2012 Troon Old Vine Meritage – What is Meritage?

While there are individual bad wines out there - and goodness knows I've sampled my fair share of vinous dreck - modern technology, coupled with the love and passion of the wine grower and wine maker, ensure that in whatever world we prefer, the wines are going to be good.

A Father’s Grief

Grieving Angels
You all know - even if not personally - the man I lovingly call The Wineaux Guy™. The last few weeks have been incomprehensibly difficult for us.

New Wine Toys?

Coravin in Grassini Tasting Room
In 2015 I gifted myself with several wine and food toys. It was imperative. ish.

The MGM Hates Locals – How Their New Parking Fee Plans Give Us the Middle Finger

MGM Grand Lion at front entrance
By making a last grasp into the pockets of those who keep them in business, they have shown that the customer experience is secondary to their gluttony.

Petit Fours & Grandmom, Movies & Critics, Food & Life

Petits-fours
Among her other jobs, she was a caterer in the deep South yet had never attended any kind of culinary school. Culinary schools were not available for daughters of ex-slaves in the Deep South in the middle of the 20th century.

Terminal Wine

But, as you can probably guess, after a weekend with the grandkids where I did not drink much, I looked forward to having this at home with my feet up and the TV going. Perfect.

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!

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...