Archive for the Tag 'Petit Verdot'


The Microcosm of Maremma is Where Red Tuscan Land Meets the Sea ~ Part II

A quick recap from Part I, regarding this region’s location: Capalbio is a commune, from the Province of Grosseto, in the Tuscany region of Italy… WHERE: Tuscany Bordered by Tyrrhenian Sea, on its West Side From Discover Tuscany, “Maremma [as a microclimate] is unique because of the variety of its territory: blue sea, long beaches, […]


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 […]


Top 10 intriguing things about Argentina and its wines

Argentina and its wines Argentina is the world’s fifth largest producer of wine. Eighty percent of Argentina’s wine comes from Mendoza, South America’s largest wine producing region. (Yesterday, I wrote about the Grove Street Malbec. This is where the wine got its origin.) Spanish missionaries planted the first Vitis vinifera wine grapes in Argentina around […]


Tom Klein of Rodney Strong talks about his 2009 vintages for Cab and Meritage

I’m very lucky to be living in Russian River Valley, where so many wonderful wine companies are based. Little did I know on my very first trip to California, when I visited Rodney Strong Vineyards in the early 1900s, that someday I’d be living five minutes away by car. My interest in Rodney Strong wines […]


Winemaker Joel Aiken is at it again, with the launch a personal project, appropriately named Aiken Wines

On January 6, 2009, winemaker Joel Aiken launched his wine consulting company, when he left the position of vice president of Winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV). Well known for producing award winning Cabernet Sauvignon wines, it was time for Aiken to branch out on his own. BACKGROUND Joel Aiken had developed an interest in winemaking […]


Wine Marketing 101 ~ Labels ~ They all tell a story, and here’s mine

In the the late 60s, my friend Leon Pinkham said to me, “Album covers have the greatest art on them.” I hadn’t thought much about it before he said that to me. I had just taken it all for granted, but once Leon pointed that out, it was clearer than clear. Along with that musical […]