ron Washam… We’ve both been in the business for a long time, we’ve paid our dues, and neither of us take any prisoners when it comes to faux anything.
Tweet [Image of Sue Straight from San Francisco Chronicle wine judge Website.] Most of us know her as a wine writer, wine judge, a singer in her funky, down home bands, and a friend. But, when I first met Sue (over 20 years ago), she was working at Lambert Bridge Winery, with consumers on their […]