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.

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.

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.

Robert Parker, Wine, and Menopause

So why is it that the overwhelming majority of official wine tasters and critics are men? It's not because they're better at the sniffing or tasting. It's because they have better memories. And because they don’t go through menopause.

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...

Wine Tasting at Harley-Davidson

The bikes were awesome although I admit to being a motorcycle coward.

The Cooking Experience – Mise En Place

Olive Oil Breadsticks
Besides, once more people know about it, it'll be harder for me to get into the really great dinners. Less for me.

Uncorked – My Newest Addiction

I suddenly felt the way you feel when you have that dream where you aren't wearing any clothes and everybody looks at you like you're crazy? That feeling.

2013 Olema Chardonnay – Sonoma County

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Kudos to the winemaker for such a deft touch and avoiding the buttery overoaked character so often seen in Chardonnays developed in new oak.

“Speaking” of Wine

Santa Maria Inn Wine Cellar
Well, I was funny through all levels and made it for the finals! Who knew that talking about my dating life could be so hysterical.

“Speaking” of the Central Coast – Industrial EATS

Industrial Eats Deli top - extras to purchase
While I was at it, I also ordered a glass of Ampelos Pinot Noir which was served in a heavy tumbler. I had no qualms.