I compare a good mixologist to a good chef; he's someone who knows his ingredients, preparation, best practices, and how the resulting cocktail should taste.
You won't regret it and you'll taste wines that will make you take a step back (The Wineaux Guy™'s term for a really good wine that stuns you).
And then I tasted it. Dammit.
While my reviews are focused largely on wines that I have purchased, received as gifts, are a part of a wine club shipment, etc., I accept samples for tasting and review.
Assuming that these questions come from a place of really wanting to know – as opposed to trying to get me to stop – I can think of only one answer: Passion.
I don't know if this is a "trail," per se, but I found it on Wine Country Getaways. The site is, as expected, primarily focused on Sonoma and Napa, as well as other Wine Countries throughout the U.S.
This is one of the most expansive wine trails, but once you're in "the neighborhood," you don't have to go far to get to the next one. In a word, Explore!
When we last went to the Zin Fest in 2010 (has it been that long?!?) we never expected to be interviewed by the local paper!
The drive from Paso Robles on Hwy 46 West to Hwy 1 is a beautiful one in the Spring, and you just have to visit them. The trip is more than worth it, and depending upon your dedication to speed limits, may only take about 20 minutes.
I almost never talk about "budget-friendly" wines. But this bottle caught my eye when I was doing research (yeah, that's it) for another project I'm working on.
People, like grapes, come in all colors. And like grapes, can sometimes be surprising with their personalities, characteristics, and the way that other people perceive them.
The difference is whether or not you use the spit bucket. If you're tasting, you use the spit bucket. If you're drinking, you don't.