2010 Jalama-Cargasacchi Pinot Noir – Jewelry in a Glass

Jalama-Cargasacchi Pinot Noir
Like many of the other wineries in the Ghetto, his vineyards are located in what can arguably be termed the middle of nowhere.

Bottle Shock – Not the Movie!

The Day Job
I spent a lot of days doing little at home other than vegging on my recliner, drinking copious amounts of water (we had an incredible heat wave and I touched little other than water and juice), and watching TV. The good life.

Scandal (the show), Olivia, and Me

Someone told me that the main protagonist and central character of the ABC series Scandal reminded her of me. "You have to watch it," she said. "She's almost exactly like you, except younger, prettier, and really talented."

The Anomaly of Donati Family Vineyard

I met with Mitch Bakich, a handlebar-mustachioed young man who is the Managing Evangelist of Donati. I was able to taste through all of their available wines and despite the screaming shrieks and agonized protests of the Budget™, walked out with at least half a case.

An Evening at Jaleo

So what do you do when you've had the opportunity to visit one of the best restaurants in Vegas and do a review, but you're with your main squeeze? You punt.

The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

The Mirage, Las Vegas
It doesn't seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that's dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.

Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

Cork oak trunk section
If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Largest Winery-ish

Boxes of local wines
The largest winery in Paso Robles isn't one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It's not even a winery, at least not technically.

Steven Spurrier – Interview and Winery Tour

View from Ridge Winery
He single-handedly - along with the finest palates in France - brought California wine to the world's consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let's just say that it wasn't a happy moment for the finest palates in France.

I’ll See You In My Dreams – The Movie, Wine, Sam Elliott and Sex

Chardonnay Grapes Close Up
Carol and her friends lived a golf course community lifestyle, and I already knew there’d be no Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay anywhere.

2005 Hunt Cellars “Moonlight Sonata” Chardonnay – Reprise

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Just how many times am I going to review this wine?!?

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Cypher Winery

When I slunk into work the next morning with two unyielding, risqué tattoos in full view, my coworkers at The Day Job™ asked, "Just exactly what were you doing in (insert air quotes here) Wine Country?!?"