Archive for the Tag 'Wine Spectator'


Wine and Lunch With the Somms and Sellers ~ Young’s Market Style

My friend Chang Liow of Chinois Asian Bistro had me stand in for him at a recent wine tasting and luncheon. His restaurant Chinois is located in Windsor, and the food is wonderfully delicious. If you’re a wine person, along with being a foodie, you’ll marvel at his wine list. It’s one that gets stolen […]


If you don’t want the truth, ask an employee ~ If you want the truth, ask a consultant, like Darryl Miller

I’m usually brutally honest, because lying is abhorrent to me. I think it ended when I stopped going to confession. As a small child, I’d have to make up lies; so I’d have something to discuss with the priest, who needed to bless me. “Dear Father, please forgive me, because I did this, I did […]


Wine Spectator is Redefining Wine Travel on iPad

The press release reads: Just in time for the harvest travel season, Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, is pleased to announce the release of an innovative new iPad travel app: Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley. This app delivers Wine Spectator’s world-class editorial content on Napa Valley in a unique format that […]


Open Letter to All Petite Sirah Growers And Producers

First of all, to the members of PS I Love You, I don’t know how we could have accomplished what we have in the last nine years without you all. What we’ve done: September 19, 2002 ~ 62 Growers and Producers combined. August 20, 2011 ~ 1,000 Growers and Producers combined. We’ve just hit this […]

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Protected: From Woodstock to Wine Stock, Wines That Rock ~ Update: Train

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Opus Vino ~ A Vinous Opera of Wine People, Places, and Brands, Orchestrated by Jim Gordon

What an amazingly impressive book, this Opus Vino ($75.00). Editor-in-Chief Jim Gordon is a man for whom I’ve had the deepest respect from day-one when I entered the wine business. That was nearly 20 years ago. Formerly the managing editor of Wine Spectator, and now the managing editor of Wines & Vines, Jim’s got solid […]


Generational Shifting ~ It Just Takes Time and Innovative Talent

There’s no getting around how one generation takes control of the reins, but it doesn’t happen as quickly as the younger generation wants it to happen. I was just reminded of this with a wine brand proprietor; but, before you read what went down, here are a few life’s observations that give credence to the […]


Best Wine Books of 2010 ~ For your Holiday Shopping Needs ~ Day 2

This past year, I’ve received a good amount of wine book for my reading pleasure, and also for reviewing. I may have come across something for almost everyone for this holiday season. Continuing from yesterday’s Day 1: Home Winemakers Bible Home Winemaking For Dummies ($19.99), by Tim Patterson ~ Tim Patterson is not only an […]


Wedding wine lists for the summer ~ How much to buy?

Comments this week will be placed in a drawing for a $75.00 gift certificate from True Fabrications. (Just your name will qualify you.) Drawing on Saturday. [Pictured: My daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Heath Hoffman at Pacific Star Winery exchanging their vows.] My cousin Margo recently asked for help, as someone in the family who […]


MaryAnn Worobiec of Wine Spectator ~ Wine Writer

MaryAnn Worobiec of Wine Spectator has been a colleague that I’ve admired and respected since she took her place at the Spectator. I appreciate that she brings a female voice and perspective to this wine magazine’s list of talented writers. She’s also just a lovely woman, and I also appreciate her candor, fairness, and great style […]