The Color of Wine – 2016

Betony Faustin, Abbey Creek
Don't get me wrong; my day-to-day interactions with folks in the wine trade have been terrific and I *feel* the respect once we get started talking about/tasting/studying wine. They know I know my shit and that I'm open to learning when I don't.

Typicity, Tasting, Hemingway, and Scrooge

When the wine does not have the characteristics that you have come to expect from that varietal then there truly is a Great Disturbance in the Force.

Happy Holidays!

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carolvideo
Have a very Happy Christmahanakwanzika and Festivus for the rest of us!

Robert Parker, Wine, and Menopause

So why is it that the overwhelming majority of official wine tasters and critics are men? It's not because they're better at the sniffing or tasting. It's because they have better memories. And because they don’t go through menopause.

The Death of (A) Freemark Abbey Merlot

Freemark Abbey and Tasting Bag
You know those movies that have the slow-motion scenes when something horrible is about to happen?

A Toast to Cork!

Every time I find a video about cork, I will post it. This was a news report from last year, and somehow I missed it!

2012 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray

2012 Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray
Because I'm a lunatic, I've decided to pursue several wine certifications. Why? Because I want to know as much as possible and share what I know with those who care to learn. What that means is that I have to know the tasting matrices of the various certification bodies: Guild of Sommeliers (aka Court of Master Sommeliers), Society of...

Wine Tasting at Harley-Davidson

The bikes were awesome although I admit to being a motorcycle coward.

The Cooking Experience – Mise En Place

Olive Oil Breadsticks
Besides, once more people know about it, it'll be harder for me to get into the really great dinners. Less for me.

100% Cork Coalition Marches On!

I feel the environmental impact of the cork industry cannot be underestimated.

Uncorked – My Newest Addiction

I suddenly felt the way you feel when you have that dream where you aren't wearing any clothes and everybody looks at you like you're crazy? That feeling.

2013 Olema Chardonnay – Sonoma County

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Kudos to the winemaker for such a deft touch and avoiding the buttery overoaked character so often seen in Chardonnays developed in new oak.