Way Important Stuff

The grounds at the Paso Robles Inn
While once the wines were big, jammy, fruit-forward, and alcoholic, they now have added layers of complexity and maturity which was almost unheard of a decade ago.

It's an end of one era, but the beginning of something just as great.

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

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.

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."

My eyes rolled back into my head so many times that I had eye pain by the end of the hearing.

As noted, the incredibly archaic and stupid laws that are on the books guarantee that it's almost impossible to start a winery in this state.

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
While I've had coffee infused beer in the past, this particular stout will put hair on your chest. I'm grabbing tweezers.

2011 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc - Bordeaux
Drinking this wine and imagining oysters made me think of a Hemingway quote from A Moveable Feast: As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture...

This series will be a description of each AVA, its climate and geology, the grape varieties grown, and, of course, the wineries and wines that it produces.

I mean really? Does Nevada need a wine industry? After all, money isn’t everything.

So if a couple like Adam and Dianna can manage to create well over a dozen different Pinot Noirs from many disparate regions and still have them TASTE LIKE PINOT NOIR, then what the hell's wrong with the nitwits whose Pinot Noir tastes like dreck? I don't get it.