Big Horn Olive Oil Company – EVOO & Budget Clash

More Olive Oils
The flavors are amazing; they have small tasting cups that you can use to sample. That's how I ended up spending so much money. It's a plot.

A Day in Pahrump: My Visit to PVW

I came away with a new appreciation and excitement for the possibilities in Nevada. To be clear, we will never, ever be another California. It's not because we don't have the ability or the climate, but when over 80% of the state is in federal hands, that puts huge limitations on acreage alone.

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.

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.

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.

(Good) Nevada Wines from Nevada Grapes. Yeah. Really.

UNR Vineyards
For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity - they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes - and there wasn't much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

Visiting Southern Nevada Wine Country

This past Sunday I spent several hours touring and tasting at half the wineries in Nevada. Both of them.

“The Press” and Nevada Wine Laws – a Rant

The title alone told me that it was a story written for effect rather than for accuracy. The title, Winery expansion bill pits big counties against rurals couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Accidental Activist – Continued

Tasting Room at Pahrump Valley Winery
I really shouldn't call it a silly law because it was there for a reason. While there are several, it can be summed up in one quote: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."