Cork Revisited – Wine Passions: A Cork Comeback

Golan Heights Winery
It bodes well for the resurgence of cork, particularly in light of serious environmental and climate concerns.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Visiting the Wineries

Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
And the lottery tickets didn't help. Eight dollars in winnings don't exactly add up to a retirement-worthy windfall.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Day!

I had an embarrassingly large meal at the Brat Stop (where two insane people are the proprietors), but it helped me to continue to observe and photograph the event without having to worry about the drunken staggering factor.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Road Trip, Part Deux

I'm especially happy that I had the presence of mind to stop at Refugio State Beach and take some footage and photos just days before the horrific and inexcusable oil spill.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – Winemakers Seminar

Yes, growing grapes is similar to actual farming, but he noted that while regular crops required water in order to live and thrive, grapevines only required water to not die.

Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Road Trip

When I stopped for gas at Barstow, I opened up the glove box to see if there was a manual in there. Well there was. Unfortunately, it was on a CD, still nicely shrink-wrapped. What use was that?!?

Cork Revisited – For Your Wine and for Your Head

After all, cork isn't trying to function like screwcaps or synthetics, but the verso is most definitely true.

The Nevada Senate, Winery Law & Me – I Have No Juice

New tax laws are being escorted through the legislature like a hot date on prom night, and this bill which has the potential of bringing so much business - and its resulting revenue flow - into the state is looked upon as “minor.”

Nevada Winery Law: From Whoopee to WTF in 3.5 Seconds

So how did I go from ecstasy to dismay faster than a funny car at the Winternationals?

From Chilean Petit Sirah to French Whisky – An Afternoon Tasting with Palm Bay

The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don't hate me because I'm Prüm.

Hug Cellars Pinot & Syrah with Friends

No additives and no laboratory gymnastics to get the wines to fit a certain "profile," just fermented grapes in a bottle. What more could you ask for.

Rex Pickett’s Vertical – Part Two of the Trilogy

If you love a well-crafted, beautifully-plotted book, you will enjoy Vertical. As with all of Rex’s books, you'll have to bring your brain to the table. And a dictionary wouldn't hurt, either.