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Mezzo on North Rancho

My Las Vegas: Mezzo

The Smith & Hook was far too rambunctious and showed its youth. Wait. Let's back up. Did I really say that?!?

Proof: A Reference Book That’s a Fun Read

Warning! The word "geek" or the phrase "geek out" appears a lot in this review. Because I geeked out over a lot of stuff.

Las Vegas Strip Casinos. Every. Single. One.

They are always amazed as I text (using Siri and hands free – I practice safe text) things such as “I can’t believe the traffic on Flamingo! I’m stuck here at Caesar’s Palace!”

Daily Drinkers: 2013 Le Grand Noir Chardonnay Blend

It's one of a new type of wine from a maverick group of winemakers who are taking traditional grapes and doing very untraditional things with them.

New Feature: Daily Drinkers

My search has taken me to several go-to favorites including Costco, Trader Joe's, Fresh and Easy, and even - shock! - Whole Foods. (Motto: Why Pay Less?)
2012 Cotes du Paso Robles

Tasting Notes: 2012 El Côtes du Paso Robles Blanc

Until these last few bottles, this had been one of my go-to "daily drinkers," one of those wines you pop, pour, and don't need to ponder over.

Tasting Notes: 2005 Hunt Cellars Moonlight Sonata Reserve Chardonnay

There's no way that you'd confuse it with one of its Burgundian cousins; it is quintessentially California, and it wears its California style proudly.

What’s New is What You Can’t See!

It's based on a scale that I can hang with; the usual wine rating systems award 50 points just for being wine. So if the wine really stinks, it still gets 50 points!

Growing Up and New Changes

I hope to be able to unveil the new look on August 31, leaving the Labor Day morning for tweaking and then barbecuing later. Of course!

Pinot Noir, Typicity, and Dog Shows. A Rant.

But when a pet quality wine being touted as a potential Best In Show winner, then something has gone awry somewhere.